A College of the Desert student DJ is celebrating a big win, taking home three prestigious awards at a recent college radio competition.
According to College of the Desert officials, Mike Mozingo was a top 5 finalist nationwide in 3 separate categories for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems (IBS) Trophy Awards.
Broadcasting solely on-campus so they don't have to worrry about FCC licensing, KCOD first began two years ago. This was the first time anyone from the school entered their work to be judged in this national competition.
The three awards Mozingo ended up with were:
- 1st place for Most Innovative Show and was in the
- top 5 category (nationwide) for Best On-Air Personality and
- top 5 category for Best Specialty Music Show
"Being nominated and winning the award for 'Most Innovative Program' was not only a surprise, but an honor," the student said. "It’s definitely a special thing when someone recognizes you for doing something that you love."
School officials say the IBS Trophy Awards "honor excellence in programming, on- air personalities, public service efforts, and outstanding stations."
The program for which Mozingo won the 'most innovative' award was called "The Alternative Stew Halloween Show."
"I hope that the recognition helps KCOD thrive and grow in the semesters to come, because, if it weren’t for KCOD, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue my dream of working in radio," he said. "Textbooks and lectures are great, but being able to sit in front of the microphone on KCOD and then winning this award was a priceless experience that I will never forget."
The 2013 winners were announced and trophies presented during the IBS Conference in New York City on March 1 - 3.