KSUA wins two at Goldie TV and radio awards

Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

KSUA Radio and TV won two Goldies at Friday night’s annual TV and Radio Goldie Awards. The two new Goldie awards will be added to their over 100 previously won awards.

KSUA General Manager Mickey Zakurdaew shakes hands with Alaska Broadcaster Association president Matt Wilson following KSUA winning two Goldie awards on Friday night. KSUA staff members Camden Taylor (far left), Ted Hooker (left) and Josh Chavez (right) watch on. – Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

KSUA General Manager Mickey Zakurdaew shakes hands with Alaska Broadcaster Association president Matt Wilson following KSUA winning two Goldie awards on Friday night. KSUA staff members Camden Taylor (far left), Ted Hooker (left) and Josh Chavez (right) watch on. – Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

The Goldies are an annual event hosted by the Alaska Broadcasters Association where awards are given to the best radio and TV performances from the past year. KSUA’s awards were for the best student promotional announcement and best student public service announcement.

The awards were won by Jack Ewers for his show “Valentines Day Party,” and Alana Vilagi for “Voter Registration.”

This year’s Goldie Awards had plenty of Fairbanks personality present, from KSUA staff to Jerry Evans and Glen Anderson, two famous radio DJs who got their start in 1981 at KSUA. Glenner and Jerry, as they are more commonly referred to, hosted Friday night’s award ceremony. Since getting their start at KSUA, they have gone on to other radio stations, and were nominated into the Alaska Broadcasters hall of fame last year.

Annie Bartholomew, a UAF Journalism student who graduated in 2014, handed out awards during the ceremony. After graduating, she went on to work for KTOO, the public radio station in Juneau.

The other three student awards were won by Anchorage-based Alaska Teen Media Institute, and the Sitka community radio station, KCAW.  The University of Alaska Anchorage’s student radio station, KRUA, won no awards.

In previous years, students have been eligible to win awards in every category, and not just student categories. This allowed KSUA to set a record high of 19 Goldie Awards one year, according to staff advisor C. P. Price.

Since it has been changed, students are now only allowed to win a maximum of five categories. KSUA entered four categories this year, according to General Manager Mickey Zakurdaew, and won two of those. Despite the changes, KSUA has never been shut out, and has always won at least one award every year, according to Price.

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