Rogers State University Radio received the Bret Michaels’ Spirit of College Radio Award for outstanding and spirited efforts made by college radio stations as part of the World College Radio Day global initiative, according to a media release.
Approximately 570 stations participated in 43 countries and six continents, and 10 stations were chosen. RSU Radio was one of four stations in the United States to receive the award. Each of the 10 global award winners received $1,000 to help with maintenance and growth of their respective stations.
“The college radio community across the globe is an important part of keeping independent arts and music alive and striving,” RSU Radio General Manager Tip Crowley said. “I am so proud of RSU Radio’s students and volunteers who create the quality of work that allows us to stand out in the world of public and student produced media.”
Stations are voted for by the team that organizes World College Radio Day, who seek to shine a spotlight on college radio stations that not only go above and beyond to celebrate the annual event but also embody the passion and mission of college radio.
Commenting on the winners, Anabella Poland, president of College Radio Day 2020, and Eva Gustavfsson, president of World College Radio Day jointly said, “We salute everyone’s creativity and resourcefulness in finding a way to come together safely and joyously. We are especially thrilled with the efforts and follow through of these 10 stations worldwide which went above and beyond for World College Radio Day 2020. A huge thanks to our illustrious ambassador for his generosity and support.”
RSU Radio’s special programming for World College Radio Day showcased student voices and locally produced shows. They debuted The Vinyl Breakfast, a show dedicated to the physical medium of music. The station also premiered Inside Hillcat Nation, which discussed the changes in the lives of RSU Hillcat Athletics caused by the challenges of COVID-19.
RSU Radio also took an in-depth look at the Living Room Concert Series, putting together best-of performances from the at-home concert broadcasts from throughout the year. In addition to new programming, RSU Radio showcased its local music program Only Oklahoma, listener favorite HiFi Heresy, and many other specialty programs.
RSU Radio KRSC-FM 91.3 has been promoting community and culture over the airwaves in northeast Oklahoma since 1980. In April, the station celebrated its 40th anniversary. Since its inception, the station has seen students win scholarships and production awards from the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
For more information about KRSC Radio or to listen to the station, visit rsuradio.com.