WLUR has announced the winners of its 2012-13 staff awards, with seniors Jake Pelton, Derek Barisas and Jack Burks joining sophomores Will Bartlett and Micah Fleet on the list of recipients.
Pelton received the Robert J. de Maria Award for Exceptional Staff. Named for retiring journalism and mass communications professor Bob de Maria (pictured below, at left, with station manager Jeremy Franklin and Pelton), who managed the station from 1977-2001, the award recognizes a staff member for outstanding contributions to the success of WLUR during that student's tenure with the station.
Pelton served as sports director during the 2012-13 school year, helping to coordinate the station's radio and webcasting schedules, interviewing other Washington and Lee student-athletes, and providing commentary for W&L baseball broadcasts. He worked as a disc jockey for all four years, and also helped to boost WLUR's social media presence and to build the station's music library.
Barisas was honored with the General Manager's Service Award for his contributions to the station's public relations department. As public relations director for two years -- and as assistant PR director as a sophomore -- Barisas worked to coordinate WLUR's twice-annual Open Air Waves open mic night and to help with other event planning and promotions. He also hosted a weekly music show throughout his four years at Washington and Lee.
Burks was chosen to receive the second-annual Douglas J. Harwood Award for Music Programming. The student DJ award is named for Doug Harwood '74, host of the Saturday night program "The Anti-Headache Machine" for over four decades on WLUR. Starting in the 2010 winter term, Burks hosted "The After Hours", playing a wide variety of genres that included jazz, post-rock, folk and electronica. He also contributed to the station's music department by reviewing records for the WLUR music blog.
Bartlett and Fleet were selected as the winners of the Doug Chase Award for Sports Broadcasting, named for longtime W&L play-by-play announcer Doug Chase '74. Both sophomores provided commentary for Washington and Lee basketball broadcasts and co-hosted sports talk programs on WLUR; Bartlett also served as play-by-play announcer for several men's lacrosse broadcasts, while Fleet provided play-by-play and analysis for W&L baseball games.