Article By: DeKeveion Glaspie
Out of 1,000 colleges and for the first time in 11 years, UCCS Radio is a finalist for three Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards for Best Online College Radio Station, Best Use of Social Media and Best Specialty Show “The Screening Room.”
On Mar. 7 the IBS Radio Awards Ceremony will be in New York. The IBS is a non-profit organization that recognizes the best of college radio across the nation with other categories such as best promos, social media and overall best radio stations.
Former UCCS Radio manager Brandon Ortega was central to the nominations and expressed that the radio staff has worked hard to earn the nominations and believes their programming is excellent.
“We are a great station and are finalists because we look to make a difference and be influential in our local and campus community through the power of college radio,” Ortega said.
In the category of Best College Online Radio Station UCCS Radio is in competition with other college radio stations such as Radio DePaul of DePaul University of Chicago, KCR Radio at San Diego State University, UIC Radio at the University of Illinois and The Wolf Internet Radio at University of West Georgia, Carrollton.
With stiff competition, Ortega recognizes the accomplishment of getting three nominations.
“When it comes to the Best Online College Radio Station nomination there is not one particular thing that has allowed us to reach this point,” Ortega said. “[We] were able to create a vision of what we wanted the radio station to become.”
The UCCS nominee for Best Specialty Show is “The Screening Room.” As the home for film news, movie reviews and film lovers everywhere, Kyle Guthrie, Alexander Nedd and Audrey Jensen share the honor of nomination in the show’s first year.
(Guthrie is a reporter for The Scribe, Nedd is the Opinion Editor and Jensen is the Culture Editor for The Scribe.)
Angie Flores, host of “Latin Flavor and Cowboy Boots and Pickup Trucks” believes Ortega contributed to the nominations.
“He was very passionate about his radio station and he had the goal of by the time he left UCCS the radio station would be left on a successful note,” Flores said.
“Schools such as Pikes Peak Community College and CSU-Pueblo are live on the air whereas UCCS Radio is internet based. Having two or three listeners is awesome. It means that people are actually logging on and listening,” Flores said.
Flores thinks the nominations can serve as motivation.
“With these nominations, it can let other DJ’s know that if they can give it an extra step in their show they too can be nominated.”
With students graduating, the radio station would like to target incoming freshmen in the fall semester 2015. Communication majors are their initial target because when students of that major work with the station they are also earning a school credit.
“We want to share the music and radio culture with our communities and have been very active with our social media accounts,” Ortega said.
For those who are interested in joining UCCS Radio or just wanting to give it a listen, visit http://www.uccsradio.com.
This article is the courtesy of UCCS’s Official Newspaper, The Scribe