“Global Alert” Radio Show Wins Statewide Broadcast Award

Posted on 3/31/2010 9:17:56 AM

Global Alert, a live hour-long Sunday-morning news program on WIUP-FM (90.1), was honored for excellence by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB).

A student-produced show sponsored by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the Journalism Department, Global Alert won the PAB’s Outstanding Radio Public Affairs Program award in its 2010 Excellence in Broadcasting Competition. The Hummelstown-based association announced the award in a March 24 release.

The radio program’s producers, who say their show “thinks global and acts local,” won for their 2009 reporting on such local issues as logging in White’s Woods in White Township, campaigning for township supervisor elections, drilling for natural gas in Indiana County; U.S. policy-making in Afghanistan featuring an IUP political-science expert, and others.

The show’s producers are:

  • Michael J. Wilson, a junior Journalism major from Summerhill, Pa.
  • Jessica E. Potter, a sophomore Elementary Education major from Mays Landing, N.J.
  • Katherine E. Caldwell, a senior Natural Science and Pre-Physical Therapy major from Matamoras, Pa.
  • Garritt K. Fleming, a junior Psychology major from Easton, Pa.

The show’s faculty adviser is Journalism professor David O. Loomis, Ph.D.

Fleming, a Global Alert producer since Fall 2008, said the group’s work paid off with the award.

“We’ve worked hard these past two semesters on the show, so it’s nice to receive some recognition for what we’ve been doing,” Fleming said on Tuesday. “It also helps build a good reputation for the radio station and the university.”

The award-winning students will be honored at a May 3 luncheon in Hershey during the broadcast association’s annual convention.

For information, contact the PAB at (717) 482-4820. Dr. Loomis can be reached at (724) 357-4411.