WSU Broadcasters Collect National Honors

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University communication students may take to the airways to broadcast their recent success at the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) student competition.

Two WSU student entries won the NBS grand prizes in their respective categories.
KWCR, WSU’s student-run radio station, earned the 2010 NBS Grand Prize for Audio Public Service Announcements. Mike Addams and Rachel Jenkins, a junior and senior respectively from Ogden, produced the award-winning public service announcement “Future Method News.”

“Studio 76,” an entertainment program produced by Weber State News staff, brought home the NBS Grand Prize for best Music/Entertainment Program. The award honored the Oct. 28, 2009 edition of the program, which featured a story on a multicultural art exhibit and an interview with WSU music theater director Jim Christian talking about his production of “Sleepy Hollow.” The guest musical artists were The Gorgeous Hussies.

This is the fourth time in five years “Studio 76” has reached the NBS finals, and the third time it has been honored with a grand prize trophy. The winning show can be viewed online at

In addition to the two winning entries, WSU had three other video projects reach the NBS finals: two in the music video category and one in the instructional/industrial/promotional video category.

At the NBS finals, students from WSU compete against universities from across the nation, including the University of North Carolina, Texas A&M University, Marshall University and the University of Florida.

In a separate competition, WSU’s Kyle Cockayne, a senior from Dripping Springs, Texas, won first place in Television Sports Photography at the Region 9 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, held in Denver April 9 and 10.

Cockayne’s winning submission was a video essay showcasing the XTERRA Games held in Ogden last September.

Fellow communication student Cimaron Neugebauer was honored at the Mark of Excellence Awards, earning first place for In-Depth Reporting for his newspaper articles on felons working in higher education.

Cockayne’s and Neugebauer’s work will now advance to compete at the national SPJ Awards.
Region 9 of the SPJ includes the four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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Terri Reddout, communication instructor
801-626-6682 •
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 •