Students Honored in Professional Competitions
New York, NY- Among the two dozen awards WFUV has received this year, a number honor the work of students in the station's sports department.
From the New York State Broadcasters Association and the New York Press Club, 2014 graduate Bobby Gubin won Best Feature for his piece, “I Am Somebody”. The piece discusses bullying and its negative effects through Ty Smalley, an 11 year-old boy who took his own life after being provoked into a fight at school. From this tragedy, the “Stand for the Silent” initiative was born, reaching nearly 700,000 students in the U.S. and abroad and ultimately finding its way to Yankee Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2013, where Ty’s father spoke to in the Great Hall of Yankee Stadium. In total, Gubin received four awards for “I Am Somebody.”
Gubin was not the only student to receive multiple awards. Another recent graduate, Alex Smith, won three, including Best Sports News from the New York Press Club, for his piece, “Bob Costas: The Last Word” which lauded sports broadcaster Bob Costas, recipient of WFUV’s Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Broadcasting.
In addition, rising senior Mike Watts received the award for Best Coverage of a Local Sporting Event from the New York State Broadcasters Association for his reportage of the Fordham vs. Bucknell football game. Also from the NYSBA, rising junior Matt Moro won Best Sportscast for “One on One Scoreboard.”
“Bobby Gubin's four awards and Alex Smith's three are examples of the quality work done by the students in the sports department.” said WFUV’s Executive Sports Producer Bob Ahrens. “We are very proud of their efforts, and it’s especially gratifying to see their work recognized in professional competitions.”
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