The WSB Radio Award began back in 1976 and has been presented to a student who promises an excellent future in the radio broadcasting industry.
WSB Radio Award:
Stanley Denero Miller is a journalism and political science student at the University of Georgia. He is an inductee of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Demosthenian Literary Society, National Society of Leadership and Success and Di Gamma Kappa Broadcast Society and serves as a member of the George C. Foster Peabody Awards Student Honor Board.
He currently works as a news correspondent and host/producer of his radio show “In the Mix” on WUOG 90.5 FM. “In the Mix” is a show dedicated to emphasizing myriad aspects of black culture including history, entertainment and news. On his show he raised awareness regarding Hurricane Irma relief efforts and health-related topics such as autism.
As a news correspondent, Miller seeks to bring awareness to the influence of legislation on issues that affect communities globally and locally. He covered notable social awareness events such as Vice President Al Gore’s Climate and Health Meeting, President Jimmy Carter’s “Countdown to Zero,” and Senator Bernie Sanders’ address at Georgia Tech during his 2016 book tour, and interviewed Atlanta mayoral candidate Sen. Vincent Fort at the event regarding the DACA protests. The week following the 2016 presidential election, he interviewed 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter, the grandson of President Jimmy Carter, regarding the political landscape and direction of the nation. Miller intends to have people think and dig deeper through his efforts.
2017 is the first year that the Grady College of Journalism and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters has presented the TV and Radio Innovator Awards. These two awards are presented to students who have shown leadership and innovation in the TV and radio broadcasting industry.
TV Innovator Award:
Maddie Ray is a third year Journalism student working on minors in Communication and Theatre. She is from Columbus Georgia and is the daughter of Robert and Debbie Ray. Maddie practiced travel journalism in Prague last summer through Grady College, and interned with WRBL in Columbus. She is a manager for Grady Newsource, financial director for DiGamma Kappa, executive planner for ONA & SPJ, a participant in the Grady mobile News Lab earning a certificate in workforce development, and is a 2018 Cox Institute Leader.
Radio Innovator Award:
Jennifer is currently a Grady student here at UGA studying journalism and minoring in religion. She grew up in Dallas, Georgia with morning car rides consisting of listening to radio talk shows, sparking her initial love of radio. She graduated from East Paulding High School as number 4 in the class but with no idea of what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
Once she began her time at UGA in the Fall of 2015, she discovered her passion for radio. She was given an internship that Fall with Bulldog 93.3 here in Athens and continued that position for a year. During that time, she worked with WUOG on its news team and WUGA (the NPR affiliate) on its Athenia team. The summer of 2017, she interned with the Jeff and Jenn Show on Star 94.1 Atlanta, where she had the opportunity to work closely with 2 of her favorite radio people: Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby.
She continues to work with Athenia, even after its split from WUGA, as a reporter, writer, producer, and it’s social media director. She also has a podcast that airs live every Monday night at 7 on the Unmute app called “This Pop Culture Peach” where she discusses the latest in entertainment. Jennifer plans on graduating this summer from UGA and wants to dive right into the radio industry in Atlanta where she has been the most affected and inspired by the power of broadcast radio.