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April 7, 2006
Contact: Andrew Dierks, KJHK general manager, (785) 864-2422.

KJHK student radio station wins 12 awards from Kansas Association of Broadcasters

LAWRENCE — KJHK 90.7 FM, the University of Kansas student-operated radio station, received 12 awards, including four first-place honors, from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Awards will be presented at the KAB Student Seminar April 12 in Topeka.

KAB annually sponsors a student radio and television competition for high school and college students enrolled during the current academic year or the spring semester of the previous year. Entries are judged on technical and creative merits.

In addition to the first-place honors, KU students received five second-place and three honorable mention awards. KJHK received awards in eight of the nine categories in which an entry was submitted. This year, 38 percent of the KJHK entries received an award, up from 31 percent in 2005 and 19 percent in 2004.

“I’m excited for everyone at KJHK who received these awards,” said Courtney Ryan, Lenexa senior and KJHK station manager. “It is especially exciting to see awards across all of the categories: news, production, sports and our Web site.”

Through progressive and diverse programming, KJHK aims to provide something for each KU student during the weekly programming schedule. It is operated as a student organization of the KU Memorial Unions. Andy Dierks is KJHK general manager.

For more information on the station and its programming, go to the award-winning Web site at www.kjhk.org/.

Students, their hometowns, majors, parents’ names, high schools and awards or role are listed below.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Caterina Benalcazar, senior in American studies, daughter of Becquer and Regine Benalcazar; Topeka High School; second-place team award for 30-second donor announcement for Teller’s and honorable mention team award for station promotional announcement for Cocktails at Seven.

Andrew Bullington, senior in theatre and film, son of Stuart Bullington and Bobbi Rahder; Lawrence Free State High School; first place for 60-second donor announcement for Milton’s.

FRANKLIN COUNTY
From Pomona
Daniel Duda, senior in computer science, son of Ed and Jenifer Duda; home school; first-place team award for station Web site.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Bryan Cisler, sophomore in pre-business administration, son of Dennis and Joy Cisler; Blue Valley North High School; honorable mention team award for sports play-by-play for the KU-Kentucky basketball game broadcast.

From Lenexa
Courtney Ryan, senior in English, pre-journalism and women’s studies, daughter of Thomas Ryan; Shawnee Mission South High School; KJHK station manager.

From Olathe
Jon Doerr, sophomore in English and theatre and film, son of Jo Doerr; Olathe South High School; second-place team award for 30-second donor announcement for Teller’s.

From Overland Park
Shanxi Upsdell, junior in English, journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis) and pre-law, daughter of David and Mel Upsdell; home school; first place for complete newscast.

From Prairie Village
Patrick Casteel, master’s degree student in computer science who also received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from KU, son of David and Kathy Casteel; Shawnee Mission East High School; first-place team award for station Web site.

Lauren Kirby, junior in Germanic languages and literatures and humanities, daughter of William B. and Judith G. Kirby; Shawnee Mission East High School; honorable mention team award for station promotional announcement for Cocktails at Seven.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Leavenworth
Mark Zillman, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of John and Gayle Zilllman; Leavenworth Senior High School; first-place team award for sports play-by-play for the KU-Kansas State basketball game broadcast; second-place team award for public affairs program The Jayhawk Nation; and honorable mention team award for sports play-by-play for the KU-Kentucky basketball game broadcast.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita (67205)
Michael Phillips, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of David and Donna Phillips; Maize High School; first-place team award for station Web site; second place for sportscast and sports feature; and second-place team awards for public affairs program The Jayhawk Nation and for sports play-by-play for KU-Oklahoma basketball game broadcast.

MINNESOTA
From Burnsville
Kyle Geiken, senior in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), son of Gary and Carla Geiken; Burnsville Senior High School; second-place team award for sports play-by-play for KU-Oklahoma basketball game broadcast.

TEXAS
From Austin
Kellis Robinett, who received a bachelor’s degree in December 2005 in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Mark and Carolyn Robinett; L.C. Anderson High School; second-place team award for public affairs program The Jayhawk Nation.

From San Antonio
Jimmy Chavez III, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Jimmy Chavez; Harlandale Senior High School; first-place team award for sports play-by-play for KU-Kansas State basketball game broadcast and honorable mention team award for sports play-by-play for KU-Texas Tech basketball game broadcast.

UTAH
From Ogden
Tim Hall, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Jeffrey and Cynthia Hall; Ogden Senior High School; honorable mention team award for sports play-by-play for KU-Texas Tech basketball game broadcast.

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