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Senior Rachel Kookogey and sophomore Abigail Snyder received nom­i­na­tions as finalists for radio awards. Lauren Scott | Collegian

Sophomore Abigail Snyder and senior Rachel Kookogey received nom­i­na­tions as finalists for the upcoming national College Broad­casters, Inc. awards. 

CBI will announce the first place winners in October in Orlando. 

Hillsdale has a history of radio stu­dents receiving the nom­i­nation for CBI awards. The school had four finalists last year, one in 2019, and two in 2018. WRFH Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 FM has won two national first place awards in the past three years. 

Scot Bertram, general manager of WRFH, said he is very pleased with these nominations. 

“Abigail and Rachel both bring a strong com­mitment and a sense of pro­fes­sion­alism to every­thing they do here at the station,” Bertram said. “It’s sat­is­fying to see judges at a national level acknowledge the superior work they’ve done here at WRFH.”

Bertram said it means a lot for two Hillsdale stu­dents to be nom­i­nated for these highly com­pet­itive awards.

“The fact that we had two stu­dents honored, and that Rachel took two of the four nom­i­na­tions in her cat­egory, just con­firms the quality of the content stu­dents here produce on a daily basis,” Bertram said.

Kookogey became involved in Hillsdale radio the second semester of her freshman year. Toward the end of her sophomore year, she received her first nom­i­nation for her radio piece called “Sports Story Time.” 

Kookogey said her love for hockey inspired her with the idea for “Sports Story Time” and became the fuel for the show’s success. 

“It has been really cool to see that that has been the thing that has been super suc­cessful here,” Kookogey said. “That speaks to how we will be suc­cessful doing the things that we love because we will put the most work into them.”

Kookogey started her show because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I started in the spring of 2020 when we were sent home,” she said. 

Sim­i­larly, Snyder started recording her show because of the effects that COVID-19 had on the world. 

“I started ‘The Virtual Voyage’ during the COVID-19 pan­demic, which was a time when a lot of people could not travel,” Snyder said. “I wanted to give people the oppor­tunity to expe­rience sights they wouldn’t be able to oth­erwise,” Snyder said.

Snyder said her favorite part of radio is the variety of oppor­tu­nities she has received. . 

“I have always had the dream of being Ben Shapiro’s co-host, so I was inter­ested in radio as a medium for com­mu­ni­cation,” Snyder said.

Snyder’s show takes people all around the world, showing them his­torical places and beau­tiful views, all from the comfort of their homes. 

Snyder said she is honored to rep­resent Hillsdale College in this competition. 

“In one year, Hillsdale has trans­formed my edu­ca­tional expe­rience, Snyder said. “I am so thankful for its impact on me and I see this as a small way for me to rep­resent the Hillsdale com­munity at large.”

Kookogey said she thanks Bertram for her success.

“Mr. Bertram has done a lot with the station and trained us really well and all the stu­dents are super eager,” she said.

“I think it’s so cool how well Hillsdale’s radio station has done in national awards because we have only existed since 2016,” Kookogey said. “It is really cool that as a small college and a small station we have been so suc­cessful in such a short time.”