Saint Xavier University’s student-run radio station WXAV 88.3FM recently took home a second place honor at the 2013 Professional Silver Dome Awards for its critically acclaimed series “Veteran Matters.”
The Silver Dome Awards, hosted by the Illinois Broadcasters Association, honor broadcasting quality and excellence by Illinois radio and television stations. WXAV received second place in the “Best Radio Series or Documentary” category in the Chicago Market Radio division for the eighth episode of Veteran Matters, titled “A Soldier’s Story.”
Veteran Matters is a 10-episode series examining the firsthand experiences of American veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Each episode contains the raw and personal accounts about the veterans’ time in the service, life after war, religious awakenings, and interactions with locals. Interviewees range from Joan, a 92-year-old military nurse who served during World War II, to Buck, a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, to Andy, who served in Korea, Germany, and Iraq. Since the series concluded in September, 2012, it has been picked up by public radio and college radio stations across the country.
SXU School of Education Professor Peter Hilton, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War, hosted the series. The show was produced by Director of Student Media Peter Kreten. Former Vice President for Administration and Planning Sister Susan Sanders, RSM, was the creator and executive producer of the show and Sister Joy Clough, RSM, director of the Center for Religion and Public Discourse, served as a producer.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be in the company of these other great radio stations,” Kreten said. “Radio at its best is the perfect platform to tell stories, and the stories told in Veteran Matters are stories that we should never forget.”
“Veteran Matters” was supported by a grant by the Westerman Foundation. Full episodes of the series are available online at http://sxustudentmedia.com/veteran-matters/. For more information, please contact WXAV at (773) 298-3375.