KSUU Once Again earns UBEE Gold
November 06, 2009
Southern Utah University’s campus radio station, KSUU, collected eleven awards at the 24th annual Utah Broadcasters Association UBEE Awards on November 4 in Salt Lake City.
KSUU, Power 91, earned seven gold and four silver awards in the competition that features the creative efforts of the radio and television industry in the state of Utah during the past year.
Students were recognized for their outstanding work for the Best 30 and 60 second commercials as well as promotional messages and a public service announcement. There were also team events in which SUU students won a gold medal for their program Lipstick Microphone.
SUU graduate Christopher Holmes (2009) was awarded four gold awards, in the UBEE. However, his accomplishments were also recognized nationally when he received the top prize by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) in April amongst collegiate competition. The Utah Broadcaster Association Awards competition allowed Holmes to demonstrate his ability to compete not only on the collegiate level, but also in the professional arena.
Angie Smith, a graduate with a master’s degree in professional communication from SUU, received a gold award in the category of Best Personality or Team Show. Like Holmes, Smith was also a national collegiate (third place) at the BEA competition.
Having a university radio station is an opportunity for students to express themselves creatively but also gain invaluable professional experience. Power91 is a fully student run organization. Where students hold their own radio shows, participate in sports casting and create editorial pieces.
Award winners from KSUU included: Ryan McLean, Luke Estes, Kathleen Millar, Sally Hunter Jensen, Ray deWolfe, Tony Eccles, Kipp Howard, Chris Bodily, Jeff Kinsel and Steven Swift.
SUU continues to do well in competitions such as these, a tribute to the focus on allowing student innovation and a guiding and supportive faculty.