KKSM Radio is Nominated for Best Community College Radio Station in the Country

(SAN MARCOS, CA – December 23, 2016) Palomar College’s radio and television programs made it to the finals in a nationwide annual competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).

Named Best Community College Radio Station in last year’s IBS competition, Palomar’s KKSM radio station radio (AM 1320) was nominated again in the same category, plus received nominations this year in six other categories. This is the first year IBS has named finalists for television, and Palomar received nominations in two student productions. In both television categories, Palomar was the only community college represented among the finalists.

In addition to the overall Best Community College Radio Station nomination, Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) students nominated for radio productions are Dario Gallegos for Best Specialty Music Show, Versatil Style; Dylan Hanks for Best Commercial, Palomar College; Kenneth Hladky for Best Comedy Program, Plunther Hills Valley; Ryne Holloway for Best Public Service Announcement, YMCA Transitional Age Youth; and Kristina Thomas for Best Station Promo, KKSM:Switchin’ It Up.

Palomar College adjunct History Professor Dr. Joseph Bagnall was nominated for Best Community Volunteer Personality/Program, Doc’s Jazz.

KKSM Station Manager Zeb Navarro said, “Palomar is tied with four-year universities for these seven nominations including Indiana University, Arizona State University, and University of Kansas. What great company to be with! This 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.”

Palomar DBA students nominated for television productions are Jay Brown and Marty Golingan for Best Newscast, North County News 5-3-16; and Caitlin Reed for Best Talk Program, Palomar Live 12-3-15.

In the television newscast category, Palomar is alongside Western Illinois University, Ashland University, and Arkansas State University and in the talk program category other nominees include University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and William Paterson University. Pat Hahn, radio and television professor said “These nominations show that Palomar continues its tradition of having some of the best students, instructors, and program in the country!”

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 http://www.palomar.edu/dba/.

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
Zeb Navarro, KKSM, znavarro@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2442
Pat Hahn, Professor, Digital Broadcast Arts, phahn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2964