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Stricklin Receives 2008 Phillip H. Grogg Award

May 05, 2008

Shontea Stricklin, center, received the
2008 Phillip H. Grogg Award from Tim Gorry, right, general manager of KCFV-FM, and Steve Bai, communications instructor.

Shontea Stricklin, communications student and program director for KCFV-FM at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, recently was named the 2008 Phillip H. Grogg Award recipient.

"Shontea is a smart and dedicated individual," said Tim Gorry, general manager of KCFV, Florissant Valley’s student radio station. "She’s passionate about music, which has made her an excellent music director. Shontea always gets the job done and never complains. She cares about her fellow students and always helps out where she can."

Stricklin graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Mercy High School. As program director for KCFV, Stricklin is in charge of the music played and is responsible for many of the station’s successes over the past year. Known to her listeners as Courtney Blake, Stricklin hosts "The End of Dawn with Courtney Blake," which broadcasts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. She is active in the community and has helped organize clothing and food drives.

Stricklin recently completed an internship with Emmis Communications and will graduate on May 17. She plans to pursue a career in broadcasting while working toward a bachelor's degree.

The Grogg Award was established in 1983 in memory of Phillip Grogg, a student manager of KCFV who died in fall 1982 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. After Grogg’s death, his mother, Norma Grogg, gathered his unspent work study checks and donated them to the station. KCFV used that money to start a scholarship fund in Grogg’s memory. Every spring, an outstanding student who demonstrates excellence in the areas of broadcasting skills and leadership is recognized.