RELEASE: 13 National GOLDEN MIC Finalists


Illinois Media School has 13 finalists for (IBS) Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 78th annual International GOLDEN MIC awards. 

Students, staff and stations recognized for outstanding broadcast achievement at a national level. 


January 25, 2018

Chicago/Lombard, IL. – Illinois Media School has been recognized with 13 finalists in 11 separate categories for the nationally recognized GOLDEN MIC Awards through the (IBS) Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. The IBS receives nominations from colleges and universities across the nation from small schools to the largest universities. 

Students and hosts submit examples of their work in the given categories based on the staunch requirements of the committee, which is then reviewed by a national peer board. There are up to 6 finalists per category. The finalists are then invited to New York City for the 78th annual IBS international Conference. It is a 3-day conference that invites all finalists to converge upon Hotel Pennsylvania to learn and share ideas about the broadcast and media industry featuring over 150 speakers, sessions, tours, and over 1,000 attendees. 

The finalists are: 

-Best Sports Play-By-Play, Men's Basketball – Windy City Bulls - Julio Rausseo 

-Best Streaming Only Radio Station (Under 10,000 Students)  TWO FINALISTS 

          -The Edge On Air Station 

          -SportstownChicago Station (Home of Windy City Bulls

-Best Public Affairs Event/Promotion – 7th Annual Illinois All Star Volleyball Game 

-Best Live Music Broadcast - Live Music Broadcast: Antonia Rendon 

-Best News Report (Video/TV) - Heartland Blood Drive - Tjada Bulter & Shawnta Washington 

-Best Sports Program (Video/TV) Pizzara Deportiva - – Eric Avila, Sergio Venegas, Luis Real 

-Best Comedy Program (Video/TV) TWO FINALISTS 

          -The Cheating Couple – March/April 2017 Colee Royce, Rudy Castillo, James Wilhite and Monica Byrne 

          -Tit 4 Tat Episode 2 - March/April 2017 Colee Royce, Rudy Castillo, James Wilhite and Monica Byrne 

- Best College Television Station - Illinois Media School Lombard -  WIMS Online 

-Best Station Playlist/Music Selection – Illinois Media School Lombard - The Edge 

-Tom Gibson Award for Outstanding Engineering -Illinois Media Schools (Chicago & Lombard) -Michael Gonzales 

-Best Graduate Advisor- Illinois Media School -Ryan Fahey 

Windy City Bulls team President Brad Seymour had this to say about the finalists, “As the broadcast arm of the NBA G League has continued to expand and become more important than ever, the partnership that we enjoy with IMS has strengthened and we are grateful for the dedication and hard work that their staff and students commit to ensuring we are putting forth an excellent production for our viewers. We are thrilled to see the deserved recognized that both IMS and Julio are receiving and are proud to provide the platform for them to excel. 

“With more finalists than ever, I feel that once again the Illinois Media School proved that it has an outstanding program, group of instructors, radio stations, and curriculum,” said Regional Program Director Dr. Peter Ferreri. “Also our contracts with top tier organizations such as the Windy City Bulls, Illinois Tech and University of Chicago has allowed our students to learn and thrive and hone their skills at the highest level on a daily basis.” 

“It is always exciting to see the great work of our students get recognized at a national level and the IBS has always been a great partner and resource to our students,” said Illinois Media School Lombard Campus Director Imran Ali. “We are extremely proud of our students’ hard work and dedication to their craft and looking forward to great things from them in the future.” 

About the Network 

The network coverage in Illinois has gained national praise as a broadcast leader for the sports and breaking music industry. It’s coverage includes live radio play-by-play and live streaming video of the event for national and international viewers from high school to the pros. Coverage includes the Windy City Bulls, Chicago Bandits, University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, DePaul University, IHSA and more.  There are 5 stations in the region including, and

About the Illinois Media School 

The Illinois Media School has been training students for almost three decades. “Learn by doing” is the Illinois Media School’s style. We know that there’s no substitute for operating the tools of broadcasting under the direction of broadcast professionals. The classes and studio sessions are run with the same professionalism that is found throughout the broadcast industry. For more information, visit 

Media Contact: 

Peter Ferreri – Regional Station Manager of 

(708) 705-5927

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