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March 2, 2016
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
Staff members of Northwest Missouri State University’s student-operated radio station, KZLX LP-FM 106.7, are being honored by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).
KZLX staff member Timothy Ning, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, received first place in the PSA, Promo or Commercial Category for his KZLX promo. Also, KZLX staff members Alex Cathey, Kayla Morgan and Ning received third place in the Sound Engineering and Production Category for their program, “Northwest Sessions.” The students are mass media majors with a broadcast production emphasis.
“To receive awards such as the BEA awards is extremely encouraging to the students to keep up the good work and continue to strive to be better,” Kayla Morgan, KZLX general manager and a junior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, said.
The BEA Festival of Media Arts competition is open to faculty and student members. This year’s festival drew 1,538 entries with 281 awards granted and 101 winning schools.
Prizes will be awarded during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts April 17-20 in Las Vegas.
“I’m proud of the students and feel like those awards are well-deserved,” Philip Beskid, KZLX advisor and instructor of mass media, said. “We have some really talented kids here and this is always an exciting experience. I also think it says a lot about our curriculum and the program we offer to our students.”
KZLX was named station of the year by the College Media Association in 2013 and 2014. The station plays the most up-to-date and popular artists while providing fun, upbeat and quality entertainment to the community – and serving as a valuable learning laboratory for students.
“They are learning how to both work independently and together as a team,” Beskid said. “Since it is student-run, they also learn a great deal about budgeting, how to conduct themselves in a professional manner and what the expectations of the real world industry is like.”
Cathey, a senior from Oak Grove, Missouri, said, “While at KZLX, I have had experience on air, promoted crowd events like football games, created the promotions you hear on the station and recorded musicians.”
Ning, the production director, producer and host for “Northwest Sessions” added, “I have learned a lot about what it means to produce a show, managing workers and being creative and innovative with the material that we create on the station as well as, innovating ways that we can better in both departments.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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