WLUR has announced the recipients of its 2011-12 awards, three of which have been renamed to honor major contributors to Washington and Lee's radio station.
Four seniors were chosen as the award winners: Katie Shelor received the Robert J. de Maria Award, Robbie Day was selected for the General Manager's Service Award, Nico Gioioso was tabbed for the Douglas J. Harwood Award for Music Programming, and Lee Tackett was named the winner of the Doug Chase Award for Sports Broadcasting.
Shelor, a native of Roanoke, becomes the first recipient of the Robert J. de Maria Award. Formerly known as the WLUR Exceptional Staff Award, the prize has been named for Bob de Maria, W&L professor of journalism and mass communications, who managed the station from 1977-2001. Shelor worked as sports director and assistant program director during the 2011-12 school year and was assistant sports director as a junior. She also served WLUR in a variety of other capacities, including production work during the station's live coverage of Washington and Lee's 2012 Mock Convention.
Day, also from Roanoke, was selected to receive the General Manager's Service Award. He worked as music director at the station for two years, adding the title of assistant general manager as a senior. Day was also a disc jockey on the station for four years, and worked as the sound engineer during multiple editions of WLUR's open mic night, Open Air Waves.
Gioioso, from Baltimore, received the first Douglas J. Harwood Award for Music Programming. The station announced this fall that the annual student DJ award would be named for Doug Harwood '74, the host of "The Anti-Headache Machine", who celebrated his 40th anniversary on WLUR back in October. Gioioso hosted an alternative music show on the station for four years, most recently on Thursday nights.
Tackett, a native of Alexandria, Va., was honored with the inaugural Doug Chase Award for Sports Broadcasting, named for longtime Washington and Lee play-by-play announcer Doug Chase '74. Tackett co-hosted the weekly "Monday Night Sports Beat" sports talk program with Chas Straface '12; he also worked as an analyst for W&L football broadcasts and the "Generals Gameday" pregame show; and he provided play-by-play and color commentary for several Washington and Lee basketball broadcasts.