Michigan State University Radio Station Ranked the Top in the Country for Sports Talk Program

In Starkville, Mississippi, the prowess of Mississippi State students has been recognized as top-notch in the nation after three broadcasters from WMSV, MSU’s radio station, clinched the first-place spot for Best Sports Talk Program at the 2024 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System convention in New York City this semester.

Elizabeth Keen, a senior communication major from Vicksburg, graduate student Tanner Marlar from Corinth, and Aaliyan Mohammed from Collierville, Tennessee, who graduated in May 2023, secured the prestigious award for their show “Maroon and White Tonight.”

According to Terry Likes, the Department of Communication head and professor, “From a pilot class in sports announcing, they took the initiative to create, produce, and host their program on WMSV. We are proud of their accomplishment.”

Among the other standouts at the IBS awards ceremony were Olivia Beck, an Alabama native and recent graduate, who was a finalist in the Best Newscast category for “WMSV Update,” Amelia Middleton from Hernando, who made the cut for Best Campus/Community News with “Chat GPT Tempts College Students.” The MSU TV Center also made it to the finals for Best Commercial/Promotion with “MSU Softball Support.”

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, which began its journey in 1940, is an organization run by volunteers that provides support to college and high school media outlets. This year’s competition witnessed over 3,000 entries vying for the top spot.

For further information about MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication, check out www.cas.msstate.edu and www.comm.msstate.edu.

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