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WUTM participates in "World College Radio Day," serves as Tennessee headquarters


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The fourth annual World College Radio Day on Oct. 2 included “a unique 24 hours of college radio broadcasting, embracing different languages and cultures around the globe.” The event had a West Tennessee connection thanks to WUTM 90.3 FM “The Hawk,” the University of Tennessee at Martin’s student-run station. The station and staff participated in the international programming and served as state headquarters for World College Radio Day in Tennessee.

Martin Mayor Randy Brundige and Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum issued proclamations recognizing the event within the local area and acknowledging the station’s many accomplishments. WUTM has been recognized with awards from regional, national and international judging bodies and is the current “Best College Radio Station in the South,” as named by the Southeast Journalism Conference in March. The station has received this award five times since 2007.

WUTM staff members Ashleigh Burton, production director; Chuck Hammer, program director; and Tori Seng, news director; began the day with an appearance on “Good Times in the Morning” on WCMT/Mix 101.3. Later that day, Dr. Bob Smith, UT Martin interim chancellor, made a special appearance in the WUTM newsroom to deliver the hourly news report to the campus.

For more information on World College Radio Day, visit For information on WUTM or the broadcasting concentration for communications majors, contact Dr. Richard Robinson, associate professor of communications and WUTM faculty adviser, at 731-881-7555 or by email at



Pictured with the local proclamations are (front row, l-r) Sydney LaFreniere, of Oak Ridge, support and development director; Julia Ewoldt, of Savannah, business and traffic director; Tori Seng, of Union City, news director; (back row, l-r) Mayor Randy Brundige, city of Martin; Chuck Hammer, of Martin, program director; Ashley Shores, of Lebanon, administrative assistant; Ashleigh Burton, of South Fulton, production director; Kayla Harmon, of Lewisburg, sports director; and Dr. Bob Smith, interim chancellor. Not pictured is Toshya Leonard, of Jonesboro, Ark., digital media director.

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