Senior Samantha Nakhoul won the Specialty Music Director of the Year
award for her work as promotions director and hosting of Campus Buzz in
the annual CMJ (College Media Journal) awards.
Campus Buzz is a specialty show featuring mostly indie-rock, while
WSOU is a heavy metal radio station, which is why she was nominated for
this particular award.
Nakhoul has been working at the radio station since her freshman year and was assistant promotions director last year.
"I was in shock when I was nominated," Nakhoul said. "I really didn’t think I would even win."
She said she is happy to bring recognition to the already very
talented and well-known WSOU station and is grateful that people in the
industry, CMJ and peers voted for her.
WSOU General Manager Mark Maben said this award is what gives Seton
Hall and WSOU national recognition and attracts students to the school.
"The more awards the station receives, the greater Seton Hall's
visibility and the more students are attracted to the University," Maben
said. "It's been that way now for generations and as long as we
continue to adapt to the 21st century media environment, WSOU will
remain one of the reasons high school graduates choose to attend Seton
He adds he and the entire station is very proud of Nakhoul.
"She works very hard on her specialty show, Campus Buzz, and it is
wonderful that her dedication to indie music and radio has been
recognized by others," Maben said.
The University is also proud to congratulate Maben himself, for
winning the College Media Association's (CMA) Distinguished Advisor
Award. The requirements for winning are to be a CMA member, to have
advised in college student media for five or more years, to serve with
distinguish in a particular area and to be an advisor at the time of the
"I was really surprised and humbled when I learned I was being given
this award," Maben said. "Because it is peer-nominated, it is quite an
honor to realize that my daily efforts have been recognized by my
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