KQALFor seven years running, Winona State University radio station KQAL and WSU Mass Communication students have been recognized for outstanding regional journalism.

Mass Communication students TJ Leverentz and John Wojcik won first place in Sports Broadcast for their program “Play-By-Play.”

“I’m really proud of TJ & John and their progress over the past two seasons of calling Warrior contests,” said KQAL General Manager Doug Westerman. “Their on-air chemistry is one of the most unique I’ve heard from any broadcast team, college or professional. So it’s not a surprise how it really shined during the upset win over Mankato last fall.”

Program Director Teri Market won Small Market Radio in the Documentary/Special category. Her program “Sister Giovanni: Her Life and Legacy” won first place, and her program “The World of Natural Competitive Body Building: Part One” received an award of merit.

“Year in and year out, Teri’s skills as a producer and storytelling ability pay great dividends,” said Westerman. “These awards really highlight the value of our Legacy funded programs and obviously bring a great deal of pride to Winona State and KQAL.”

The awards are named after Eric Sevareid, the North Dakota-born and University of Minnesota-educated journalist best known for his work for CBS radio and television. The Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) sponsors the awards

For more information, contact Doug Westerman at DWesterman@winona.edu.

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