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KUOZ students earn honors at international competition

March 8, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Communication Studies

Students with University of the Ozarks' radio station KUOZ FM-100.5 recently earned some well-deserved international recognition.

Several student-produced and student-hosted shows on KUOZ received accolades at the 76th annual International Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Conference’s 2015-16 Awards Program, held March 5 in New York City.

The conference featured more than 150 speakers, sessions, tours, and more than 1,000 attendees from around the world.

In the category of Best Specialty Music Show, Ozarks students won first place for "From the Concert Hall," created and produced by Corbin Sturch and co-hosted by Sturch, Meredith Childre and Lauren Charters.

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University of the Ozarks students (from left) Madeleine Harred, Chance Silvey, Corbin Sturch and Sam Sjovall received honors at the recent Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 2015-16 Awards Program in New York City.

Sturch also earned finalist honors with 2015 graduate Corey Pintado in the Best Live Music Broadcast category for their production of "Chamber Singers."

The show "Enter the Dungeon," earned finalist awards in the categories of Best Specialty Show and Best Use of Social Media. "Enter the Dungeon" is co-produced by Chance Silvey and Sam Sjovall and includes co-host Madeleine Harred, who also handles the show’s social media.

It’s the second consecutive year that Ozarks has fared well in the national competition. Last year, Alix Tiegs was named an IBS finalist for producing "The Big Show: Professors of Pop Culture."

"We are very humbled and proud to be selected again this year at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference and awards in New York City," said Susan Edens, assistant professor of practice in communications.  "Our students competed and fared well against much larger schools, such as Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. We hope to continue to have fun while at the same time improving our on-air, online, and social media product for KUOZ 100.5 and the communication department."

Sturch, a sophomore music, religion and RTV major from Lynn, Ark., described "From the Concert Hall," as a show that delves into the theory, history and culture of music, primarily pre-1955 classical music. He said one of the keys to the Friday evening show’s success is the on-air chemistry with his co-hosts, Childre and Charters.

"We all have a background in the arts but we bring different viewpoints and personalities to the show," said Sturch. "We started the show last year but I think it really started to blossom last semester."

"Enter the Dungeon," which airs at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, made its premiere in April of 2015. According to Sjovall, a junior music and RTV major from Bentonville, Ark., the show is "nerdy news, reviews, discussion and debate."

"We provide the ammunition for our listeners to be better nerds," said Silvey, a sophomore marketing major from Gentry, Ark.  "It’s a cross between an informative show and a debate show. Basically it’s what we would normally talk about around the table in the cafeteria, except we do it on the air."

The topics can range from super heroes, to movies to video and board games.

"We could probably talk for three of four hours," said Harred, a senior strategic communication major from Cumby, Texas. "We never struggle for things to talk about."

The students said going to New York and being a part of the IBS Awards Show has already inspired them to reach higher.

"We were the second smallest school at the event and we were thrilled to do well, but I think we all came away thinking that we can do even better next year," said Sjovall.

Silvey added, "We’re already planning new shows and thinking about what categories we want to enter next year."