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ESU's radio station in the running for a Woodie Award

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 04 2014 05:15:13 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 04 2014 07:25:57 PM CST

East Stroudsburg University's college radio station has landed on MTV's radar, but there's still work to be done to score a coveted wooden record.

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -

East Stroudsburg University's college radio station has landed on MTV's radar, but there's still work to be done to score a coveted wooden record.

Each vote could move East Stroudsburg University's radio station, WESS, to the top spot in the nation.

"I just got this random email from a representative from mtvU and I had no idea that it was like this national award for best college radio station," said Jill Monica, ESU senior and station manager.

The mtvU "Woodie Awards" recognizes independent music artists and one college by giving them a record made of wood.

Ten radio stations are in the running.

"You look at the schools, Ball State, you got Texas State, South Carolina, huge schools and you see East Stroudsburg University," added junior and sports director, Cory Nidoh. "Lot of people don't even know where the school is located."

The contest has put the school on the map.

A panel of judges looked at the university's playlists, Princeton review ranking, and the station's social media presence.

"This is the big boost that we needed to get our campus to recognize our significance on campus," said Monica.

The winner is determined by online voting, which is why everyone is spreading the word.

"Every moment that I'm awake I have this smile that is burning inside of me and adrenaline too," said Rob McKenzie, communications professor and station advisor. "My eye is on the ball right now to try and get as many votes as possible."

Voting for the Woodie awards closes Mar. 6 and students say they are going to make a big push to get as many votes as possible.

"The last day we're having hours blocked off in the computer lab to keep voting and voting and voting," added Monica.

The winner will be announced this Thursday and the award will be presented in Texas at the South by Southwest music festival on March 16th.

You can place a vote for WESS here.