Mercer Island High School radio broadcasters were honored with 20 national Golden Microphone awards for excellence. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island High School

Mercer Island High School radio broadcasters were honored with 20 national Golden Microphone awards for excellence. Photo courtesy of Mercer Island High School

Local school radio stars lauded

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:30am
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Mercer Island High Broadcasters Honored in New York

The student broadcasters of KMIH-889 The Bridge earned accolades for excellence in broadcasting at the 79th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting Conference and Golden Microphone Awards in New York City. Twenty Islander broadcasters were honored with eight top awards and 12 finalist Golden Microphones.

“I am excited to see the quality work our amazing students are airing on KMIH be nationally recognized,” said MIHS broadcast media instructor Joe Bryant. “What is a particular point of pride is to have so many of our awards reflect our commitment to serve the Mercer Island community.”

Winners included:

• Senior Max Tanzer’s discussion with Seattle Mariners team president Kevin Mather for Best Sports Interview

• Tanzer’s Islanders football pregame broadcast with freshman co-hosts Gabe Gottesman and Scott Pirak was also named the nation’s Best Pre/Post Game Show.

• Juniors Alli Shoop and Natalie Wilson won Best News Interview for their chat with KING 5 News Anchor Lori Matsukawa.

• Juniors Lila Shroff and Meghana Kakubal teamed up to win Best Community News for their coverage of Seafair Sunday. The duo earned additional top honors with Shroff winning Best Political News for her visit with U.S. Rep. Adam Smith and Best Documentary for a KUOW RadioActive Podcast that told the story of Holocaust survivor and Mercer Island resident Werner Glass.

• Kakubal also won Best Campus News for documenting the MIHS marching band’s preparations for the Rose Parade and partnership with the BEG band of Puerto Rico.

• Junior Emily Raissis earned the top award for Best Public Service Event Promotion for her Cross Out Cancer campaign coverage and was also a finalist for Best Student Station Manager.

Finalists were:

• Senior Luka Marceta for Best Student News Director, Kakubal for Best Documentary for her interview with junior Mohamad Imran for Best Documentary and Shroff for Best Live Music Performance and Best Celebrity Interview.

• Senior Will Mulflur was a finalist for Best Sports Update. Best Sports Show recognitions went to Tanzer and senior Bohn Crain Jr. for The Jersey Shop as well as sophomores David Wolf and Simon Hermelee for their Fantasy Island football show.

• Junior Olivia Wen and sophomore Olivia Thompson for Best Comedy Show, Best Radio Drama awards went to Gottesman and Pirak, as well as senior Tynan Drayton and junior Max Vacca for producing KMIH Ghost Stories. Best PSA finalist went to Juniors Zach Mason and Sophia Sandwith for their Remember to Vote PSA.

KMIH-889 The Bridge can be heard locally on 88.9 FM, online at www.889thebridge.org and on your smart phone by downloading the KMIH app.

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