KALA radio wins awards



DAVENPORT — Three St. Ambrose University students were among those recently recognized by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) and earlier by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

On April 4, MBJA announced the winners of its annual Eric Sevareid Awards on its website. Typically, the awards are announced during MBJA’s annual conference. However, the coronavirus pandemic caused cancellation of the conference. The awards honor student and professional journalists working in radio and television across a six-state region.

St. Ambrose senior Sharon (Adasme) Bentley received an Award of Merit in the “Best Newscast” category for her Nov. 5, 2019, newscast “KALA News Today.” The bi-weekly student newscast ended in December, so Bentley could focus on the creation of her six-episode podcast “Melody of the Music Department.” In the show, Bentley invites guests from the St. Ambrose Music Department to share what makes their program unique. She also talks with non-music majors who benefit from music scholarships offered through the music department.

Senior Brad Burton and sophomore Logen Howell also received an Award of Merit. Their Aug. 7, 2019, episode of “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” earned the honor. Their show airs Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. on KALA 106.1 FM.


In March, the same three students were also recognized for their work by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. The competition is open to high school and college media outlets from across the nation.

Burton and Howell attended the IBS conference and awards ceremony in early March in New York City, along with KALA operations manager, David Baker. The two students were finalists in the “Best Sports Interview” category. The submission was an episode of “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” in which the hosts interviewed SAU graduate and retired ABC sportscaster John Cloghessy.

Bentley’s Nov. 5, 2019, newscast won the top award in the IBS competition, with first-place honors in the “Best Newscast” category for “KALA News Today.”

Also this year, the “Relevant or Irrelevant” team was recognized with an “Award of Merit” from the MBJA in the “Talk/Public Affairs Category” for Episode 318: Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa. Their show airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on KALA 106.1 FM. You can also find the show on the KALA SoundCloud account.

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