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Tony Macaluso from the WFMT Radio Network to Visit Introduction to Radio Course
The Radio Department is pleased to welcome Tony Macaluso, Director of Network Syndication at the WFMT Radio Network, as guest speaker in the Introduction to Radio class on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Students Create "Iceland Airwaves" Audio Documentary
Eight Columbia College Chicago students from the Radio Department and Journalism Department traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to blog and produce an audio documentary about the annual Iceland Airwaves Music Festival via the Covering International Festivals: Iceland course.

"Nothing But Net" Crew Interviews #1 Ranked Boys High School Basketball Player in the Nation!
Jahlil Okafor is the consensus top prep prospect in the united States, and WCRX-FM's  "Nothing But Net" radio hosts were on the scene to speak to the 6'10 superstar, as well as his father, Chukwudi Okafor, about winning a state title, the recruitment process, and representing Chicago at the McDonald's All-American game.

WCRX-FM's Brendan Taylor Interviews Music Critic/Author Jim DeRogatis
As co-host of the nationally syndicated music show, Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis is one of the most recognized music critics in the world, as well as an accomplished author who has written several books about music.

WCRX-FM's "Nothing But Net" Shines a Spotlight on Top High School Basketball Coaches
With a consistent focus on high school athletics, Miguel Flores, Joseph George, and Shane Riordan of WCRX-FM's "Nothing But Net," recently snared an interview with two of the top high school basketball coaches in the United States, Robert Smith, of Simeon Career Academy Chicago and Nick Irvin, of Morgan Park High School in Chicago.

Erika Kooda Interviews Actress Lauren Potter from Hit Television Show "Glee"
Actress Lauren Potter, who plays cheerleader Becky Jackson on the FOX TV show, "Glee," recently stopped by the Radio Department. Student Erika Kooda was able to spend some time with the actress discussing all things "Glee," and her role as an advisor for President Barack Obama's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

"Writers at the Edge" Audio Series to Air on WCRX-FM
WCRX, 88.1 FM, for the fourth year in a row, is very proud to air another unique audio drama series, written, performed and produced by students of Columbia College Chicago.

WCRX-FM's Corey Stolzenbach Interviews Former Chicago White Sox All-Star Billy Pierce
Every Saturday from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Corey Stolzenbach gives his take on the past, present, and future of baseball as host of "The Baseball Show," on WCRX-FM. Turning his attention to some of the stars of yesteryear, Corey recently interviewed former Chicago White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce.

Radio Audio Documentary Students Win National Broadcast Award
Radio students have been awarded First Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition.

Radio Student Tom Moran Makes an Impact at Rivet News Radio
The Rivet News Radio app launched to much acclaim last year. One of the instrumental behind-the-scenes producers is none other than Junior Radio Major Tom Moran.

Radio Department Open House to Take Place on Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Radio Department is pleased to announce Saturday, April 5, 2014 as the date for Spring Open House.

WCRX-FM's Dominick Cavaiani Interviews Jamie Lono from NBC's "The Voice"
Every Wednesday night Dominick Cavaiani hosts, "This is How Country Feels," from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. on WCRX-FM. He presents exclusive sessions and interviews, such as his recent chat with Chicago recording artist Jamie Lono, who found fame as a contestant on NBC-TV's "The Voice."

Josh Cox Interviews Comedy Central Stand-Up Comedian Damon Williams
Born and raised in Chicago, Comedy Central stand-up comedian Damon Williams, heard weekly on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner radio morning show, made a special appearance at Columbia College Chicago, and Radio Department student Josh Cox was there to cover the event.

Radio Department Seeking Students for Summer 2014 Course in Florence, Italy
The Radio Department is pleased to announce an audio drama/voiceover course open to all Columbia College students that will take place this summer at the Lorenzo de' Medici Institute in Florence, Italy.

2014-2015 NABJ Scholarship Now Available
The Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is offering a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for students.

Scott Corchin Named Morning Show Host at WWPW, 96.1 FM in Atlanta, GA
Following a lengthy stay as evening host at WKSC, 103.5 FM in Chicago, 2006 Radio Department graduate Scott Corchin (aka "Special K"), will be taking his immense talents to Atlanta, GA, as the new morning show host at WWPW, 96.1 FM (Power 96.1).

DJ Zebo to Perform at Two National Music Festivals
Radio Department Adjunct faculty member Johnathon "Zebo" Gust has been chosen to DJ at both the Spring Awakening Festival in Chicago, IL and the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, MI.

WCRX-FM's Natalie Nesteruk Interviews Actress from Netflix Series, "Orange Is the New Black"
"Orange Is the New Black" has become a bona fide hit for Netflix, and with season 2 of the original series set to premiere later this year, WCRX-FM's Natalie Nesteruk recently sat down with actress Barbara Rosenblat, who plays Miss Rosa on the series, to discuss the successful show.

Radio Student Khristtian Locke's Music Featured in Japan Edition of Rolling Stone Magazine
Hailing from South Holland, Illinois, Columbia College Chicago Senior Khristtian Locke is making a name for himself as a musical artist not only in the United States, but also in Japan, where he was recently spotlighted in the Japanese edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Radio Major Ben Nance Hired as a Producer at WBBM-AM
Senior Radio Major Ben Nance doesn't graduate until May, but his perseverance, experience, and ability to network, has landed him a job as a producer at WBBM, Newsradio 780 AM.

Radio Department Collaboration Leads to Formation of DJ Academy Program
Radio Department Associate Professor, Jim Mitchem, and Adjunct faculty member Lavoy McConnell along with Paul Teruel, Director of Community Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago, have partnered with Young Chicago Authors and the Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Event to form DJ Academy Program.

WCRX-FM Students Named Finalists for International Radio Awards
WCRX-FM has received seven nominations for broadcast excellence from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems (IBS).

WCRX-FM's Miguel Flores and Joe George Cover UFC Press Conference
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) took place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, and WCRX-FM "Nothing But Net" sports hosts Miguel Flores and Joe George, were front and center at the UFC on FOX 10 press conference interviewing several UFC stars.

WCRX-FM's Sean Wilmsen Interviews Legendary Blues Drummer Sam Lay
Blues Hall of Fame drummer Sam Lay recently stopped by WCRX-FM to speak to Sean Wilmsen, host of "Jam on Thursdays," to discuss his extraordinary career.

Pat Fawell Excels as an Account Executive at Cumulus Media
Sticking to the business motto of "If the client's happy, I am happy," Chicago native Pat Fawell (B.A. '13) begins his climb in the ranks of successful Columbia College Chicago Radio Department graduates as an account executive with Cumulus Media.

Tom Bowman Navigates His Way Into a Position at Total Traffic Network
A Lebanon, Pennsylvania native who moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College Chicago, Tom Bowman (B.A. '13) can safely say in his role as Traffic Producer for Total Traffic Network, that he now knows the highways of the Midwest like the back of his hand.

2013 Radio Graduate Joe Lundstrom Creates His Niche at WLS-AM
"The Roe and Roeper Show" on WLS, 890 AM continues to be one of the most listened to talk shows in Chicago, and one of its key, behind the scenes contributors is Content Producer Joe Lundstrom (B.A. '13).

Radio Students Interview and Record Session with Recording Artist Travis Miller
Radio Students Kristina Sutton and Dominick Cavaiani teamed up to help showcase up-and-coming singer/songwriter Travis Miller.

Dominick Cavaiani Interviews Award-Winning Uk Folk/Punk Singer Frank Turner
WCRX-FM's Dominick Cavaiani was able to snare a few minutes with Frank Turner, known as one of the hardest working musicians in the world, as he wrapped up a 49-date tour in the USA and Canada.

WCRX-FM's Dan Malone Snags an Interview with Alternative Rock Band Imagine Dragons
2013 was the year of Imagine Dragons as the band dominated both the alternative rock and pop charts with such hits as, "Radioactive," "It's Time," and "Demons."

Shannon Dawson Feeling "Right at Home" at WQHH, 96.5 FM in Lansing, MI
Originally from New York City, Radio Department graduate Shannon Dawson (B.A. '13) like many college graduates found her post-college career was at a crossroads.

2013 Graduate Ryan McKiddy Hosts Weekends On-Air at WUSN, 99.5 FM Chicago
Since he was 10 years old, 2013 Radio Department graduate and Naperville, IL native, Ryan McKiddy, dreamed about being on-air in the 'City of Big Shoulders,' Chicago, IL.

Grammy Award Winning Artist Lupe Fiasco Stops by WCRX-FM!
Orin De Jonge, known on-air as Spangooli the Don, recently had the opportunity to welcome Grammy Award winning artist Lupe Fiasco to his weekly Hip Hop show, "Say Word Radio," on WCRX-FM.

DJ A-OH Named Program Director at WMIB, 103.5 FM in Miami, FL
WGCI-FM's DJ A-OH ('10) can now add another title to his lengthy resume, as he has been tabbed as the first ever Program Director at new Miami, FL Urban Contemporary station, WMIB-FM/103.5 The Beat.

Dave Berner's Memoir Wins 2013 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award
Dave W. Berner, Associate Professor Radio Department, has won the 2013 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for his memoir, Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons in the category of nontraditional nonfiction.

WCRX-FM's Brendan Taylor Interviews Metro Chicago Owner Joe Shanahan
The Student Programming Board at Columbia College Chicago sponsored their Annual Music Conference (MIC), and WCRX-FM's Brendan Taylor had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the keynote speaker of the event, legendary Metro Chicago nightclub owner, Joe Shanahan.

WCRX-FM's "Nothing But Net" Interviews Top Northwestern Basketball Recruits
Two of the top High School basketball players in the nation, Bryant McIntosh of Greensburg High School (IN), and Scott Lindsey of Fenwick High School (IL), recently discussed their recruiting process with WCRX-FM's "Nothing But Net," co-hosts Miguel Flores and Joseph George.

Grammy Nominated Artist B.o.B. Interviewed at WCRX-FM!
WCRX-FM's Orin De Jonge, known on-air as Spangooli the Don, interviewed Hip Hop artist B.o.B live in-studio on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013.

Carmen DeFalco of ESPN Chicago Honored as One of the Top Sports Talk Show Hosts in America
Carmen DeFalco (B.A. '99) afternoon co-host at ESPN Chicago (AM 1000), has been selected by renowned radio industry publication, "Talkers Magazine," as one of the Top 100 Sports Talk Show Hosts in America.

Wes Adams Named Program Director/Afternoon Host in Muscle Shoals, AL
Wes Adams (B.A. '10) will be taking his extensive programming expertise to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, as the new Program Director/Afternoon Host for country music station, WLAY, 103.5 FM.

Kristina Sutton Attends Prestigious Public Radio Conference in Atlanta, GA
In a nationwide search sponsored by Air (Association of Independents In Radio), Senior Radio Major Kristina Sutton was awarded a scholarship and an invitation to attend the Public Radio Programming Conference in Atlanta, GA.

WCRX-FM's Brian Woodworth Interviews Comedian Horatio Sanz
Comedian and Actor Horatio Sanz ('92) recently visited Columbia College Chicago for "Conversations in the Arts," and WCRX-FM Friday Morning Host, Brian Woodworth, covered the event and got an exclusive interview.

WCRX-FM's Orin De Jonge Interviews Atlantic Recording Artists Trevor Jackson & Justine Skye
Orin De Jonge, known on-air as Spangooli the Don, who hosts the Monday night underground Hip Hop & R&B show on WCRX-FM, "Say Word Radio," continues to snare exclusive interviews with artists that are making an impact on the charts.

Maha Gorgi Nabs Midday Slot at WYRB, 106.3 FM in Rockford, IL
Maha Gorgi (B.A. '11) has been promoted to full-time Midday Host at rhythmic/urban contemporary station, WYRB, 106.3 FM (Power 106) in Rockford, IL.

Ray Flores Handles Ring Announcing Duties on Undercard of Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Fight in Las Vegas, NV
In what was billed as "one of the biggest fights in years," Ray Flores (B.A. '09) of ESPN Chicago was in front of a "live" audience, as Ring Announcer on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez boxing match on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dan Pasquerelli Hits a Home Run Interning for Total Traffic Network
Being a lifelong baseball fan, Radio Department Senior Dan Pasquerelli is living the dream, covering Major League Baseball games on both sides of the city, as an intern for Total Traffic Network in Chicago.

Radio Major Marisa Fotieo Spends Summer Interning in NYC
Radio Department Senior Marisa Fotieo is making the most of a tremendous opportunity as an intern for the "Ty Loves NY," Morning Show on 92.3 FM in NYC.

"Taylor" Made for Success
With a production internship at ESPN Chicago, on-air shift at WCRX-FM, and a role in a forthcoming movie, Senior Radio Major Brendan Taylor has proven that coming to Columbia College Chicago to obtain a second B.A. has been an outstanding choice.

Miguel Flores and Joe George Interview Former Chicago High School Basketball Legend Ronnie Fields
Radio students Miguel Flores and Joe George have seen their weekly podcast, "Nothing But Net," grow by leaps and bounds, and one of the reasons is they are relentless when it comes to covering all things Chicago basketball.

WCRX-FM's Stacey Lynn Snags Role in Superman, "Man of Steel"
If you've seen the new superman movie, "Man of Steel," chances are you just might have caught a glimpse of WCRX-FM on-air host Stacey Lynn who worked in the movie as a stand-in for actress Diane Lane.

Kevin Dziepak Shoots for and Scores a Position at WSCR, 670 AM
Proving that hard work and dedication at an internship can lead to a job, 2013 Radio Department graduate Kevin Dziepak has been hired as a producer at one of the premier all-sports stations in the country, WSCR, 670 A.M.

Alum Posting on Facebook Leads Radio Grad Ella Rakowski to On-Air Spot
Taking full advantage of being active on social media and connecting with alums, Ella Rakowski (B.A. '12) has landed a position as on-air talent at KOKZ, 105.7 FM in Waterloo, Iowa.

Radio Students Interview #1 Ranked Basketball Player Jabari Parker
Radio Department Freshman Miguel Flores and Sophomore Joseph George continue to take their "Nothing But Net," podcast to new heights, as they snared an interview with the #1 ranked boys High School basketball player in the United States, Senior forward Jabari Parker of Class 4 A Illinois State Champion Simeon High School.

Radio Graduate Katie Baker Wins Gracie Award
Katie Baker (B.A. '08), Associate Producer for Harpo Radio, Inc. (Sirius/XM Radio), was honored with her second prestigious Gracie Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program for her work on "O You 2012," which aired on Harpo Radio.

Tim Richards Named Program Director in Phoenix, AZ
Tim Richards (B.A. '91) has been tabbed Program Director at country music station KMLE, 107.9 FM in Phoenix, Arizona.

Matt Donahue Earns Promotion with WLS, 94.7 FM
Since obtaining a position at WLS, 94.7 FM two years ago, Matt Donahue (B.A. '11) continues to move up in the company, as he has now been promoted to Programming Assistant at the station.

Radio Students Breaking New Ground with Weekly Podcast
Radio Department Freshman Miguel Flores and Sophomore Joseph George have put together an original weekly podcast entitled, "Nothing But Net," that brings a fresh perspective on the high school sports scene in the Midwest, as well as diving into discussions with local and national guests.

"The Abe Kanan Show," on Sirius/XM Receives a Promotion
"The Abe Kanan Show," featuring radio alum Abe Kanan (B.A. '03), along with fellow alum Dan Levy (B.A. '04), can now be heard live and uncensored every Thursday and Friday 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. CST, on the Howard Stern Sirius/XM Channel, "Howard 101."

Radio Students Win "Best New Ad" Audio Competition!
Congratulations to students Tom Bowman, Josh Cox, Charles Match, Ben Nance and Dominic Rescigno.

Mike Hansen Promoted to Program Director at KQWB-FM in Fargo, North Dakota
Since arriving at KQWB-FM (Q98) in Fargo, ND in 2010, Radio Department graduate Mike Hansen (B.A. '06), has been hosting mid-days and doubling as Assistant Program Director for the station.

WCRX-FM Wins 1st Place in Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards
WCRX Students win 3 Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Silver Dome Awards.

WCRX-FM Named One of The Top 20 Coolest College Radio Stations
Men's Health U list of the "20 Coolest College Radio Stations" includes WCRX-FM.

George Zarr Writes Song for Alice in Wonderland Audio Theatre Podcast
George Zarr, Senior Lecturer in the Radio Department, was commissioned by "Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre" to compose a song for the Alice in Wonderland Podcast.

George Cotsirilos Hired at Clear Channel Total Traffic Network
In addition to his position as a producer at ESPN, AM 1000 in Chicago, Radio Department graduate George Cotsirilos can now add Traffic Producer at Clear Channel's Total Traffic network to his growing portfolio of work.

Calie Lyons Obtains Traffic Editor Position at Navteq (Nokia) Traffic
Acting on a tip and a recommendation from former classmate Eric Pribramsky (B.A. '11), Calie Lyons (B.A. '11) has been hired as a Traffic Editor at Navteq (Nokia) Traffic.

WCRX, 88.1 FM Wins International Radio Awards
WCRX, 88.1 FM has been awarded multiple 2012 Communicator Awards.

WCRX-FM Wins National Radio Awards
WCRX-FM won two 1st place awards for student work at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) 72nd Annual Student Radio Awards Ceremony in NYC.

Allyce Karrasch Named Promotions Coordinator at K-HiTS, 104.3 FM
2010 Radio Department graduate Allyce Karrasch has been hired as Promotions Coordinator at K-HiTS, 104.3 FM in Chicago.

Dave Berner's Audio Documentary on Medical Marijuana Picked up by Public Radio Exchange
Dave Berner, Associate Professor Radio Department, recently traveled to Chesterfield, Michigan where he produced and recorded, "Big Daddy's: The Battle Over Medical Marijuana in Michigan."

Demi Lobo's Song Featured in MTV Reality Series
Columbia College Chicago Radio Department Major and WGCI, 107.5 FM On-Air Talent, Demi Lobo, continues to make waves in the entertainment industry as her song, "House Party," is featured in the MTV reality series, MADE.

WCRX, 88.1 FM Named One of the Best College Radio Stations
Columbia College Chicago's student-run radio station, WCRX, 88.1 FM, was featured in the Washington Post article "10 Great College Radio Stations."

WCRX Recognized with 8 International Awards
WCRX-FM has been recognized with 8 Communicator Awards, including 3 top awards.

WCRX Morning Host Mike Michalski Interviews Actor from "Twilight" Films
WCRX's Mike Michalski recently spoke with actor Peter Facinelli about his role as Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the blockbuster films "Twilight," The Twilight Saga: "New Moon" and Showtime's new series "Nurse Jackie."