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September 2014 staff miletsones

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July 2014 comings and goings

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88.5 WFDD receives national awards, hires news director

WFDD.logo.forinside88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won three national awards for excellence in radio broadcasting.

The station received two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories, and one Gabriel Award from The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, which created the award in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.”

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May 2014 faculty and staff milestones

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88.5 WFDD expands Radio Camp lineup

wfddFor the fifth summer, WFDD is hosting several sessions of Radio Camp, a week-long experiential learning camp for middle-school-aged children interested in technology, writing, journalism and the world of radio. This summer, the station is adding two new offerings to its already-popular camp lineup: Rock Radio Camp and Radio Camp for Grown-Ups.

“Since the launch of Radio Camp in 2010, we’ve received multiple requests for a version of Radio Camp for adults,” said WFDD’s Director of Membership and Education Programs Greg Keener. “The audience asked, and we listened. Why should kids have all the fun?” The Radio Camp for Grown-Ups session scheduled for August 2 and 9 is already sold out with a waiting list, but due to the overwhelming demand, the station has added an additional session that will take place on the mornings of Saturday, May 31, and Saturday, June 7. Radio Camp for Grown-Ups will be taught in part by former NPR newscaster and reporter Paul Brown, also a former news director and program director of WFDD. During the camp sessions, participants will learn how to record an interview and narration, edit audio and produce a three-minute oral history radio story. Continue reading »

January 2014 comings and goings

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88.5 WFDD and SciWorks launch SciWorks Radio

science.300.175From fracking and 3D printing to the exploits of a local astronaut, a new radio program created by WFDD and SciWorks will explore the role of science in our lives.

SciWorks Radio kicked off Sunday, Jan. 12 with a segment on the geological history of the Piedmont. Host and producer Shawn Fitzmaurice, SciWorks’ Planetarium technician, took listeners back in time to a Piedmont covered with mountains and volcanoes during the four-minute inaugural broadcast.

SciWorks Radio will air every Sunday at 8:34 a.m. on 88.5 WFDD. Future broadcasts will tap into the knowledge of local experts.

“Our vision and mission for SciWorks is to further scientific understanding and appreciation among the adults and children of The Triad and Northwest North Carolina,” said Paul Kortenaar, executive director of SciWorks. “Through this exciting collaboration with WFDD, we are able to extend our mission of bringing the science happening right here to the entire community beyond the walls of the science center.”

Opportunities abound to give back

Looking to give back? Several opportunities are available at Wake Forest:

The Angel Tree

The Angel Tree is in Benson University Center on the second floor outside the food court. Each year, the Volunteer Service Corps student organization partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Potter’s House to provide holiday gifts for children who would otherwise go without.

The program depends on members of the university community who adopt the angels in order to provide holiday cheer for these nearly 150 children. The Angel Tree gifts were originally due Thursday, Dec. 5, but the deadline has been extended to Dec. 11. Please contact Meg Fallon at or VSC adviser Shelley Sizemore at for more information.

Gifts for Kids

Wake Forest Athletics and WGHP (FOX8) are partnering for the fourth consecutive year to bring the Gifts for Kids initiative to the Joel Coliseum for the Deacons’ basketball game against Richmond on Saturday, Dec. 7. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game. Fans will receive a free ticket to the game with the donation of a new toy with a retail value of $10 or greater.

All donations will be collected by The Salvation Army and will be given to children in the Winston-Salem area. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Backpack Program

For the fifth year in a row, WFDD (88.5), the NPR affiliate station licensed to Wake Forest, is partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. in a campaign to support both organizations. This three-way partnership results in necessary funds for WFDD and support for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program, combatting childhood hunger.

This program sends food-insecure children home from school each Friday with a backpack full of nutritious food to sustain them over the weekend.

During the WFDD Backpack Campaign, corporate sponsor Ralph Lauren contributes a backpack of food to the Food Bank for each pledge received by WFDD, up to a total of 800 backpacks. WFDD will be on the air Dec. 11-12 for this campaign. More information is available at the WFDD website,, where real-time tracking of the number of backpacks raised is also available.

Tauber featured on WFDD

Joel TauberJoel Tauber is an assistant professor of art who is developing the video art program. WFDD recently featured Tauber for the official launch of his new work “The Sharing Project.” The project will eventually become a multi-channel sculptural video installation (slated to premiere in spring 2015) and a feature film.

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November 2013 staff milestones

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