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Gridiron Glory crew on set
Photo above: Noah Wolf (third from left) and Tyler Corbit (fifth from left) pose with Gridiron Glory cast and crew on the show set.

WOUB’s Gridiron Glory Wins College Broadcasters Student Production Award


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Ohio University students say working on the show prepares them for great jobs

ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media’s Gridiron Glory has picked up some more hardware. The weekly, 30-minute high school football program recently received 2nd place for Best Video Sportscast in the 2019 College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards. The winners were announced at the 2019 National Student Electronic Media Convention in St. Louis, Mo.

“I’m very proud of the students who work on Gridiron Glory,” said WOUB Director of Student Development and Production Services Michael Rodriguez. “To win an award like this is a great honor for our students and is a testament to the hard work they put in every week. It also adds a great line to the resumés of our students.”

The episode submitted for the award was the 9th episode of the 20th season of the show. Colorado State University got the first-place award, while St. Cloud State University and Temple University received 3rd and 4th place honors respectively.

Gridiron Glory began in 1999, and airs every Friday night at 11:30 p.m. The show airs highlights of high school football games across Southeastern Ohio. Ohio University students work with WOUB staff to produce the program.

21-year old Tyler Corbit is a senior, journalism news and information major from North Canton, Ohio.  He produced the award-winning show.

Blake Baker and Tyler Corbit covering a game
Photo Above: Corbit (with Host Blake Baker) is shooting video at a local high school football game for Gridiron Glory.

“I think it speaks volumes to the amount of people who really care about putting together a quality product. There’s only a few names that fit on the award but there were about 100 people who contributed to that show,” said Corbit. “I remember the episode we submitted for the award well because it felt like everything was going wrong that night leading up to the show. One of our crews got lost on the way back from the game they were covering, and we had to change the entire show at the 11th hour. But it ended up being one of our better shows because we had to be laser focused.”

“It’s pretty cool to have won this award,” said 20-year old Noah Wolf, a junior, journalism news and information major from Cedar Falls, Iowa. “I’m glad to see our hard work paid off because there were a lot of late nights in the newsroom. We don’t do it for the awards but it’s nice to get validation.”

Wolf came to Ohio University from Iowa due to of the strong reputation of the journalism program and the hands-on experience he knew he could get at places like WOUB. He was invited to watch the live production of Gridiron Glory before classes even started his freshman year and has been working on the show ever since.

“WOUB is a really great place to sharpen the saw in terms of everything that goes into a professional station. You learn about on-camera presence, shooting, video editing, website and newswriting. It’s all here. There isn’t another place on campus where you can get that sort of experience,” said Wolf. “I also really like that there is a sense of family that you have every single week on Gridiron Glory. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, you are a family that is responsible for putting that show on the air every Friday night at 11:30. It’s a great experience.”

“The results of working on an award-winning show like Gridiron Glory tell the story,” said Corbit. “All of our producers get great jobs. The show has won eight straight student production awards. There is a history in this place, and people care about putting out great work.”