By Ana Maria Ramirez / Staff Writer
Radio class KCTY students did their happy dance and cheered as they won the global station of the year award from RadioFlag.
Awards are decided by a panel of judges that includes music industry professionals, local artists, RadioStar blog writers and RadioFlag interns.
RadioFlag is a live radio station with a free social app available on iPhone, Blackberry, Windows mobile and also on the web.
The radio station promotes college radio and community DJs from all over the world so that they may be noticed. This is done with the sole purpose for listeners to enjoy and discover the variety of radio shows that are offered around the world and talents that others possess.
KCTY co-hosts Liz Waite and Derek Shultz won the global award for best variety show for their “Faces of Radio” program.
The contest was conducted in the Fall.
Waite said, “My experience on the radio has been very positive. KCTY gives you the freedom to do what you want or care to do. I don’t do well with rules, but here there’s a lot of creative freedom to be successful.
“One of many goals I have is to one day own my own radio station.”
Radio and TV teacher Kenneth Borgers said, “Only KCTY was nominated last semester. KLBC was one of six finalists for global station of the year award in the annual new music weekly awards a few years ago. It was the only two-year school nominated and the only station from the West Coast. They lost to Tulane University, a very expensive private four-year institution whose station has probably 100 times their budget.”
About 25-30 students are enrolled in each R-TV 25 class. Almost all of them have at least one show. The remaining students work on music, production and other elements of station operation.
Amanda Caldwell, 21, an English major, said, “I feel that KCTY deserved the award as we work very hard as a group effort. It was very cool to see my name on the award list.
“One of the pros is the huge freedom of speech that we have. Of course we must follow the Federal Communications Comission rules.
“The one challenge we have here is that our equipment doesn’t always work or run properly and makes it very difficult to run my show.
“I see myself working behind the scenes at a radio station or as a DJ.”
Last year, KCTY DJs stepped up their social networking efforts. Joanna Price, also known as DJ TripleP, 21, is a communications major and training director at KCTY’s sister station KLBC, but last year she was on the award- winning team at KCTY.
“We posted on RadioFlag, Facebook and pretty much had a lot of people tuning in. Word of mouth helps a lot.”