WSPN COLLEGE RADIO DJ WINS 3rd IRF BEST US/CANADA MUSIC SHOW CONTEST
The International Radio Festival (IRF) named Alexander Spinelli as the winner of the 2014 “Best US/Canada College DJ competition.” Alex is a DJ on WSPN 91.1 FM – Skidmore College Radio, a non-commercial, college radio station located on the campus of Saratoga Springs, NY, USA. WSPN is a student-run radio station, focusing on alternative rock music and one of the few college radio stations run entirely by a selected student board. Alex will present his show at the 5th annual IRF, taking place September 3-7 at the famous Kaufleuten in Zurich. The contest partner is iBiquity Digital, the creators of HD Radio™ Technology; and media partners are CMJ and Mixcloud.com.
Over 105 submissions from the US and Canada were received via mixcloud.com, representing a 27% increase in submissions from the past contests. Applicants were asked to upload one of their radio shows to demonstrate their skill, personality and musical knowledge. The panel of judges included the Founder/CEO of the IRF, Darryl von Daniken along with input from the IRF Advisory Board headed by President, the legendary Tony Prince of Radio Caroline past and founder of DMC World and Mixmag.
“The IRF thanks all the US and Canadian college Radio Stations and its DJs for their participation in our third contest. The next generation of radio makers demonstrate such a wide range of dedication and talent to music radio,” said von Daniken. “RECESS: with Spinelli” is a great example of the fresh music shows that the IRF is known for around the world and we look forward to welcoming Alex to Zurich this Fall.”
“Congratulations to Alex Spinelli for winning the IRF Best College DJ. iBiquity is proud of our partnership with the IRF, highlighting outstanding DJs from US & Canadian Universities”, said Joseph D’Angelo, SVP, iBiquity. “Thanks to Alex, WSPN will be receiving a free license to use HD RADIO technology (normally $10,000) from iBiquity, and have the opportunity upgrade their broadcast equipment and join the over 2,200 radio stations in the USA that have upgraded to HD Radio Technology. WSPN’s audiences have been enjoying Alex’s tremendous talents, and now they will also receive all the benefits of HD Radio digital broadcasting.”
“College radio is a great platform for promoting emerging and independent musicians. I’m thrilled to represent WSPN and am grateful to the IRF for this award. I look forward to meeting all the great global DJs in Zurich this September,” said Spinelli.
Spinelli’s show “RECESS: with Spinelli” is broadcast Thursday nights (20:00-22:00 EDT) at WSPN 91.1 FM and the winning show format includes global & local new music; interviews with local & international musicians, as well as special performances in the studio, news and insight into the new music scene for the 21st Century. “RECESS: with Spinelli” also aired from the following stations: WOMM-LP in Burlington, VT; IC Radio (Imperial College) & ZoneOneRadio in London, England; and all recorded broadcasts can be found on: www.mixcloud.com/RecessWithSpinelli. Spinelli’s passion for radio began as a DJ at WWPV “The Mike” (St. Michael’s College) in Colchester, Vermont. Alex is focusing on foreign language and media studies at Skidmore College.
All about the IRF Campus Radio Contest 2014 here