SAU Buzz

SAUtv and KALA recognized for hard work

by Lindsey Simon, Mitchell Widmeiser
Posted on Apr 23, 2015

As the semester comes to its end, students receive recognition for their hard work throughout the year. On Saturday April 18, communication students, faculty and staff shined at the Iowa Broadcast News Association awards.

SAUtv and KALA Radio were represented well at the event that was held in Des Moines, Iowa. In all, SAUtv and KALA combined to walk away with ten awards.

Johnna Kerres, the production coordinator in the communications department and David Baker, the operations manager for KALA both received first place honors for public affairs and online media in the large market radio category.

They received the awards for the work completed on the "In Their Own Words: Voices of our Veterans" project. The project was part of a Veterans Day project honoring those who have served our country and was broadcasted on KALA 88.5 FM.

"I'm incredibly proud of the recognition that "Voices of our Veterans" received at the IBNA's," Baker said."In addition, I'm equally happy of all the honors that our students were graced with. They put in a lot of hard work and it's good to see some of them get state recognition."

After receiving awards on both the national and Midwest stages this awards season, senior Mitch Widmeier completed the trifecta to wrap up the awards year.

Widmeier received first place in four categories including: radio play-by-play, TV play-by-play, best sports coverage for his sports talk show "Unsportsmanlike Conduct" and best newscast all in the collegiate level category.

Widmeier was additionally honored with third place in the professional large market radio category for his work announcing high school games throughout the year on KJOC 93.5 FM and KBOB 1170 AM.

"I wouldn't be doing any of this if it wasn't for David Baker and Duke (Don) Schneider giving me all the opportunities they have given me starting my freshman year," Widmeier said. "I'll be forever thankful for the chances they have given me and for putting up with me for four years; I know it wasn't always easy."

Senior Shelby Shepherd scooped up a couple awards as well adding to the impressive total from SAUtv and KALA. Shepherd received third place honors in the general reporting category for the collegiate level while also walking away with first place for best radio newscast for her work on "This Week" at KALA.

"It feels amazing to be recognized for something you put so much time and energy into," Shepherd said. "I'm so grateful to Johnna (Kerres) for all the help she's given me these past few years with my Dateline (SAU) stories. She spent countless hours helping me perfect them and listening to every question I had. I know none of this would have been possible without all of the help and opportunites she, Duke (Schneider) and Dave (Baker) have given me."

Other award getters included Danielle Baresel (third place political coverage), Zack Lundquist (third place best TV sportscast), and Ryan Mcevoy (third place TV sports coverage). Dateline SAU received second place recognition as a whole for overall excellence in TV for their weekly newscast.

The event in Des Moines wrapped up the awards season for the radio and TV departments at St. Ambrose, and their ten awards was one of their more successful results in recent years.