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STLCC Students Earn National, State Broadcasting Awards

April 03, 2009

St. Louis Community College broadcasting students recently received awards in two major competitions.

Students received the grand prize in two categories at the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) National Convention held in New York City, and also earned three awards in competition sponsored by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association.

In the NBS competition, Joan McKenna Van Rijswijk received the award for Best Audio Public Service Announcement (PSA) for her production of “Talk to Your Teens.” Van Rijswijk won a regional NBS award for this production last October.

Benjamin James won the Best Audio Music/Entertainment Program for the “Morning Jolt.” Both Van Rijswijk and James are disc jockeys for Florissant Valley's student-run radio station, KCFV 89.5 FM.

“I am extremely proud of Joan’s and Ben’s accomplishments. Their efforts and hard work serve as inspiration for the students at KCFV to strive to be the very best that they can be,” said Tim Gorry, KCFV station manager.

Van Rijswijk also received honorable mention in the Audio Feature Segment category for her “American Idol Revisited” audio package. Jeff Siler received an honorable mention for Best Audio Promo for his promotion of “Trainwreck.”

St. Louis Community College is the only community college member of the NBS. Marshall University, West Texas A&M University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Illinois State University were among the schools that Florissant Valley’s NBS chapter competed against for the awards.

In the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association competition, Van Rijswijk received a pair of first-place awards. Her commercial, “Earth Angles,” received the top prize in the Best Audio Commercial category, and her “American Idol Rewind” interview earned first place for Best Audio Interview.

Nisey Love-Payne, a broadcast student who is employed in the Career and Employment Services office at STLCC’s Meramec campus, earned a second-place award for Best Audio Promo for her “The Soul of St. Louis” promo.

The Missouri Broadcast Educators Association competition featured entries from two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout the state, including the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Central Missouri, Truman State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri Valley College and Missouri State University.