The 76th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Radio and Webcasting Conference took place over the weekend at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. A top honoree at the Saturday evening awards gala, per a report back home today in the Daily Aztec, was San Diego State University’s KCR Radio:
“It was amazing,” said Matt Hoffman, KCR’s general manager. “We’re this small station, we operate out of one tiny room with a mile-wide frequency, most of our budget comes from member dues, but we still beat out these huge stations at other schools that have lots of funding. It’s crazy.”
In addition to winning the Abraham and Borst prize for Best College Station in the Nation, KCR nabbed Best Online Station (National), Best Blog and Best Play-by-Play Baseball (Patrick Carr, Ryan Posner, Sean Nichols). All this following recent donations from an SDSU philosophy professor and an alumnus, which allowed the station to recently expand its campus reach to the AM airwaves.
There were all sorts of cool sessions at this year’s IBS March 4-6 event, including “History of Punk and Rock Music,” for which author Legs McNeil was joined in person by Gillian McCain from London via Skype, and “How I Made It: Radio Success Stories,” which welcomed voice-over artist Harry Legg, Ebro in the Morning executive producer Jason Griffith, United Stations Radio Networks’ Margaret Verghese and Westwood One’s Suzy Schultz.