Ponitz Media Arts Program Wins in Big Apple

There will be less room in the trophy case at David H. Ponitz Career Technical High School this week. The tight squeeze is a result of one of the school’s academic pathways being recognized as a multi-winner in a national competition. This event honors the best in high school and college radio, TV, web, podcasting and streaming.

Ponitz Media Arts instructor, Joanne Casale Viskup picked up eight trophies from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 78th annual competition in New York City this past weekend. The school’s six-thousand watt, non-commercial WDPS FM was notified in December that the student contributed programming was a finalist in 8 categories in high school radio. Viskup brought home four first place wins after the awards filled announcements Saturday night.

“This accomplishment confirms the Ponitz Media Arts program is among the best in the country,” said Viskup.

The first place wins with Ponitz student, volunteer and staff entries are in these categories: Best Station Contest, Best Use of Sound Effects, Best Promo Series and Most Innovative Program.

The four finalist categories include, Most Creative Program, Best Commercial Spot, Best Public Service Announcement and Best News Feature.

Founded in 1940, the International Broadcasting System (IBS) is a non profit, education corporation with more than 1,000 radio, TV and webcasting stations listed as members.

Listen to the audio here:

WINNER: Best Use of Sound Effects - "Back to School Driving"
Devontae Jackson

WINNER: Best Station Contest/Promotional Event - "89 and a Half Days of Summer"
Joanne Viskup and Chris Hartley

WINNER: Best Promo Series - "Great Things Are Happening at Dayton Public Schools"
Joanne Viskup

WINNER: Most Innovative Program - Dayton Youth Radio "A Place Called Home"
Remi Greathouse, Basim Blunt, Joanne Viskup

FINALIST: Most Creative Program - Dayton Youth Radio "Justice for Kylen"
Khari Alves

FINALIST: Best Commercial Spot - "Brian Culbertson at The Rose"
Chris Hartley

FINALIST: Best PSA - "We Are Kind Online"
Devontae Jackson