Gary “Turbo” Webb, a Rogers State University communications senior from Verdigris, was named “Specialty Music Director of the Year” during the College Music Journal awards for college radio stations in North America.
Webb received the award during an Oct. 18 ceremony in New York City, beating out station directors from Seton Hall University in Seton Hall, NJ; Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.
Webb, who has been with the station for the past four years, specializes in metal music hosting the Metal Meltdown show on Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight and the Midnight Metal Meltdown on Wednesday nights 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Webb said the award was very important to his career in broadcasting.
“Winning the CMJ award is the final stamp and culmination of a lot of hard work that I have put into chasing the proverbial pipe dream of ‘making it’ in radio, particularly metal radio,” he said. “Being recognized by CMJ is not only huge for me, but also gives RSU radio some much deserved press. KRSC is the whole reason I decided to attend RSU. Moving forward, I would hope that the award allow me to me land a job doing what I love, which of course is being a radio personality.”
Webb acknowledged the mentoring he received from RSU Radio General Manager Cathy Coomer and Steve Doyle, operations manager, for helping him pursue his dream.
Honors for his broadcasting work are nothing new for Webb, who was recognized in 2011 with a Gene Dillehay scholarship from OETA presented to Oklahoma’s most outstanding broadcast students. He has earned three awards in the annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association student competitions, including two second-place awards in the “Radio Personality Air Check” and one first place for “Magazine/Talk Radio” for an interview with musician Rob Zombie.
In previous years, he has co-hosted a late afternoon show “TnT,” as well as a call-in show called “Culture Shock.” This show, focusing on the bizarre, unusual and strange, drew such a following that Webb and his co-host started a blog that was named one of the “50 Best Communications Student Blogs.”