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The staff of radio station KZLX, operates in Wells Hall on the Northwest campus, is a finalist for three national broadcasting awards.

The staff of radio station KZLX, operates in Wells Hall on the Northwest campus, is a finalist for three national broadcasting awards. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Oct. 28, 2012

KZLX named finalist for national broadcasting awards

Updated Nov. 2, 2012

The station’s management team includes, clockwise from left, Matt Brown, station manager; Bill Cravens, operations director; Danielle Mullens, program director; and Victoria Bailey, music director.

The station’s management team includes, clockwise from left, Matt Brown, station manager; Bill Cravens, operations director; Danielle Mullens, program director; and Victoria Bailey, music director.

KZLX, Northwest Missouri State University’s student-operated radio station, was a finalist for three national broadcasting awards handed out annually by two separate college media and radio associations.

Dr. Jonathan Pluskota, an assistant professor of communication and mass media, took over as the station’s advisor two years ago and challenged students to take charge and establish an identity for KZLX, improving its quality and consistency.

“Those that did stick with it – through the format changes, the community involvement, the on-going production and programming work – are reaping the rewards now,” Pluskota said. “It wasn't easy at first and we still have work to do, but this is the progress I asked the students to envision two years ago. All KZLXers should be proud as their collective tireless efforts have made this possible.”

KZLX’s reporting of “Hospice: Waiting On a Loved One to Die” received the 2012 College Broadcasters Inc. Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs for Radio during the CBI national convention Oct. 25-27 in Atlanta. Other finalists for that award included Asbury University, Rowan University and Muskingum University. Danielle Mullens, a junior mass media: broadcast production, from Kansas City, produced the documentary.

The radio station also was nominated for two Pinnacle Awards, which are handed out annually by the College Media Advisers to the top college radio stations in the country. KZLX was recognized in the categories of Station of the Year and Best Radio Sportscast. Other college stations nominated for Station of the Year were North Carolina State University, Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Stations nominated for Best Radio Sportscast included the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Marshall University.

KZLX 106.7, or X-106, is a student-operated, non-commercial radio station on the Northwest campus that helps students gain hands-on training while obtaining practical knowledge in preparation for careers in radio. Students may gain experience related to on-air talent, promotions, news, underwriting and sports. Students also compete for scholarships associated with positions on the station’s management team.

Matthew Brown, a senior broadcasting major from Kansas City, Mo., serves as the station’s general manager. The hands-on experience he’s had while working at KZLX helped him land an internship with Fox Sports Kansas City.

“I am extremely proud of the work we have put in together,” Brown said. “We are involved in a lot of community work, and it’s great that we are getting recognized nationally for the hard work we’ve put into making our station great.”


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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