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April 13, 2005
Contact: Andrew Dierks, KJHK, (785) 864-2422.

14 KU students on KJHK radio staff earn state broadcasting awards

LAWRENCE -- Fourteen University of Kansas students on the staff of KJHK 90.7-FM, the student-operated radio station at KU, have received awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) at its student seminar April 5 in Wichita.

The awards, two of them first places, recognize technical and creative merits of radio programming presentations during the 2004-05 academic year. KAB sponsors the annual radio and television contest for students at Kansas high schools, colleges and universities.

KJHK received awards in eight of the 10 categories it entered, and more than doubled the number of entries that received awards compared to last year's KAB contest, said Andrew Dierks, general manager and program adviser.

Peter Granitz, Brookfield, Wis., senior, is KJHK student station manager. KJHK is operated as a student organization in the Union Programs Department of the KU Memorial Unions.

In sports play-by-play, Mark Zillman, Leavenworth senior, and Aaron Whallon, Olathe senior, received first place for a KU-Kansas State men's basketball game broadcast. Rachel Robson, Baldwin City doctoral student, received first place for her graduate public affairs program, "Politics with Rachel Robson," featuring an interview with Thomas Frank, author of "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

Second-place winners in the entertainment category were Zillman, Whallon and Rahul Sharma, Jacksonville, Fla., sophomore, for "The Jayhawk Nation." Sandra Barry, Cedar Falls, Iowa, junior, and Alex Wiebel, Allen, Texas, freshman, won second place in the complete newscast category for "News at Six." In the undergraduate public affairs program category, "The Cheap Seats" earned second place for Tyler Klaus, Hays sophomore; Colin McIntyre, Cary, Ill., senior; and former KU student C.J. Sheffler, Lenexa.

Five students won honorable mention awards. They included Meredith Vacek, Olathe senior, 60-second donor announcement; Adrienne Banks, Stilwell senior, 30-second donor announcement; Elliott Hoffman, Stilwell junior, 30-second public service announcement; Justin Riley, Fayetteville, Ark., senior, station promotion announcement; and Michael Phillips, Wichita sophomore, KU vs. Colorado sports play-by-play.

Students, their hometowns, parents and high schools, when available, and awards or positions are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Baldwin City
Rachel Robson, doctoral student in pathology; Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Colo.; first place, undergraduate public affairs program.

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays
Tyler Klaus, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Ernest and Linette Klaus; Thomas More Prep-Marian High School; second place, undergraduate public affairs program.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
C.J. Sheffler, former KU student who was a sophomore in pre-journalism, son of Vicky Sheffler; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; second place undergraduate public affairs program.

From Olathe
Meredith Vacek, senior in basic art studies, daughter of James and Kathy Vacek; St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park; honorable mention, 60-second donor announcement.
Aaron Whallon, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Steve Whallon; Bradenton Academy, Bradenton, Fla.; first place in sports play-by-play and second place, entertainment program.

From Stilwell
Adrienne Banks, senior in English and Spanish, daughter of Roger and Lynn Banks, Blue Valley High School; honorable mention, 30-second donor announcement.
Elliott Hoffman, junior in computer science, son of Kim and Cathy Hoffman; Blue Valley High School; 30-second public service announcement.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Leavenworth
Mark Zillman, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of John and Gayle Zillman; Leavenworth Senior High School; first place in sports play-by-play and second place, entertainment program.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Michael Phillips, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of David and Donna Phillips; Maize High School; honorable mention, sports play-by-play.

ARKANSAS
From Fayetteville
Justin Riley, senior in art and history of art, son of Marie Riley; Fayetteville Senior High School; honorable mention, station promotion announcement.

FLORIDA
From Jacksonville
Rahul Sharma, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis); son of Bunti Sharma; The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.; second place, entertainment program.

ILLINOIS
From Cary
Colin McIntyre, senior in communication studies with a minor in anthropology, son of Bob and Margo McIntyre; Cary-Grove Community High School; second place, undergraduate public affairs program.

IOWA
From Cedar Falls
Sandra Barry, junior in journalism and mass communications (broadcast news emphasis) and English; daughter of Thomas and Kathryn Barry; Cedar Falls High School; second place, complete newscast.

TEXAS
From Allen
Alex Wiebel, freshman in pre-journalism, son of Kevin and Susan Wiebel; Allen High School; second place, complete newscast.

WISCONSIN
From Brookfield
Peter Granitz, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis) with a minor in geography; son of Edward and Laurie Granitz; Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, Wis.; student station manager.

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