LBCC Radio Earns 3rd ‘Spirit’ Award
For the third year in a row, Long Beach City College’s student-run radio stations KCTY and KLBC have won the “Spirit of College Radio” award during World College Radio Day.
More than 500 college radio stations in 30 countries participated in the sixth annual event hosted by the College Radio Foundation on Nov. 4. The award is given to stations that go above and beyond to celebrate the event as well as embody the passion and mission of college radio.
LBCC’s stations were among the six winning colleges and universities, as determined by the College Radio Day Task Force. LBCC is the only community college station ever to win the honor.
“We were surprised and pleased. It’s a challenge now every year to take it up a notch to try to win again,” said Ken Borgers, LBCC Professor of Radio-TV.
KLBC Radio and KCTY Radio “The City” presented six hours of live music by local artists and bands. The broadcast streamed live in HD Video on the stations’ lbcrd.com.
The two stations took things up a notch this in year, dedicating 90 minutes of the broadcast to a lunchtime event on the steps of the auditorium at the LAC campus, where Mayor Robert Garcia's office proclaimed Nov. 4 College Radio Day in Long Beach, and 70th Assembly District Representative Patrick O'Donnell presented a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California Assembly. Fifth District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, 4th District Councilman Daryl Supernaw and 8th District Councilman Al Austin spoke in support of College Radio Day as well.
Former City Councilman Rob Webb hosted the event, and the Long Beach Fire Department cooked hot dogs for attendees. Music was provided by the LBCC Jazz Big Band, directed by Patrick Sheng.
Faculty members Borgers, Bob Hersh and Doug Wood led about 130 radio and television students from the Radio and Television, Music, Visual and Media Arts, and Performing Arts departments for the event.
“It is a truly interdepartmental effort,” Borgers said.
College Radio Day was founded in 2010 by Dr. Rob Quicke, the General Manager of WPSC, the station at William Paterson University in the New York Market, to celebrate and raise awareness of college radio.
KCTY and KLBC have been participating in the event since its inception. To find out more information about the program or to see the program's open classes, visit these websites:
Visual & Media Arts
Radio and Television