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First-time finalist, WANM-FM 90.5 “The Flava Station,” brings home trophies during the 79th International IBS Conference.

Tallahassee, March 4, 2019: WANM-FM 90.5 was victorious in two out of the four categories, “Best Spot News Coverage” and “Best Use of Instagram” at the 2019 Intercollegiate Broadcast System College Media Awards, honoring excellence in programming, on-air personalities, public service efforts and outstanding college and high school radio and television stations. WANM was named the winners during the 79th International IBS Conference (www.mediaconferences.org) in New York City on Saturday, March 2 during the College Media Awards ceremony.

FAMU journalism students, Senior Bria Wesley & Sophomore Dy’Min Cannon, were the recipients for the “Best Spot News Coverage” award for their collective efforts in covering the gun reform rally held at the Florida State Capital in Tallahassee, following the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018. The broadcast included an interview with surviving students after their efforts to speak with state legislators on gun reform. The station’s performance on the social media platform Instagram was awarded with the trophy for “Best Use of Instagram,” which was managed by alumna Kalen Johnson and the station’s director and Terrence Ward.

The station also was also finalist in two other categories, “Best Spot News Interview” for the gun reform rally and “Most Innovative/Creative Program” for the show “Music Spotlight” hosted by Senior Nathan Vinson. “Music Spotlight” focuses and dissects R&B albums, EPs and mixtapes produced by some of today’s most popular and up-and coming recording artists. All three student-finalist and the station’s manager attended the conference and awards ceremony.

For more information on WANM-FM 90.5, please send an email to wanm@famu.edu. Stay up-to-date with the station on social media, @905TheFlava on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

ABOUT WANM-FM 90.5

Launched in 1976, WANM-FM 90.5 is the campus radio station at Florida AM University housed in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. The station, which broadcasts with 1600 watts and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, provides as a training ground and creative outlet for students at FAMU. The station’s format comprises of a variety of genres: Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop & Reggae, hence the name “The Flava Station.” The station also dedicates air time as outlet of information; broadcasting daily newscast, sportscast and social commentary on current events, social issues and pop culture.