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Yoakum Receives 2009 Phillip H. Grogg Award

May 12, 2009

Barry Yoakum

Barry Yoakum, communications student, was named the 2009 Phillip H. Grogg Award recipient in a ceremony held May 1.

"It means a lot," said Yoakum of receiving the award. "The people I've met who have won the Grogg Award [in the past] have molded me, influenced me. Being compared to those people means so much. I can't describe it."
Yoakum is a 2005 graduate of Riverview Gardens High School. He hosts the Friday Night Rock Show on KCFV-FM from 7 to 11 p.m. Yoakum is also a producer and board operator for the B&E Project. He is a member of the National Broadcasting Society and recently won a Regional Award for best promo. Yoakum has interned in the production department at Emmis Communications. He plans to graduate from St. Louis Community College in fall 2010.

"Barry has gone above and beyond what has been required of any student in the KCFV program," said Tim Gorry, general manager of KCFV-FM, Florissant Valley’s student radio station. "He has shown great leadership with his fellow students, has proven his aptitude with the equipment, and has always lent a hand to any student in need. Barry is a shining example of what students can achieve at KCFV and in the Florissant Valley Broadcasting program."

The Grogg Award was established in 1983 in memory of Phillip Grogg, a student manager of KCFV who died in the fall of 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 honor. Every spring, an outstanding student who demonstrates excellence in the areas of broadcasting skills and leadership is recognized.