KCR nominated for radio awards

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San Diego State’s KCR College Radio has been nominated for six Intercollegiate Broadcast System Golden Microphone Awards for 2015.

“It’s amazing,” TV film and media senior and KCR General Manager Olivia Hill said. “The fact that we have six nominations is just incredible, and we really earned it. Everyone who has been nominated definitely deserves it.”

The Intercollegiate Broadcast System, a nonprofit education corporation that is affiliated with high school, college and community radio stations, helps give recognition to various stations through their programs and IBS awards. The nominations came from submissions the KCR team sent in mid-December.

The student-run radio station’s six nominations include Best Online Radio Station; Best Campus News by Quinn Owen; Best Play by Play Baseball by Patrick Carr; Brett Moore and Matt Hoffman; Best Play by Play Other by Brendan Price, Brett Moore and Matt Hoffman; Best Promotions Director Emma Healy; and Best Production Designer Josh Papas.

Deciding what segments to submit for these awards took about a year.

“Throughout the year, you hear good quality work and when we hear content that is really good we bookmark it and submit it to IBS,” Hill said. “Overall the hard work of the entire KCR staff really contributed to the success the past year.”

Best Production Designer nominee Joshua Papas, an SDSU environmental engineering senior and KCR production designer, was in shock after finding out about his nomination.

“It feels great that all my hard work is finally paying off,” Papas said. “I love KCR, I never thought that I would have the chance to go to New York and actually win an award for doing what I truly enjoy.”

Each time KCR Programming Director and communication sophomore Matt Hoffman did a hockey broadcast, he said his colleagues would all say to one another that this broadcast would be the one they turn into Intercollegiate Broadcast System in hopes of getting a nomination.

This semester KCR will continue to expand and attempt to make its presence known on campus. They will continue the “Farmers Market Turn Up” from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays by the flagpole on Campanile Walkway, where they will showcase DJs, local artists and student performances.

“The biggest goal is to always get more exposure and having a weekly music event like this has us on the right path,” psychology senior and KCR Events Director Emma Healy said.

KCR recently created a new segment called “SDSU Questions,” in which they go around campus and ask random students 10 questions. If they answer nine out of the 10 questions correctly, they will win an SDSU Bookstore gift card.

For sports this semester, the radio station will finish up the hockey season broadcast then move onto broadcasting 14 baseball games. At the beginning of each broadcast they will play a special tribute to SDSU alumni, coach and baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.

Additionally, the sports team will be broadcasting San Diego Surf, an American Basketball Association team.

KCR is currently accepting new member applications until Feb. 4 through its website.

Winners for the Golden Microphone Awards will be announced March 7 at the 75th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcast System conference in New York City.

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