At this year’s Utah Broadcaster’s Association UBEE Awards Southern Utah University’s radio station, KSUU, won five awards recognizing talented SUU students and their hard work.
Cal Rollins, KSUU’s station manager, says this is a great accomplishment and since it is a state-wide competition Rollins says this shows KSUU talents can compete with commercial radio stations—the type of radio stations these T-Birds hope to work for someday.
One student who was heavily recognized at this year’s UBEEs is Christopher Holmes, a masters of communication student, who received four out of the five awards. He was recognized for a sports story, feature story, a breaking news story, news reporting in a series and newscast.
Holmes said receiving these awards were very gratifying and says since the UBEE is not a student competition earning these awards make it that much better because it shows you are “up to par.”
Holmes says he has been thankful for his experience at KSUU because it has helped him pursue his dream. He says when he was an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University that the program was too busy and it would’ve been difficult to pursue. At SUU though, Holmes says it has been easier to pursue and the faculty is always willing to help.
Rollins comments that Holmes is one of the “best young newscasters in the country.”
The fifth award went to students Eric Ripley, a senior broadcasting major; Kami Christiansen, a senior theatre arts and communication double major; and Hollie Bistline, a senior political science major, for their work on The Morning Brew.
Christiansen said she loved working for The Morning Brew, but said it was a lot of work. She said one of the main highlights was working with Ripley and Bistline.
When Ripley learned about their accomplishment he said he was very excited.
“I was really shocked and happy when we found out we won,” he says. “We worked really hard to try and make The Morning Brew a show that listeners could like so it was a great feeling to know that people within the broadcasting field could enjoy it and we were recognized for our hard work.”
Ripley says his experience at SUU has been great and that he loves the hands-on experience.