SUU Radio Productions Take Gold
October 29, 2007
Southern Utah University’s KSUU 91.1 FM radio station broadcasters were recognized for their hard work, creativity and professional productions last Friday, October 26 at the Utah Broadcaster Association’s UBEE Awards in Salt Lake City.
The UBEE Awards, which pitted SUU’s broadcast work against larger, professional broadcast companies from across the state, recognizes excellence in both television and radio broadcast productions. Of the 15 entry categories for radio broadcast, SUU’s Power 91 earned 10 gold medals and two silver medals in recognition of individual student and team productions.
The students, faculty and staff from SUU entered work in 13 different categories, from news, entertainment, promotion and commercial production. With 12 medals, KSUU placed in all but one of the Non-Metro Division categories they entered.
This annual competition measures student work just as closely as if it were done by a professional. In fact, only two other state universities even entered the competition, and only one of them, Brigham Young University’s KBYU-FM, placed in the statewide competition.
According to KSUU-FM Station Manager Cal Rollins, this annual competition is “a great opportunity for SUU students because it allows them to compete against the people with whom they’ll ultimately be working in radio broadcast.”
Each year, the UBEE entries are judged by different state broadcast associations. This year’s entries were evaluated by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
Rollins feels “this year’s wins are especially significant because the New Hampshire jury had no preconception about Power 91, SUU or its students. To have those professionals judge KSUU solely on talent, and for us to come out victorious, proves our program is something to be reckoned with.”
Rollins views competitions like the UBEE Awards as a chance for SUU and its students to be seen and heard. According to Rollins, the department’s ultimate goal is to become one of the best college radio stations in the country. Along with the UBEEs, SUU’s Broadcast Department also plans to participate in the annual Broadcast Education Association and the College Broadcasters Incorporated competitions.
The following is a comprehensive list of the Utah Broadcast Association’s UBEE Awards KSUU productions earned.
R1NM Best 30 Commercial—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, Northeast Furniture: The Musical by Shawn Ledingham & Justin Bowles
R3NM Best 30 Station Promo—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, New Rock This Week, Sally Hunter Jensen & Cal Rollins
R6NM Best Public Service Announcement—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, The Big Read, Monica Workman, Shawn Ledingham & Justin Bowles
R6NM Best Public Service Announcement—SILVER
KSUU 91.1, Graduation Papers, Shawn Ledingham & Justin Bowles
R7NM Best Promotional Campaign—SILVER
KSUU 91.1, Morning Brew’s MS Campaign, Shawn Ledingham, Justin Bowles & Monica Workman
R8NM Best Sports Program—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, Halftime Report “Gymnastics”, Cal Rollins
R9NM Best Sportscast—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, SUU vs. Utah Basketball Play-By-Play, Art Challis
R10NM Best Feature Story or Program—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, “Ashbury”, Isaac Madson
R11NM Best Single Event News—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, 222nd Band of Brothers, Cal Rollins
R13NM Best News Reporting Series—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, Utah Summer Games, Cal Rollins
R14NM Best Radio Personality or Team—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, Morning Brew, Justin Bowles, Shawn Ledingham & Monica Workman
R15NM Best Newscast—GOLD
KSUU 91.1, 91 News, Emily Holmgren
In addition to SUU students and professors who garnered awards last Friday, several SUU alumni also received recognition for their professional endeavors. That students are able to succeed professionally after graduation again and again is yet another credit to the high quality instruction broadcast students receive at Southern Utah University.