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Susquehanna’s WQSU–FM Earns Associated Press Honor

Published on April 9, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University’s WQSU–FM took second-place honors at the 2009 Pennsylvania AP news awards, presented at the organization’s March 27 banquet at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey in Grantville, Pa.

WQSU earned second place in the Radio C (small market) Sports Play-by-Play category for its broadcast of the 2009 Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Championship game against The University of Scranton on Feb. 28, 2009.

The broadcast featured play-by-play announcer Jack Burns, the “Voice of the Crusaders” for more than two decades and, as a 2010 honoree, the only media member ever to be inducted into the SU Sports Hall of Fame. Burns was joined by Susquehanna Director of Athletics Communications Bob Healy, who provided color commentary for the winning broadcast. Susquehanna students Eric Burkhard ’10 and Dave Stefanovige ’11 served as engineers.

Entries were judged by the Minnesota AP Broadcasters Association. Judges noted that the Susquehanna broadcasting team “followed the play well…we really felt the atmosphere of the big game.”

The Pennsylvania AP news awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP-member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Karen M. Jones

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