Student wins national broadcasting award

  Wednesday, November 7, 2018 8:00 AM
  News, Milestones, Alumni

Pittsburg, KS

Stephanie Powers, alumna

Broadcasting alumna Stephanie Powers has won the first national award earned by a PSU student in radio.  

Each yearstudents pursuing an education in broadcasting at PSU compete at the state level through the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Those top finishers then compete at the regional level with 12 other states, and those top finishers compete at the national level. 

Under the leadership of Professor Troy Comeau, director of Broadcasting, PSU students have won national awards in a variety of categories: Sports Play-by-Play, Video Public Service Announcement, and Video Documentary. Powers added a new category to that list, Best DJ Audio, with a fourth-place finish. 

Comeau said receiving a national award in radio is in part due to the university’s commitment to GorillaRadio, the student-run radio station on campus. As a student, Powers also gained experience working at MyTown Media.

A native of Thayer, Kansas, Powers graduated in August and is now Program Director at KKOW 96.9, part of AMI Radio Group. She learned of her national win last month. 

"When you compete nationally and win a broadcast award, it will open up many opportunities for your career,” Comeau said. “The national awards are the best of the best and to have something like that on a resume should let the employer know the quality of person they are getting.” 

Other winners in her category were entries from WZND Fuzed Radio at Illinois State University, WZIP-FM at the University of Akron, and The Wolf Internet Radio at the University of West Georgia. 

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