Staff members from Palomar College Radio Station KKSM (AM 1320) are shown celebrating their wins at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference in New York City the first week in March. (Photo courtesy of Zeb Navarro)

Dr. Joseph Bagnall Wins Best Community Volunteer Personality

(SAN MARCOS, CA – March 13, 2017) For the second year in a row, Palomar College’s KKSM (AM 1320) was named Best Community College Radio station in a nationwide annual competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). In addition, the station won the Best Facebook award and Dr. Joseph Bagnall, recently retired adjunct history professor, won Best Community Volunteer Personality for his jazz radio show, Doc’s Jazz.

KKSM was also well represented among the finalists. Palomar digital broadcast arts (DBA) student finalists were Rob Blackwell for Best Music Director; Kenneth Hladky for Best Comedy Program, Plunther Hills Valley; Ryne Holloway for Best Public Service Announcement, YMCA Transitional Age Youth; Kristina Thomas for Best Station Promo, KKSM:Switchin’ It Up; Dylan Hanks for Best Commercial, Palomar College; and Dario Gallegos for Best Specialty Music Show, Versatil Style.

The station also was in the finals for Best Snapchat, and Best Music Library/Playlist and Best Station Facilities.

KKSM Station Manager Zeb Navarro said, “Winning these awards, and being in the finals alongside four-year universities including Indiana University, Arizona State University, and University of Kansas shows the quality of the programs we offer and the hard work of our students, staff, and faculty. I am very proud of the KKSM team and thankful of the support from our administration.”

KKSM is a 500 watt station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Palomar College campus in San Marcos, California at 1320AM on the dial, simulcasting on Cox Digital Cable Channel 957, and worldwide on the web. For more information about Palomar College’s digital broadcast arts program, go to

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Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs,, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs,, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Zeb Navarro, KKSM,, 760-744-1150, ext. 2442