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Flava Station shows earn national recognition from College Media Association

Music Spotlight and Primetime Sports win first prize CMA Pinnacle Awards

Rickayla Mitchell

WANM-FM 90.5 shows Music Spotlight and Primetime Sports beat out more than 1,300 other entries to earn first place trophies at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Fall National College Media Convention on November 1 in Washington, DC. The CMA Pinnacle Awards honor the best in collegiate media.

Music Spotlight, a weekly dissection of R&B albums and mixtapes, hosted by Nathan Vinson, won a Pinnacle Award for "Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program." Primetime Sports producer Rickayla Mitchell, a senior broadcast journalism student from Atlanta, Ga., won “Best Sportscast” for an episode she produced, wrote, and voiced of the daily recap of both local and national, collegiate and professional sports.

Vinson’s passion for producing is evident when he discusses the work that went into winning the award for Music Spotlight. The show aired from Fall 2017 to Spring 2019.

“Practice and consistency will always make a better product,” Vinson said. “My first episodes were not stellar, but the quicker you jump into something the quicker you get better. The two-year highlight reel showed my growth as a producer.”

Vinson also secured a win for “Best Social Media Strategy” for FAMU-TV 20's Senior Sit Downs Series. He now works as a page for the National Broadcasting Company’s West Coast Page Program.

This is the first time SJGC’s radio station has been nominated or selected as the winner of this award. Station General Manager Terrence Ward says winning the awards instills pride into other School of Journalism and Graphic Communication students and helps put the school on a larger platform.

“One, it puts pride into the students to know their work is of quality and beats out other students across the country,” he said. “For me, it makes me proud to know that the work we’re doing as a group is being recognized and we are headed in the right direction,” he said.

Ward and WANM-90.5 Sports Director Avery Jacobs chose to submit an episode of Rickayla Mitchell’s Monday sportscast based on the senior’s superior production skills. Mitchell was the only historically black college or university student nominated in the category.

“I was the only girl in the category and the only person from an HBCU. It felt good to represent for my university and black women in general being that there aren’t many women in sports,” she said.

Earlier this year, “WANM also won the “Best Spot News Coverage” and “Best Use of Instagram” Awards at the 2019 Intercollegiate Broadcast System College Media Awards. The awards honor excellence in programming, on-air personalities, public service efforts and outstanding college and high school radio and television stations.