WSOU, 89.5 FM Student Station Manager, Alicia Campos, has been chosen as one of only three student broadcasters in the nation named a "Rising Star" within the world of radio.
Campos, a junior digital and sound media major in the College of Communication and the Arts, has been selected as a "Ria's Rising Stars Foundation Scholarship" winner, competing against more than 100 applicants from college radio stations across the country.
Rising Stars attend and are honored at the international radio industry's premiere event, the Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) 2018, free of charge. The event takes place May 2 - 4 at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA. Campos will also receive free "Audience Magnet" training from radio consultant Tracy Johnson, who was named "Best Programmer in America" by Radio Ink magazine.
Campos' designation as a Rising Star is one of many accolades for the student-run radio station. In February, WSOU was inducted into the Rock Radio Hall of Fame during the Rock Radio Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. In 2016 WSOU was the winner of the National Broadcasters Association's Marconi Award for Noncommercial Station of the Year. The station has also received a Peabody Award; has been named "College Station of the Year" (multiple times), "Metal Station of the Year" (multiple times); is the recipient of more than 30 gold and platinum records; and was named a "Top 5 Rock Radio Station" in the country by Rolling Stone magazine.
The Eighth Annual Worldwide Radio Summit is a professional event hosted by A&R Worldwide and AllAccess.com, the world's leading online radio/music news information resource.
Over the past seven years, WWRS has been attended by hundreds of U.S. and international radio and record executives and features informative, networking and musical programs for top professional broadcasters from the U.S. and around the world.
The Rising Stars were chosen based on their performances in college programs, recommendations from professors and advisors as well as a proven commitment to the industry.
Campos earned her entry into the event and her designation as a "Rising Star" from the judges by detailing her experience at WSOU. As for commitment, she began dedicating her time to WSOU before even starting her freshman year at Seton Hall, attending the pre-freshman training program to work for the station. Campos then worked her way up to the position of student station manager as just a sophomore. As student station manager, she leads her 130 fellow student broadcasters and ensures that they continue to work together to provide continuous programming for over 120,000 listeners in the highly competitive New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.
According to Campos, the award and program will serve as a bridge between her student life DJ'ing for WSOU and her professional aspirations of working in media in the future.
Campos cites her time at WSOU as a great inspiration for her current career goals. "My time at WSOU has definitely shaped both me as a person and what I want in life," Campos said. "I feel like I have made a home for myself here, and I truly love working with the station."
"Within the radio industry, this is a real honor for a young person and I am so pleased that Alicia's hard work and leadership at WSOU has been recognized," General Manager of WSOU Mark Maben said.
"Alicia exemplifies the WSOU experience of developing a sense of love and care for radio and I'm sure that's one of the reasons she was picked for this scholarship. She's exactly the type of person that the radio business wants to be cultivating," he said.
WWRS 2018 will continue to highlight and educate attendees on some of the most important issues and opportunities impacting radio today and tomorrow, as well as focus on new creative and business models surrounding the industry.
The Ria's Rising Stars Scholarship Foundation was established in memory of Ria Denver, co-founder of AllAccess.com. "We are glad to be able to give back to the community and memorialize Ria in this way," Co-founder and President of AllAccess.com Joel Denver said. "We are all very excited about the three chosen winners because every year students have secured jobs and important industry connections out of attending the conference."
Among the big names joining in on the conference this year are: Adam Burgess, CEO of Imaging Blueprint/Contraband Media; Andrew Curran, President of DMR/Interactive; Andrew Smooth, Imaging Director of KPWR/Los Angeles; Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 as well as 1Xtra & Asian Network; Chris Price, Head of Music of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra; Kid Kelly, VP of Pop & PD at Hits1/Venus, SiriusXM.
WSOU will also be celebrating 70 years of continuous operation on Saturday, April 14 with a gathering of more than 225 station alumni for dinner and the induction of three new members into the WSOU Hall of Fame. For more information on the dinner and induction ceremony will be held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, N.J. from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. click here »
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