WCSG, a ministry of Cornerstone University, was awarded “Station of the Year”--large market--by the Christian Music Broadcasters Association during their annual meeting this month.
The 40-year-old station, 91.3 WCSG, beat out numerous stations from across the United States and Canada to take top honors.
“We were very surprised, but it’s not just our award, this is the listener’s award,” said Chris Lemke, vice president of CU Radio and an alumnus of CU. “We are honored and feel energized by this award. As a staff we are humbled.”
Open to any station which plays Christian music for a majority of their broadcast day, and voted on by a panel of judges, the Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year awards are presented to stations that show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership.
“While we were not surprised to be in the top three, we were pretty surprised to win,” said Amanda Hildabrand, WCSG program director and CU alumna. “We’ve been in second place multiple times in the past but were always the bridesmaid, never the bride.”
This year’s competition for the award was especially challenging, with stations in large markets like Edmonton (Alberta) and Nashville contending.
“Knowing the excellence of the stations we were up against, it is both rewarding and humbling to win this award,” said Hildabrand, who now co-hosts the morning show with John Balyo.
WCSG, listener supported, broadcasts adult contemporary Christian music on 91.3FM in the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and lakeshore areas, as well as on 90.9FM in Springfield/Battle Creek.
For more about CU Radio, visit www.wcsg.org.