College student named Production Director of the Year
Tom Baker honored at Intercollegiate
Broadcasting System Media Conference
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[March 12, 2017]
- Lincoln College sophomore Tom Baker of Western Springs, is the
2017 “Production Director of the Year.” The honor was announced at
the 77th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Media Conference
on Saturday, March 4, at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.
Baker was present to accept the award in midtown Manhattan, where he
edged out finalists in the category from Montclair State, Arizona
State University, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois
Baker serves as Production Director of WLNX-FM, the student operated
radio station at Lincoln College. In addition, Baker also won first
place honors Saturday in the category of Best Station ID.
Radio station production directors are responsible for shaping a
station's on air marketing and imaging and producing recorded
promotional announcements, public service announcements, and other
pre-recorded material. Prior to Lincoln College and WLNX, Baker
served as production director of WLTL-FM at Lyons Township High
School in LaGrange, known for having one of the most successful high
school radio programs in the country.
"Tom has an exceptional talent for creating magic in a production
studio," said John Malone, Lincoln College Associate Professor and
WLNX-FM General Manager. Malone, who met Baker on a 2014 visit to
WLTL, later recruited Baker to attend Lincoln College. Baker was
among the first cohort of students to officially declare intent to
pursue the four-year degree in Radio, Television, and New Media upon
its approval last summer.
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Baker is one of 18 students currently enrolled in the new degree program. "Tom
represents what we want the Radio, Television, and New Media program to be known
for," Malone said. "When he decided to come to Lincoln College before the degree
was even approved, I told him he'd be a trailblazer, helping to build the
foundation of something great."
Last year, Baker won a national college radio competition, where his entry was
selected to air on commercial radio stations nationwide promoting the NextRadio
FM tuner application for Smart Phones. While a Lincoln College freshman, Baker
also garnered a coveted Award of Distinction at the prestigious Communicator
Awards presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Baker's work has
also been recognized in last year's Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
competition and by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
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