(SAN MARCOS, CA – November 1, 2016) October ended with high accolades for Palomar College’s radio station, KKSM, and for award-winning broadcast students in the Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) program.

KKSM was named the Best Two-Year College Radio Station by the College Media Association (CMA) and student Doug Paulson received Honorable Mention for Best Newscast. These awards were announced at the CMA annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 29.

At a separate conference, student Ken Hladky received the Fourth Place award for Best Entertainment Program from College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 22.

“It is so great to see our radio DBA students gain the recognition they deserve,” said Pat Hahn, professor of media studies. “Our students work extremely hard at maintaining the standards of excellence provided to them in their radio class. Each student has the mindset that this is a professional level radio station and act accordingly. I’m so proud of them.”

KKSM General Manager Zeb Navarro said , “Out of all the CMA nominees, Palomar has the only community college radio station with a terrestrial signal (am/fm) and the only one that is licensed by the FCC. This speaks volumes of the academic and professional quality that Palomar College has to offer its broadcasting students.”


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Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152