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WZND station earns top national honors

WZND is a learning laboratory for students headed into a broadcasting career. The station began in 1965 as WILN.

WZND is a learning laboratory for students headed into a broadcasting career. The station began in 1965 as WILN.

WZND Fuzed Radio, Illinois State’s student-run radio station, has been named the Broadcast Education Association’s 2018 National Signature Station.

The association is an international academic media organization that accepts hundreds of submissions from around the country for the Signature Station Award competition.

Stations operated by students under faculty advisors are judged on community involvement, programming arrangement, branding/logo development, student management, volunteer recruitment, and broadcast equipment. Winners are chosen based on superior protocol and practices.

Steve Suess in the School of Communication is the managing director of WZND, at 103.3 FM. The station provides practical experience and training for students interested in radio broadcasting and related industries.

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As a former student announcer and newscaster for four years under the supervision of the late Ruth Yates and then Ralph Smith at ISNU's Tower Radio Studio in Cook Hall broadcasting over WJBC-Bloomington some decades ago, I wish to congratulate ISU's WZND radio station on being named BEA's 2018 National Signature Station, a truly great honor. Radio and television have come a long way at ISU since I was a student there! Good work, well done.

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