WLUR Names Award Winners for 2016-17 Frank and Soman headline honorees for contributions to station

WLUR has announced the winners of its annual awards for the 2016-17 academic year, with seniors Austin Frank and Shaun Soman headlining the group recognized for contributions to station programming and operations.

Frank and Soman were selected as the recipients of the Robert J. de Maria Award for Exceptional Staff. Sophomores Jeremy Abcug and Adit Ahmed were chosen as the winners of the General Manager's Service Award. Peyton Bryant '17 and Katie Pettit '17 received the Douglas J. Harwood Award for Music Programming, and fellow senior Mac Trammell was honored with the Doug Chase Award for Sports Broadcasting.

A four-year disc jockey, Frank served as assistant music director in 2014-15 and as music director during his junior and senior years. As a senior, he took on the role of assistant program director. Additionally, he was a member of WLUR's public relations committee, helping to plan multiple editions of the station's open mic night, Open Air Waves, where he also served as sound engineer.

Also a DJ during his four years at Washington and Lee, Soman worked as assistant music director in 2015-16 and was promoted to music director and assistant program director as a senior. He also served as a producer on several WLUR sports broadcasts, and as a panelist on the station's W&L football pregame show, Generals Gameday, during the 2016 season.

Abcug worked as the station's first-ever substitution coordinator, working with DJs and hosts to fill vacancies in WLUR's programming schedule. He also contributed to WLUR's music review blog and served as the producer for the interview show Equal Time.

Ahmed also contributed to the station in multiple ways. A regular blog writer, he joined the station's PR committee this year, helping to organize the March 2017 edition of Open Air Waves and working to plan WLUR's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations.

Bryant and Pettit received the Harwood Award for their weekly program Weekend Wars, which featured a wide range of indie and alternative rock.

Trammell was tabbed for the Chase Award for his work on the weekly sports talk show Icing the Kicker, as well as his contributions to W&L's men's basketball broadcasts as a color commentator.

For more information on WLUR's annual awards, including a list of past winners, please visit the WLUR Annual Awards page.