Butler Community College Wins State-Wide Broadcast Awards

Published April 11, 2017 at 01:18 pm Butler Community College students at the KAB workshop.

Butler received 11 awards this year, which brings Butler’s total KAB awards to 222 since the competition began.

Twelve students and one faculty sponsor represented Butler at the 2017 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Workshop held on April 4 in Topeka.  Student delegations from high schools, and two-year and four-year institutions in Kansas were able to interact with broadcast professionals from the region, compare production skills, and apply for internships and jobs in the area. 

Eleven Butler students received 11 awards, including two first place, four second place and five honorable mentions for radio and television-based undergraduate entries. Butler received more awards than any other two-year college in the state.  This brings Butler’s total KAB awards to 222 since the competition began in 1998.  Seventy-nine of the 222 awards given were for first place.

“The workshop is a great opportunity for Butler students to present themselves to industry leaders,” said Keith West, mass communications professor. “Over the years, a number of professional careers got their start from internships and part-time employment facilitated by KAB.”

Four recent graduates from Butler’s program, now attending Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas received nine undergraduate awards as well.

2017 KAB Student Production winners from Butler:

Matthew Scharnhorst    Honorable Mention – Radio :60 Public Service Announcement “My Anti-Drug”

Jenny Gilbert                     1st Place – Radio Station Promotion “Presidential Promo”

                                         2nd Place – Radio Documentary “The Workmans”

Karen Garza Guzman     2nd Place – Radio Station Promotion “Radio For Everyone”

Ryan Harbour                    Honorable Mention – Radio Station Promotion “Best Radio Station Ever”

Dom Brown & Caleb Thornton       Honorable Mention – Radio Taped Newscast “Butler Radio News 2-15-2016”

Garrett Hartman              2nd Place – Radio DJ Personality “DJ Hearthrob”

Brian Hardin                       Honorable Mention – TV News Feature “Walter’s Pumkin Patch”

                                         Honorable Mention – TV Research Paper “Network”

Jordan Griffitt & Austin McNorton    TV Sports Play-By-Play “Butler v Cowley”

Stephen Steinbacher     1st Place – TV Research Paper “Film Is Dead”

High School’s Students Graduated from:

Bishop Carroll High School:

Dom Brown

Conway Springs High School:

Garrett Hartman

Ryan Harbour

Eudora High School:

Austin McNorton

Eureka High School:

Caleb Thornton

Maize High School:

Jordan Griffitt

Northeast High School:

Matthew Scharnhorst

Trinity High School:

Jenny Gilbert

Winfield High School:

Brian Hardin

Stephen Steinbacher


Karen Garza Guzman / Cuauhtemoc

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