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Kutztown University Radio wins top award from Intercollegiate Broadcasting System

Kutztown University Radio won a top award at the 85th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards in New York City in March.

“Amidst fierce competition from student radio stations around the world, KUR triumphed by bringing home the coveted award for Best On-Air Pledge Drive with its innovative 1866 Minute Giving Challenge,” Kutztown University said in a statement. “The relentless energy and creativity of the students during the nearly 31-hour live broadcast caught the judges’ attention and epitomized the station’s commitment to excellence in student-led media.

“This marathon event not only showcased the students’ broadcasting prowess but also their dedication to engaging with the community and promoting philanthropy through innovative media outreach,” the university continued in the release.

Kutztown University Radio station manager Michael Regensburger of Auburn, Schuylkill County, said in a statement that winning Best On-Air Pledge Drive shows that KU Radio has a very dedicated student volunteer staff who treat their work on the station as seriously as a paid job, and actually, they are being paid in great experience and lifelong memories.

“I’m very proud of my crew who raise the bar every year with their creativity and impact and always succeed,” Regensburger said.

Regensburger said the team was elated to win Best On-Air Pledge Drive.

“We were nominated in seven categories and while it would have been great to win them all, this one that we won was probably the best recognition for us to win because it involved the work of nine people who stayed awake broadcasting for 1866 minutes for the fundraiser,” he said.

The 1866 Minute Giving Challenge involved Kutztown University Radio’s team of Jacob Regensburger, Mitchell Smedley, Jack Heym, Joshua Tuite, Devon Koch, Sydney Waddell, Abigayle Regensburger, Kaylee Brulliea and Linda Zuniga.

Michael Regensburger explained that 1866 is when Kutztown University was founded.

“The 1866 Giving Challenge gives entities on campus the ability to raise money for their meaningful programs who have impacted thousands of people over many years,” he said.

Regensburger hopes the students learned that dedication and impactful creativity is recognized, and for a good cause.

He hopes the 1866 Giving Challenge provided to the community “a creative listening experience unlike the desert of bland programming on the corporate airwaves.”

A volunteer-led organization established in 1940 that supports both college and high school media outlets and organizations, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System each year presents the IBS Media Awards to its member stations. This year, more than 3,000 entries were submitted from 100-plus schools across the country and the globe, according to its website

KUR received a total of seven nominations in various categories, reflecting the station’s broad talent and diverse programming, which ranges from smooth pop and R&B to in-depth political news coverage and engaging talk shows. The station’s other nominations included:

• Best Promotions Director (Michael Adams)

• Best On-Air Pledge Drive (Penn Environment Fundraiser)

• Best Community Outreach Event (Pridefest Recap Special)

• Best Political News (U.S. Vice President Harris visits RACC)

• Best Show Poster

• Best Show Intro

Founded in 2005, KUR has been the voice of Kutztown University students, offering an eclectic mix that caters to a wide audience. Staffed by more than 50 dedicated students, KUR has become a cornerstone of student life and a herald of the university’s creative spirit. To experience KUR’s award-winning content, visit KUR’s website at or follow KUR1670 on social media. Tune in to 1670 AM on campus, KU-TV Apogee channels 4.1 or 4.2, or dial 1-563-999-3101 from any phone. Archived podcasts of talk and music programming are available on Spotify and Mixcloud respectively.

Source: Berkshire mont

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