Volume 94, Issue 5


Laurentian lowers the axe
Funding insufficient for varsity support

CHRW gets award for sports savvy
CIAU bestows Syambati award to 94.7

What a dome idea

Golden Bear just had the right touch

CHRW gets award for sports savvy
CIAU bestows Syambati award to 94.7

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

CHRW 94.7 FM is being heard loud and clear.

At least the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union thought so, after it recently named the Western radio station the winner of the Fred Syambati Award for excellence.

Named after long time CIAU supporter Fred Syambati, the award was given to the Western radio station for outstanding coverage of CIAU events and games, which included coverage of events outside of the Western athletics circle.

Mario Circelli, manager of CHRW, said he was extremely happy about winning the award and thought the reason the station got the nod was partly due to the amount of coverage the station gives to CIAU events.

"We're honoured, first and foremost [we won this] because of volume. We do more than any other radio station and provide a minimum of 15 basketball and hockey [games] and the last two years we've covered Werewolf baseball," he said.

The award, given by the Association of Canadian University Sports Information Directors, has recognized those media outlets that give the CIAU the widest coverage possible.

David Kent, president of ACUSID, said he was impressed with the amount of work the station was able to churn out on a consistent basis.

"Because of the tremendous amount of coverage, of not just Western and not just interviews, but overall coverage," Kent said. "The radio station is far and beyond, there's no one who does as good a job at covering athletics as they do. They do a tremendous job."

Circelli said the station's success came primarily from the people and volunteers who work at the station. He explained the station has had a long tradition of excellent sports coverage and has helped launch the careers of many people into the industry including American Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Kevin Newman and Headline Sports anchor Elliotte Friedman.

"It's really a nod to the people who worked here, past and present. CHRW is built on a tradition of sports coverage. Some really wonderful people have gone through here," he said.

Clarke Singer, head coach of the Mustangs men's hockey team was not surprised the radio station won the award.

"I got more involved with it this year and was very impressed with the professionalism," Singer said.

Now, the station is looking forward and preparing for the upcoming 2001 Canadian Olympic Games to be held here in London, primarily on Western's campus. Circelli said he thought the games would be another event in which his station would have the chance to shine.

"We're constantly trying to improve ourselves. Through volunteers and meticulous training, we're gearing up for the 2001 games. We're going to be one of the big players in that event."

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