SUU Radio Productions Shine Gold at UBEE AwardsNovember 17, 2008
Southern Utah University’s KSUU 91.1 FM radio station broadcasters were recognized for their hard work, creativity and professional productions at the Utah Broadcaster Association’s UBEE Awards in Salt Lake City.
The UBEE Awards, which pitted SUU’s broadcast work against larger, professional broadcast companies from across the state, recognizes excellence in both television and radio broadcast productions. Of the 25 awards earned by radio stations in southwestern Utah, 24 award recipients had an SUU connection.
The University's own KSUU-FM collected the greatest share of the 25 regional awards, with 6 gold awards and 10 silver.
According to KSUU-FM Station Manager Cal Rollins, this annual competition is “a great opportunity for SUU students because it allows them to compete against the people with whom they’ll ultimately be working in radio broadcast.”
Commercial broadcasters Canyon Media Group received seven total awards (3 gold, 4 silver), and Cherry Creek Radio earned 2 gold awards.
SUU alumnus Shawn Denevan is the production director for the Canyon Media Group in St. George and was responsible for producing 6 of the 7 awards earned by Canyon.
Both gold awards presented to St. George’s Cherry Creek Radio were earned by SUU alumna Andrea Wright.
Southern Utah University’s non-commercial campus station, KSUU, competed well against the commercial radio groups bringing home 16 total awards. KSUU award winners included SUU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Award winners from KSUU included: Chris Babb, Justin and Kimberly Bowles , Art Challis, Ian Durrant, Ray deWolfe, Tony Eccles, Lindsey Hansen, Emily Holmgren, Kipp Howard, Paul Howell, Sally Hunter Jensen, Natalee Jones, Jeff Kinsel, Ryan McLean, Kathleen Millar, Eric Moses, Dean O’Driscoll, Cal Rollins, Carl Webb and Monica Workman.
In addition to the awards earned by those with SUU ties in southern Utah, SUU Alumnus Richie Steadman of the Simmons Media Group in Salt Lake City received a gold award at the UBEEs for his work as the producer of the X96 Radio From Hell morning show. Steadman also received a silver award for Best Thirty-second Commercial.