Now in its 12th year, the Spirit of College Radio Awards are presented by the College Radio Foundation in recognition of truly outstanding and spirited efforts made by college radio stations on World College Radio Day. Stations are voted for by the College Radio Day Task Force, who seek to shine a spotlight on stations that not only go above and beyond to celebrate the annual CRD event but also embody the passion and mission of college radio. Out of the hundreds of stations that participate, only a few stations are chosen.
“Every year, across the country, so many stations join together to showcase the talents and accomplishments of college radio. Every day is a day to celebrate college radio, but these stations took it to the next level” – Sean McDonald, President of College Radio Day, 2016.
Last year these awards were presented by 2020 college radio ambassador, Bret Michaels and the College Radio Foundation in recognition of truly outstanding and spirited efforts made by college radio stations on World College Radio Day on October 2, 2020. In recognition of the huge support given by this year’s official WCRD Ambassador and humanitarian of the year award recipient, Bret Michaels, the awards were named in his honor. Michaels took part in a Q&A with students offering words of encouragement of their journey and also donated $10,000 via his Life Rocks Foundation to college radio stations in need as special Bret Grants.
In 2020, out of the nearly 600 stations that participated in 43 countries, only ten stations were chosen. The following stations were selected to be recognized as recipients of the Bret Michaels Spirit of College Radio Awards 2020:
We thank Bret Michaels for his kind support of these college radio awards!
2019 winners – KLSU, KTUH, JuiceFM Cork, WPTS, 90.5 WERG, Aggie Radio, Matthew Monteagudo
2017 winners – Black Squirrel Radio, Comet Radio, KLBC & KCTY, KLSU FM, KRUX FM, WGLZ FM
2016 winners – KAOS 89.3 FM, KLBC & KCTY, WHCL 88.7 FM, WITC Radio, WPNR 90.7, WRCU 90.1 FM
2015 winners – WMSC 90.3 FM, KCWU 88.1 FM, KLBC & KCTY, KRUX 91.5 FM, KTRU Rice Radio, Radio 1190
2014 winners – KLC Radio, KTXT The Raider 88.1, WDSR, WIKD 102.5 FM, WERG 90.5 FM
2012 winners – The WOLF (2 awards), WDWN FM, Unica Radio, Neumann Radio
2011 winner – KTAI 91.9 FM