The Radio and Television News Association of Southern California has named “Daily 49er Radio News” on KBeach at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) the Best Radio News Public Affairs Program of 2013.
At the 64th annual Golden Mike Awards, the award to the CSULB news show was presented to producer-anchor James Delahoussaye, writer-anchor Shereen Lisa Dudar, entertainment editor Enedina Cisneros and sports contributor Jason Clark.
This is the first time KBeach Radio and the Daily 49er have won this award. The last time CSULB won a Golden Mike Award was in 2002, when KKJZ-FM won for Best Economic Reporting in the Division B category.
“We can’t cover national news as well as NPR does so we focused on presenting a show about our campus and the surrounding community because nobody else is really doing that,” Delahoussaye said. “Our goal is to produce something for the students. We’ve had so much help from KBeach’s Danny Lemos, one of the advisers, and Jeff Kaufman, a long-time broadcaster who is volunteering. They have given us expert-level advice for nothing. They’ve taken such an active role in guiding us and mentoring.”
“Daily 49er Radio News” is a production of CSULB’s student newspaper, the Daily 49er, in collaboration with KBeach. Delahoussaye, Dudar and Cisneros are multimedia journalists, and Clark is the paper’s sports editor. The half-hour, news magazine-style program is a mix of campus news, upcoming events, entertainment, sports, opinion, features and in-depth reporting on topics that are top-of-mind for CSULB students, faculty and staff and the wider Long Beach community.
The program airs live Wednesdays at 8 a.m., and episodes are available on-demand at the newspaper’s website, Daily49er.com. The episode that earned the Golden Mike aired Sept. 18, 2013.
“For our students to have their hard work recognized by the very industry they are studying to enter after graduation, what could be sweeter than that,” said Lemos.
Also attending the awards event were Kaufman, a veteran Southern California radio and TV journalist and producer who also produces and anchors “KBeach Hi-Definition News” weekday mornings; and CSULB Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications John Shrader, faculty adviser for KBeach Radio and College Beat Productions (CSULB’s television outlet). Shrader also manages the school’s digital news lab.
KBeach is the student-managed, student- and community-staffed radio station heard on campus and around the world at KBeach.org; on mobile devices via the station’s Android and iPhone apps; and on the air in Southern California at KBeach-FM 88.1 HD-3 (HD radio receiver required). KBeach is a service of CSULB’s Associated Students Inc.
The awards are presented annually for news and public affairs programming on broadcast, cable and internet outlets in the 13 California counties south of Fresno. Of the many awards for which electronic media in Southern California are eligible—regional and national, general and mission-specific, peer-judged and otherwise—the Golden Mikes are among the oldest and most prestigious, rivaled only by the L.A. Area Emmys (TV only), the regional AP awards (open only to news organizations that are AP subscribers) and the big national awards—the Peabodys, DuPonts and Edward R. Murrows.
KBeach competes in Radio Division B (six or fewer full-time news staffers), which typically includes stations such as LA’s KABC-AM, commercial stations in smaller communities like Ventura and Bakersfield, and other college-based stations, including KCSN at Cal State Northridge, KCLU at California Lutheran University and KSAK at Mt. San Antonio College.