by Bao Le-Huu
DEFINITELY not that.
OK, now that's what I meant.
It seems like Orlando's coolest little radio station, Rollins College's WPRK (91.5 FM), has made it into the TOP 10 to be considered for the mtvU Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station. FTW! Well, almost. That's where you come in. Voting ends Mar. 1, which is TOMORROW. So get on there TODAY and support 'em with your vote right here: www.votewprk.org
The winner will be announced at the awards show on Mar. 16.
Here's a note from WPRK's Public Relations Director, Lauren Silvestri:
For the past seven years, mtvU, a division of the MTV network catering toward a college student audience and underground and emerging artists, has hosted the Woodie Awards. The network claims that the Woodie Awards is “the definitive award show for college students, and the music they care about.” College students are able to vote for all the categories, so they truly determine the winners.
The Woodie Awards also every year recognizes the Best College Radio Station. 91.5 WPRK, the radio station of Rollins College, was nominated along with another 49 college radio stations and made the cut of the top 10. This nomination has excited both the WPRK staff and Rollins community alike. WPRK listener Saabira Mohamed says, “It’s really neat because MTV is huge and I think it will help WPRK’s popularity on [Rollins’] campus.” Adds Rob Soviero, promotions director at WPRK, “Comparing it to the VMAs which would never have an award like this, the Woodie Awards gives us a great opportunity to be seen and heard.”
WPRK, the oldest radio station in Florida, not only broadcasts on Rollins’ campus, but also reaches the outer Orlando community. As one of the only independent radio stations in Orlando, it is hailed “the best in basement radio,” where a wide range of music is heard, from indie rock to dubstep and everything in between. WPRK DJs comprise of both Rollins students and local community members, some of which that have been there for over twenty years. WPRK remains an important part in Orlando’s independent music scene and hosts shows at such venues as the House of Blues and Hard Rock.
This year, the Woodie Awards are being held in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) instead of the traditional New York City venue. It will broadcast live on March 16 at midnight on MTV, MTV2, and mtvU, which is when the winner of the Best College Radio Station category will be announced. As a smaller radio station, WPRK needs as much help as it can to compete with the larger nominees. Please support them and your Orlando community at votewprk.org to help them win! Voting ends March 1st!