Well, while we are waiting for the final word on the SPJ awards, allow me to announce the 2007 Kansas Association of Broadcasters student awards garnered by the students of KUJH-TV and myself. Is this an acceptance speech? Not quite. But I do want to give credit to the unseen contributor, Katie Lohrenz, for her consulting services on the tv.ku.edu Web site.

The site won first place as “Best Station Web site”! Very exciting! The rest of the KU-centric results are:

Undergraduate Radio:
Sports Play by Play
Honorable Mention: Bryan Cisler, Rustin Dodd

Entertainment Program
First Place: “The Sporting Life” – Rustin Dodd, Blake Cripps, Ryan Elder
Second Place: “The Panel Episode (11.9.06)” – Annie Harrigan, Ian Hrabe, Joe Noh

Undergraduate Television:
Complete Newscast
Second Place: KUJH-TV News (9.18.06) – Kristen Luehrs, Steve Zawilinski, Tami Dreitz, Tracy Perlman, Frank Waugh, Mary Johnson

Hard News Package
Second Place:Jury Selection” – Darica Nisly

Enterprise News Package
Honorable Mention:Elections” – Colin Swartz
Honorable Mention:Family Farms” – Audrey Esther

Complete Sports Feature
Second Place: “Little League” – Rahul Sharma

Entertainment Program
First Place: “KU Q&A” – Scott Winer, Rahul Sharma

Station Website
First Place:tv.ku.edu

Graduate Television
Hard News Package
Honorable Mention: “Alternative Transportation” – Heather Brummitt

Enterprise News Package
First Place:Toy Safety” – Heather Brummitt

Complete News Feature
First Place:Seniors Dance” – Heather Brummitt

Clearly this isn’t the domination we have grown accustomed to, but things could have been worse. It gives us incentive to improve and reminds us that K-state, Pitt State, Fort Hays State and Wichita State are capable of putting out a good product. I would link to their work so you could check it out, but you can’t see any of their work online. Maybe next year!