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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

June 06, 2018

College of the Ozarks radio station, KCOZ, honored at Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet

KCOZ receives first place and honorable mention in the Public Service Announcement category for small market radio stations.Bethany Dunn, senior public relations major; Laramie Lowe, KCOZ general manager; and Jake Epler, senior English education major, were recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association. Dunn and Epler, students at the campus radio station, KCOZ, earned these prestigious awards on June 2, 2018.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On June 2, 2018, students from the Campus radio station, KCOZ, received recognition at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet held at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks.

Bethany Dunn, senior public relations major, received a first place award for her entry, “Anti-Piracy,” in the Public Service Announcement (PSA) or Campaign category, and Jake Epler, senior English education major, received an honorable mention in the same category for his PSA on “Telephone Scams.”

“This is a huge honor because it means that these two students went up against paid professionals with years of experience and won,” said Laramie Lowe, KCOZ general manager. “They swept the category for small market radio stations.”

These awards, presented to stations that best demonstrate a response to needs or issues, are the first such honors to have been received by KCOZ and will hopefully act as a foundation for more to come. Award recipients were rated on how well their entry demonstrated the importance of the event to the community and the extent to which production techniques enhanced the PSA’s purpose.

“Our students are producing work that is equal or better than paid professionals in the industry, and that is a huge honor for them — for their future employment in the industry and for the College,” said Lowe. “It shows we are heading down the right path within the communications department.”

Missouri Broadcasters Association

The Missouri Broadcast Association membership is open to all owners and/or operators of a radio or television station. Their mission is to promote the success and prosperity of Missouri’s broadcasters and the survival of the broadcasting industry by representing members’ points of view in legislative and regulatory processes, serving as a source of training, and encouraging the highest standards in broadcasting by recognizing and sharing examples of excellence and achievement.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


06.06.18 – Andrew Ferkel


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