Three UMass Boston Students Finalists in National Radio Competition

Office of Communications | March 02, 2012
Three UMass Boston Students Finalists in National Radio Competition

Winners to be Announced March 3 in New York City

Three University of Massachusetts Boston students have been selected as finalists for the third annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards. The awards honor student radio broadcasters in news, sports, and public affairs categories.

Seniors Caleb Nelson and Jacob Sommer have been nominated in the Best Public Affairs Program category for their piece, JFK 50. Junior Aran Gilmore, a student DJ at WUMB 91.9FM, is nominated in the Best On-Air Personality category. WUMB General Manager Pat Monteith entered all of the students in the competition; she will be accompanying them to New York City for the awards ceremony March 3.

"For the past six months, the WUMB staff has worked with more than a dozen students in a comprehensive workshop and hands-on program about radio broadcasting. These three students clearly stood out in their interest and willingness to learn, in spending the time on necessary research, and with practice, practice, practice,” Monteith says.

Sommer, a political science major from Medford, says Nelson asked him to serve as an announcer for a radio series of short pieces about John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Each piece goes over a piece of Kennedy’s legacy, from his inauguration to the Bay of Pigs to how his administration handled the Freedom Riders. 

“It will be my first time representing UMass Boston in a wider sense than being a student. I'm a little nervous, but I am looking forward to it,” Sommer says.

Gilmore, a junior art major from Jamaica Plain, says he is looking forward to attending the ceremony and representing UMass Boston and WUMB.

“Until last fall I had never really done radio of any kind, so this has been an amazing experience,” Gilmore says.
“Even if they don't win in the national competition, the skills they learned through our training program along with their own efforts will stay with them forever and will help them in whatever career they choose,” Monteith says.

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