“Global Alert” Producers Collect Broadcast Award

Posted on 5/11/2010 1:06:34 PM

The producers of Global Alert, a live, hour-long Sunday-morning news program on WIUP-FM (90.1), have received the 2010 award for Outstanding Radio Public Affairs Program from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

The award, part of the trade group’s 2010 Excellence in Broadcasting Competition, was presented during a luncheon at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa. on May 3.

Award winners included Global Alert producers:

  • 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.
  • Michael J. Wilson, a junior Journalism major from Summerhill, Pa.

Producer Jessica E. Potter, a sophomore Elementary Education major from Mays Landing, N.J., was unable to attend.

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

The radio program’s producers say their show “thinks global and acts local” and attribute their award to 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 other issues.

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. “It also helps build a good reputation for the radio station and the university.”

For information, contact the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters at (717) 482-4820. Professor Loomis can be reached at (724) 357-4411.