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Centenary College's WNTI Development Director Wins Garden State Journalists Association Award

04/28/2014, 11:45 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Centenary College’s WNTI (91.9 FM) Development Director, Melanie Thiel, won first place in the Radio Interview category from the Garden State Association Journalists Association Awards for her “Interview with Petula Clark.”

Each year, the Garden State Journalists Association Awards brings together the year’s best in print and broadcast journalism.  This year marks their 67th year of recognizing excellence in the field.  The contest is open to all reporters, editors and photographers (print and broadcast) who live, work in or produce stories about New Jersey.

Thiel interviewed Clark about her experiences and what life is like in the music business.  Clark is an English singer, actress and composer whose career has spanned seven decades.  Clark’s professional career began on BBC Radio during World War II.  During the 1960s, she became globally known for her popular upbeat hits, including “Downtown,” “I Know My Place,” “My Love,” Colour My World,” “A Sign of the Times” and “Don’t Sleep on the Subway.”  She has sold more than 68 million records throughout her career.

“Melanie does a remarkable job here at WNTI,” says Jon Lewis, Broadcast Manager at Centenary College.  “She is dedicated and has a passion for her work.  I am so proud of this latest accolade that she has received.”

Melanie Thiel started volunteering at WNTI Public Radio from Centenary College in March 1995.  She is now the Director of Development for the radio station.  Thiel received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Centenary in January 2011. She lives in Lower Mount Bethel, Pa.

Thiel was honored with an honorable mention in the Radio Interview category in 2012 for her “Interview with Todd Rundgren” and second place for her “Rebuilding New Orleans” segment in 2010.  She also received an honorable mention in 2013 for TV Feature for “WNTI Stage Clips from live performances and in the Television Studio.”

“Winning first place is not for me, it is for WNTI and it stands for everything we do here,” says Thiel.  “We are passionate about our jobs and about non-commercial radio.  We can make a difference.”

About WNTI
WNTI is a member-supported public radio station providing non-commercial FM broadcast service for northern New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania, with a coverage area encompassing an estimated population of over 1 million people.  WNTI supports the arts and cultural richness of the region as well as Centenary College’s role of community service and outreach.

WNTI’s programming format is AAA (Adult Album Alternative), with a variety of specialty music, arts and entertainment programs on weeknights and weekends.  WNTI also provides NPR news on the hour, local news produced by Centenary College’s journalism department and regional public affairs programming through shows such as “Contours.”  The dedicated staff is committed to providing and creating a quality public radio service for the region.  Its programming is produced locally, regionally and nationally.  National Public Radio (NPR) and independent producers are the main source of national programs.

WNTI is licensed to and operated by Centenary College and first went on the air December 8, 1958.  Studios are located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J.

WNTI operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, broadcasting on 91.9 FM and also streaming live online.  The transmitter is located in Independence Township in Warren County, New Jersey.  WNTI is member and underwriter supported with 75 percent of funding coming from private sources.

About Centenary College

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.
Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.