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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 12, 2014

Broadcasting students claim awards from state association

Two Northwest Missouri State University students are winners of 2014 Missouri Broadcast Awards, presented June 7 during the Missouri Broadcasters Association Annual Convention in Branson.

Andy Campbell, a senior from Independence majoring in marketing and mass media with an emphasis on broadcast production, claimed a first place prize in the news documentary and public affairs category. His documentary, “Cancer Diaries,” aired on KXCV-KRNW, Northwest’s award-winning National Public Radio affiliate, and chronicled the final months of his grandmother’s battle with cancer.

Nick Niemeier, a senior from New Cambria majoring in mass media with an emphasis on broadcast production, earned first place in the small market disc jockey category for his work with KZLX, Northwest’s student-led radio station and the 2013 Pinnacle Station of the Year.

To earn these awards while competing against commercial and public radio stations throughout the state is a difficult and worthy accomplishment, KXCV-KRNW Station Manager Rodney Harris said.

“I’m elated that Andy and Nick have been recognized as the best in the state. These two young men do incredible work and show the quality and professionalism that our students process at Northwest Missouri State University. Our Department of Communication and Mass Media and KXCV-KRNW take great pride in teaching and providing hands on opportunities for our students to be job ready upon graduation.”

Campbell is in his third year at KXCV-KRNW, where he serves as a news writer, reporter and on-air announcer. He also serves as program director of KZLX.

He says the firsthand experience he is gaining with the radio stations are preparing him for success in the broadcasting industry.

“I know how to deal with breaking news and election coverage. I've learned how to professionally hold myself in the workplace and in interviews. KXCV-KRNW has also continued to help me develop my on-air presence and work to become a better journalist,” Campbell said.

KXCV 90.5 FM signed on the air in 1971 as the first full-power public radio service in Missouri. It provides in-depth news and information with an alternative music format. In 1993, KRNW 88.9 FM went on the air in Chillicothe, extending its programming across most of the northern 25 percent of Missouri. All programming emanates from  the Northwest campus in Maryville.

Since its inception, KXCV has served as a training ground for Northwest students interested in broadcasting. The dual mission of serving listeners and training students remains foremost in the KXCV-KRNW mission.

KZLX is a part of Northwest’s nationally competitive student media and regularly garners recognition from national college media associations. Students involved in Northwest student media organizations gain real-world learning experiences in radio, television and print, through a converged print and online newspaper, a yearbook with DVD supplement, an online arts and entertainment magazine, video and audio recording studios, and internships. For more information about the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468