May 1, 2006
La Salle Student Radio Station Shares Top Award for Sports Coverage with Philadelphia Eagles Announcers by Pa. Association of Broadcasters
WEXP, La Salle University’s student-run radio station was recognized as co-winners for the Best Coverage of a Local Sport Event in a major market by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB).
The La Salle station shared the award with Philadelphia Eagles broadcasters Mike Quick and Merrill Reese. WEXP was honored for its coverage of the La Salle-St. Joseph’s men’s basketball game on January 21.
“We had our largest number of entries this year,” said PAB President Richard Wyckoff. He said college stations in the major market competition have won awards, but, “public stations are often licensed to universities, such as WRTI at Temple University, and they win. Granted, university licensed stations often do not have the resources as do large market commercial stations, but the judges obviously appreciated either the enthusiasm, the content, excitement, and whatever it took to make it a winner.”
The La Salle students (all Communication majors) honored were Adam Bagni, who did play by play for the game, Mike Petty who did color commentary, and Andrew Neumann, who did sideline reporting.
“Facing competition from professional broadcasters who have been in this business for decades, it is truly remarkable to be chosen as a winner. I couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished as a group in these past few years,” said Neumann, who will be Director of Sports Programming for WEXP next year.
“This is an incredible honor for myself, WEXP, our sports department, and La Salle University,” said Bagni, who will be the station’s General Manager next year. “I couldn’t be prouder of our station and staff members. “This is certainly the greatest honor I, or WEXP, has ever received.”
WEXP broadcasts nearly 100 live La Salle sporting events per academic year.
“ What is ironic is that we probably had the fewest listeners during that broadcast than we had during any basketball broadcast the entire year,” said Bagni. “The reason was because the game was televised on Atlantic-10 TV, and also broadcast on two radio stations in the Philadelphia area. So I guess those selected few listeners who stuck with WEXP got a special treat.”