April 4, 2006
Morningside College student radio station KMSC FM 88.3 received the Eric Sevareid Award for first place in the category of student radio play-by-play at the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Midwest Journalism Conference held March 31 and April 1 at Minneapolis, Minn.
KMSC received the award for its football broadcast of Morningside’s 35-13 victory against Hastings College on Oct. 29. Casey Gibbs, a senior from Garnavillo, Iowa, and former student Josh Creekmore of Hartington, Neb., were the student broadcasters. Dr. Mark Heistad, assistant professor of mass communication at Morningside, is the KMSC faculty advisor.
NBNA is an association of radio and television professionals and broadcast journalism educators from Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
“This is a really great honor because the NBNA is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected journalism organizations in the country,” Heistad said. “I couldn’t be prouder of Gibbs and Creekmore because they are among the best student play-by-play announcers I’ve ever heard.”
KMSC has been the radio voice of Morningside College football and men’s and women’s basketball events since the start of the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s post-season basketball tournament in February 2004.
“KMSC has been doing sports broadcasts for a little more than two years and this award is an indication of just how far the station’s sports broadcasting program has come in a very short time,” Heistad said.