WWPT Wrecker Radio Named Second Best Station in the Country, Individual Students Win Drury Awards

Celebrating at the John Drury Awards ceremony (from left): Mike Zito, Eric Gallanty, DJ Sixsmith, Brendan Rand and Jake Chernok. | Photo courtesy of http://06880danwoog.com/

Though over 120 high schools competed in the 2010 John Drury National Radio Awards, Staples’s WWPT Wrecker Radio was named the second best radio station in the country at the competition’s luncheon in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 13.

In addition, several Staples students were singled out for individual Drury Awards. Eric Gallanty ’11 and DJ Sixsmith ’11 both won multiple awards; Gallanty was awarded second place for “Best Public Affair Program” and “Best Sportscast,” while Sixsmith was named Best In the Nation for his sportscast and his sportstalk program “Sixsmith’s Sports Talk.”

“It was a great feeling to see all of my hard work and all of the station’s hard work turn into success at the national level,” Sixsmith said. “Because of the support of all the athletic teams in the school, we’ve really been able to grow a lot in the past few years and these awards really proved that.”

Sixsmith and Gallanty also shared two third place awards – one for “Best Sports Play by Play” and one for “Best Sportstalk Program.”

Other Staples students recognized included Brendan Rand ’11, who was chosen as a national finalist in the “Best Newscast” category for his “WWPT 5×5 Updates,” and Ben Meyers ’11 and Jake Chernok ’13, who shared a “Best Sports Play by Play” second place award with Sixsmith.