Frank Thorp, a student reporter for the West Virginia University student radio station, WWVU -FMmore commonly known as U92 has won a West Virginia Associated Press Best Reporter for radio award. The recognition was announced during the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards presentation April 21 in Huntington.
Thorp submitted a series of news broadcasts that were excerpts from feature stories he produced in the fall of 2006 while working for the station. His reports covered a wide range of national, regional and local issues including reaction to 9-11, the WVU student government association and construction issues at the University.
I think the stories that were submitted were interesting and resulted in an award because they showcased the feelings and events that were on campus,said Thorp.By finding the issues that the students wanted to hear about, the stories were not just a recap of past events, but more of a snapshot of things that were brewing on campus.
In his reporting about 9-11, Thorp revealed that students could recall exactly where they were when they learned of the eventssimilarly to their parents remembering those details when President Kennedy was assassinated or the Challenger exploded. In another expose, he highlighted an online petition and complaints about the new state sloganOpen for Businessthat was appearing on signs across the state.
I am very proud of the work Frank produced for U92 ,said Kim Harrison, station director.While he is not a broadcasting major, he has a deep interest in the news field. The fact he competed against reporters from across the state and received this award is a testament to his fine work.
Thorps current project involves reports he submits via the Internet while he studies political science and community development at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa during the spring semester. The reports highlight his experiences in the country and will continue until his return to the U.S. in June.
Thorp is a senior psychology major from Alexandria, Va., and hopes to pursue a broadcasting career in Washington, DC.
WWVU -FM is a student run radio station supporting the students, faculty and staff of WVU with music, news and sports. Located at 91.7 FM and broadcasting at 2600 watts of power, the station has been on the air since 1982. More information on the Web at:http://u92.wvu.edu/.