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Student-Run Radio KCOD Wins National Recognition
03/19/2015

KCOD Radio Station Wins National Recognition

College of the Desert’s (COD) on-campus, student-run radio station, KCOD CoachellaFM, was recognized as a finalist in three competitive categories at the 75th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Conference and Awards March 6-8, 2015, in New York City.

Four students attended the IBS Conference, located at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania across from Madison Square Garden, which featured over 150 speakers, sessions, tours, and over 1,400 attendees from all over the world. IBS holds the competition annually.

Students enrolled in COD’s Radio and Television Announcing class were given the opportunity to send their submissions in 40 different broadcasting categories. This year COD students entered in three categories: Best Campus News- Alexandra Winner and Manny Gomez; Best Promo Series- Toni Bakal and Mark Chuakay; and Best Website- Toni Bakal (creator). Two years ago (March 2013), COD student and KCOD DJ Mike Mozingo won two national awards. Mozingo was a finalist in Best Speciality Music Show and he won first place in Best On-Air Personality. Mozingo is now one of the main full-time DJs at Mix 100.5.

KCOD, the campus radio station, has given Radio and TV students an opportunity to practice their broadcasting skills in a real-life way.

“They are taking knowledge from classroom lectures and applying it professionally by creating news updates, promos, commercials, individual DJ shows, websites, updating social media sites, interviewing and producing content daily to air on KCOD,” stated Laurilie Jackson, instructor, Radio/TV. She went on to say, “COD students are on campus and all over town covering events and gaining wonderful experience. This is all part of their coursework. The students are working hard, having fun and winning national recognition. I am very proud of them for all their hard work and dedication.”

KCOD is located at www.coachellafm.com. Here is a link to their station staff positions and their DJ’s. 

The complete Rules for the 2014-15 IBS Awards, Criteria, and Categories can be located here.

 

More about College of the Desert’s Radio/TV Program:
College of the Desert’s Radio/TV courses introduce students to the basic tools needed to communicate a message clearly and effectively through broadcast. Students are introduced to the analysis and preparation of radio and television news announcements, commercials, public service announcements, promotional and dramatic announcements, documentaries, and full-length entertainment scripts. Courses continue to prepare students to work in the radio broadcasting industry while honing their skills at the campus radio station, KCOD. Students learn the fundamentals of making an effective video and how to make short videos suitable for public screenings and uploading to YouTube.