November 09, 2023

Impact 89FM at Michigan State University Receives National Awards

Impact 89FM | WDBM-FM, Michigan State University's student-run radio station and media organization, is very excited to announce that the entire organization as well as individual staff members were recognized for their work with national awards in the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Awards as well as the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards. 

The awards were presented in ceremonies at the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention in Orlando on Saturday, October 21, 2023 and the College Media Association MediaFest in Atlanta on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. 
CBI National Student Production Awards: Best Student Media Web Site 

  • First Place: Staff 

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Broadcast Station Website of the Year  

  • First Place: Staff 

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Best Social Media Engagement  

  • First Place: Staff 

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Radio Station of the Year  

  • Honorable Mention: Staff 

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Best Audio/Talk Entertainment Program  

  • First Place: Chelsie Boodoo, Daniel Puentes

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Best Podcast  

  • Second Place: Tessa Kresch

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Best Sports Game Story  

  • Third Place: A.J. Evans 

CMA Pinnacle Awards: Best Audio/Promo Public Service Announcement

  • Honorable Mention: Staff 

Work was broadcast in the Lansing area on 88.9 FM and published online through Impact 89FM's website at and social media channels. 

Photo Caption
Student leaders from Impact 89FM pose with CBI President Annabella Poland when receiving the first-place award for Best Student Media Web Site. Pictured left to right: Music Director Sydney Sims, Photo Editor Catherine Grumish, CBI President Annabella Poland, Digital Media Director Jake Rhodes, Audio Production Director Drew Silski 

About Impact 89FM | WDBM-FM: 

Impact 89FM is one of the largest student organizations on the campus of Michigan State University, with over 150 students in paid or volunteer staff roles. It operates as a 24-hour broadcast and online media organization, with funding coming from the students of Michigan State University. MSU Student Radio traces its heritage back to the 1950s with the first AM carrier current stations which broadcast in the residence halls. On February 24, 1989, Impact 89FM started broadcasting on 88.9 FM in the Lansing market under the call letters WDBM. A web stream and online presence were added on October 5, 1999. 

Leaders at the radio station pride themselves not only on the quality of the broadcast and online programming, but also the opportunities offered to the staff of the station. Every student who expresses an interest, is willing to devote the necessary time, and follows the station guidelines has the opportunity to be part of the organization. 

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