March 30, 2015
UCCS Radio members attended the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards in New York City March 5-7. Although the station did not take first place, they were able to bring home trophies as finalists in three categories.
Advisor Ben Sloan attended the IBS Awards for a second year. He was again able to see the work that students across the nation dedicate to internet radio.
“The conference is about 500 to 600 people. It is a mix of peers, competitors, and students that you can learn from,” he said.
“Last year I learned how to keep people involved with the station and that resulted in having three times more members than the year before.”
Sloan sees the nominations as a step forward in the station’s journey.
“The nominations are still a huge deal. Just being nominated puts you in the top five of your peers,” he said. “We get the nominations, come back with physical trophies and it is a physical reminder that we are moving ahead.”
Kyle Boyle, radio manager, also attended the IBS Awards.
“It was a really unique atmosphere being amongst other broadcasters that I had not yet had the privilege of doing,” he said.
Boyle, who began his role this semester, said just being at the awards was important.
“I got to share this amazing feeling with the entire station,” he said. “I was just fortunate enough to come on the scene and be part of it.”
UCCS Radio aims to expand over the next seven to 10 years and convert to FM radio.