SAUtv received national award

SAUtv won a national award during the International Broadcasting System ceremony March 2 in New York City. Pictured are, from left, Ryan Schiestel, SAU junior; Greg Armstrong, SAU clinical instructor; Dave Girgenti, an SAU senior; and Dave Baker, operations manager, KALA-FM.

DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University received a national award for its SAUtv programming March 2 at the 85th annual Media Awards Ceremony in Times Square in New York City. The station won the Best College/University Television Station, awarded by Intercollegiate Broadcast System (IBS).

“This award exemplifies the commitment of St. Ambrose University to creating opportunities for applied, hands-on, real-world learning. Clearly, the experience our students have in producing content in the television environment is preparing them well for the world of work,” said Amy Novak, president of St. Ambrose University. “I’m thrilled that the students and their outstanding faculty are being recognized for this award. It further confirms our university’s effort to develop leaders imbued with a commitment to courage, wisdom, justice and service.”

Other nominees for the category in which SAUtv competed were Auburn University, Ashland University, Lasell University and University of Santo Tomas. SAUtv and St. Ambrose University’s KALA Radio received six IBS media award nominations in total.

“Our students work hard all year to develop their skills and passions in the art of visual storytelling. We want to foster a creative environment where everyone can learn and understand effective multimedia communication,” said Greg Armstrong, SAU clinical instructor. “The Communication and Digital Media Department takes a hands-on approach. Through our classes, our students produce multiple television broadcasts per week, which is the best way to learn the craft.”


Both SAUtv and KALA Radio will compete for regional awards this spring at the Midwest Broadcast Journalist Association (MBJA) Awards event in Minneapolis April 5-6 and the Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards event in Des Moines April 20.

To learn more about SAUtv and St. Ambrose University, visit

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