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Longwood radio station again receives statewide award for sports coverage

July 14, 2010

Keenan Crump and Nathan Epstein Keenan Crump and Nathan Epstein coordinate and perform play-by-play and color analysis of live broadcasts of basketball and baseball games and co-host a weekly two-hour talk show, "The Final Word."

Longwood University campus radio station WMLU (91.3 FM) has for the second consecutive year received the Virginia Association of Broadcasters' first place award for Outstanding Sports Coverage for a non-commercial/public radio station.

The award was presented during the 73rd Annual Virginia Broadcasting Awards on June 25 in Virginia Beach. It was accepted by Keenan Crump and Nathan Epstein, the sports director and assistant sports director, respectively, who are rising seniors. Others connected with WMLU who attended the awards ceremony were Ben Maitland, also of the sports staff, a rising junior; general manager Matt Tewksbury, a rising senior; former general manager Gerry Martin, a May 2010 graduate; and Jeff Halliday, faculty co-adviser and assistant professor of communication studies.

WMLU also received a second place award for Best Station Promotion/Contest for a non-commercial or public station. That award recognizes their 60-second promotion for Bandfest, sponsored by WMLU and held annually at Spring Weekend, while the other award is for the "totality" of the station's sports coverage, Halliday said.

Commercial and non-commercial stations are judged separately (the latter receive funding directly from state/public sources or private donations), and the award categories are broken down by market size. Only VAB-member radio and television stations are eligible to participate. For the sports coverage award, WMLU's sports staff submitted an eight-minute audio file that included segments from basketball and baseball game broadcasts and sports talk segments. WMLU began broadcasting women's and men's basketball games in fall 2008 and baseball games in spring 2009.

Crump and Epstein coordinate and perform play-by-play and color analysis of live broadcasts of basketball and baseball games and co-host a weekly two-hour talk show, "The Final Word." The show covers both news and sports topics, and last year's guests included members of Longwood's administration, Athletics Department, faculty, student government, and a special appearance by ESPN College GameDay host Chris Fowler.

WMLU (www.wmlu.org), which started in 1981 and is funded mostly by the Student Government Association, is a 250-watt station housed in the ground level of Hiner Hall. It does live web streaming of music and student programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to Bandfest, WMLU sponsors Battle of the Bands, at Oktoberfest. William Lynn, Longwood's multimedia supervisor, is the station's staff co-adviser.