Utica Students Achieve Third Consecutive Year of Excellence with Pioneer Radio
Pioneer Radio at Utica has been around since 1946
WPNR 90.7 Pioneer Radio, the official student-run radio at Utica University, has received an excellence award from the New York State Broadcasters Association for the third consecutive year.
The award received this year was for Outstanding Public Service Announcement (PSA) and was produced by Mark Mason Jr. ’24, a communications and media major who held the title of production manager for the radio station this past year. Mason’s PSA highlighted Utica University’s emergency call boxes that are located throughout campus.
Previously, WPNR has won the Serving New York award (2019), and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards for outstanding promotional announcement, and outstanding use of digital platforms (2020).
Another accomplishment for the radio station has been its strength throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a decrease in staff, and a small enclosed work environment, the station has been fully functional without incident the entire time.
Pioneer Radio at Utica has been around since 1946 when it began as the “Voice of the Campus” club. Since then, it has grown to be a very successful radio station run completely by students, and supervised by Doug Croft, chief operator and Station advisor of WPNR, and adjunct professor of communications.
“I have been fortunate to see the effort and talent of both our current students and alumni as their advisor during this developmental period in Utica radio history,” Croft said. “For me, it feels like the students are finally beginning to get just some of the recognition that has been deserved this entire time.”
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