Last week, MTV's college-themed arm MTVu announced nominees for their 2008 Woodie Awards, which will take place in NYC November 12th and will air on MTVu on November 19th, 2008. Voting in a variety of categories (best music on campus, best video, etc.) happens through November 7th.
They've included a category for best college radio station. According to their press release (via ReadJunk.com):
"For the first time ever, mtvU is honoring 20 pioneering college campus radio stations committed to bringing students the latest indie and emerging music. Lauded for championing artists before they achieve mainstream success, these student-run radio stations represent the new music vanguard long since abandoned by traditional FM radio. The top stations were chosen based off accolades from CMJ College Radio Awards, Princeton Review Nominations, and independent questionnaires completed by a cross-section of record labels. One station will bring home the inaugural Woodie for Best Campus Radio Station, as voted on by their peers."
The 20 nominated stations for the Radio Woodie (Best Campus Radio Station) are meant to be "For the station out there breaking the latest, emerging music, acting as pioneers in the industry."
Nominees for 2008 Radio Woodie – (Best Campus Radio Station)
KALX-FM (University of California, Berkeley, CA)
KZSC-FM (University of California, Santa Cruz, CA)
KSSU (Sacramento State University, CA)
KZSU-FM (Stanford University, CA)
KCSU-FM, (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO)
WSOU-FM (Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ)
WERS-FM (Emerson University, Boston, MA)
WICB-FM (Ithaca University, Ithaca, NY)
WBSR-FM (Brown University, Providence, RI)
WUSB-FM (Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY)
WUTK-FM (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN)
WRAS-FM (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA)
WEGL-FM (Auburn University, Auburn, AL)
WWVU-FM (West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV)
WXYC-FM (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC)
KSLU (St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO)
KUOM-FM/AM aka Radio K (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)
WGRE-FM (DePauw University, Greencastle, IN)
WDBM-FM (Michigan State, East Lansing, MI)
WITR-FM (Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY)
From what I can gather, each week until the awards there will be a vote for best station among a list of 5 (organized geographically). Each week's winner will move on to the finals.
Voting for West Coast stations ended September 28th and you have until October 6th to vote for your favorite college radio station in the Northeast (WSOU, WERS, WICB, WBSR, or WUSB). Voting continues each week for the remaining stations.
There's also a very active "comments" section on the nominee page, so you can share your opinion or read what others have to say about the stations up for the award.
As with all awards lists, this one is very subjective and a lot of excellent stations were not recognized. Is your favorite station in the running? If not, who do you think should have been on the list?
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