Congratulations, 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards Winners!

image0012016 CBI National Student Production Awards Winners

We would like to take a moment to congratulate the winners of the CBI National Student Production Awards Competition 2016, which were honored during the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention this past week.

  • 2nd Place – Best Audio Promo – “60-Second Science” – Greg Arellano, Jourdan Bazley
  • 2nd Place – Best Video Promo – “Girrrl Party Promo” – Liliana Rivera
  • 3rd Place – Best Video Promo – “KTSW Quad Promo” – Geoffrey King
  • 4th Place – Best Audio Documentary/Public Affairs – “In the Public Interest: LGBTQIA” – DaLyah Jones, Jacquelyn Carter, Sarah Bey and Clayton Kelley

Congratulations to our creative and talented students!


TIPA Award Winners 2016

Radio Documentary:
1st place – IPI – “Water Culture” – Taylor Zavala, Leighann Coleman, Carlos Marquez, Laura Aebi
Radio Feature Story:
1st place – DaLyah Jones – “Deaf Student Section”
Honorable Mention – Carlos Marquez – “March”
Radio Public Affairs Program:
3rd place – IPI – “Gender” – Taylor Zavala, Matthew Hamill, Laura Aebi
Radio Spot News:
2nd place – DaLyah Jones – “Flood Impact”
Radio Sportscast:
1st place – Kyle Spencer, Jason Harris – “Texas State Volleyball”
Honorable Mention: Jason Harris, Kyle Spencer – “SMHS Rattler Football”
Overall Excellence:
2nd place – Matthew Hamill – “2 p.m. Newscast – 11/5/15”
Congratulations to our exceptional students for this recognition!

KTSW Sports interviews Bill Schoening and Bill Land


Six Texas State students from senior lecturer Larry Carlson’s Sports as News course and the KTSW Sports Dept. staff took a field trip to the home of the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, the AT&T Center, on Wednesday, March 30, just prior to San Antonio’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Mike Kickirillo, Director of Broadcasting for the Spurs and a 1988 graduate, hosted the group with a tour of the newly refurbished arena’s camera set-up and the broadcast crew’s truck. Kickirillo showed the students how the pre-game show would be set up and explained the use of cameras, replays, statistic boxes and the integration of highlights, incoming scores from across the NBA, etc.

Inside the truck, the Texas State students met numerous Bobcat alums and even current students who are part of the Spurs’ broadcast team. In addition to Kickirillo, the other Texas Staters on the Spurs payroll include Daniel Ashcraft, Carter Snowden, Robert Fisher, Aerin Carreno, Taylor Hair, Avery Schneider and Tessa Andrade. Chuy Perez, one of the students on the trip, and a class member and KTSW staffer, said the overwhelming presence of Bobcats on the Spurs staff was inspiring.

“I’ve been a Spurs fan for so long, and the whole trip was incredible…just walking out on the court and getting to sit on the Spurs bench was amazing,” Perez said. “But getting to see and meet all of those Bobcats working for the Spurs was maybe the highlight.”

The students also got a thrill from a 30-minute visit and Q&A session with Bill Land and Bill Schoening, the TV and radio “voices of the Spurs,” respectively. The veteran broadcasters swapped stories, answered questions and advised the students.

Land praised Texas State’s approach of providing SJMC students with “real world” experience and Schoening mentioned the positive impact a Texas State education had on his son, Karl, a recent graduate and former KTSW sports director. Several of the students stayed for the game and saw San Antonio keep its perfect home record intact for the season, with a 100-92 victory over the Pelicans.

“It’s just a lot of fun to be able to do this for our students each year,” Carlson said. “Kick (Kickirillo) was one of my first students up in Old Main and we’ve been the best of friends for about three decades. He has built a championship broadcast team around a lot of our graduates because he was sold on them as interns while they were still students.”

KTSW to say goodbye to long time station manager

Tara Pohlmeyer Headshot

Tara Pohlmeyer | photo credit:

KTSW-FM 89.9, the official radio station of Texas State University, will soon say goodbye to its long time Station Manager, Tara Pohlmeyer.

As Station Manager, Pohlmeyer oversees the day to day operations of the entire student-run radio station, with 15 different departments reporting directly to her.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Pohlmeyer said. “I’ve been part of KTSW for three and a half years.”

Pohlmeyer, a SJMC student, will graduate in May with her degree in Electronic Media and Mass Communication.

“I’m writing a thesis for my minor in honors studies,” Pohlmeyer said. “It’s on the importance of radio during emergency situations — a look at the 2015 Central Texas floods.”

During the the 2015 Central Texas floods, KTSW provided significant radio and online coverage of the disaster.

Dan Schumacher headshot

Dan Schumacher, Senior Lecturer & KTSW General Manager | photo credit:

She attributes much of her success to the guidance and direction instilled by Dan Schumacher, SJMC Senior Lecturer and KTSW General Manager.

“Dan is my thesis supervisor,” Tara told me. “Dan has helped me a lot. He’s helped me grow as a person. I wouldn’t be the manager, or the person I am, without him.”

If there’s one thing Pohlmeyer emphasized, it’s that she loved her time at Texas State University and KTSW.

“When I think of my time at Texas State, I will think of KTSW,” Pohlmeyer said. “It really is like leaving home again.”

Texas State Excels at TIPA Awards

TIPAlogoTexas State students impressed last week, scooping up numerous awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

The awards included top spots across each media category.

The staff at The University Star, Texas State’s newspaper, won Best of Show while members of the team picked up individual first-place prizes in Newspaper Design, Sports Feature Writing and News Features.

KTSW 89.9, The Other Side of Radio, scooped first place for their Commercial, PSA or Promo work as well as for their Production.

The student-produced television newscast Bobcat Update also won a number of awards; for their Sports and News non-feature work, their Sportscasting and Announcing.

See below for a full list of Texas State’s awards and winners.

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Texas State Student Media Organizations win awards at TIPA



The School of Journalism & Mass Communication is proud to congratulate students who competed in the 2014 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention (TIPA). Students media organizations The University Star, KTSW 89.9 FM and Bobcat Update submitted productions, articles and recordings against college media organizations from around Texas. Below is a list of awards given to each organization.

The University Star

Place Category Name Title
1st Overall General Excellence Staff Division I (3 papers)
2nd Best of Show Staff Division I entire paper
3rd Editorial Cartoon Laura Shine “City Planning”
Honorable Mention Single Subject Design Lee Moran “Football Season Preview”
3rd Page One Design Lee Moran “November 12, 2013”
3rd Sports Page Design Lee Moran “Page C2 – December 4, 2013”
Honorable Mention Information Graphic Lee Moran “Room to grow”
Honorable Mention News Story Taylor Tompkins “Suspect in double homicide found dead”
3rd Sports Feature Story Quixem Ramirez “John Parker”
1st Feature Photo Austim Humphreys “Kaylee and Danielle”
1st News Photo Austin Humphreys “Bus Lane Only”
2nd Editorial Page Design Staff “Page 4 – October 3, 2013”
3rd Feature Page Design Lee Moran “Daily Deals”
3rd Feature Story Jordan Gass-Poore “Bowling in a life-long passion”
2nd Editorial Staff “Report Card”
2nd Special Section/Edition Staff “Back to School Issue”
3rd Best Community Engagement Staff
2nd Two-Person Photo Madelynne Scales, Austin Humphreys Live Contest
1st Spanish News Writing Liza Winkler Live Contest
1st PR Crisis Management Nicole Barrios Live Contest
1st News Writing Taylor Tompkins Live Contest
2nd Copy Editing Lesley Warren Live Contest


KTSW 89.9FM Radio

Place Category Name Title
1st Commercial, PSA Radio Colton Matocha, Evgeny Agarkov “Flu Prevention”
1st Production-Radio Taylor Wood, Josue Plaza, Sarah McGriff, Evgeny Agarkov “Stuck on a Bus: Final Episode”
2nd Best Recurring Podcast- Online Division 1 David Cavazos “Revolutions” & Monica Solis “Threads”
2nd Overall Excellence-Radio John Beck, Joe Pool, Becca Roberts, Ana Vaso, Olympia Mendoza KTSW Newscast
3rd Best Web Site Navigation-Online Division 1 Fernando Espinosa, Brandon Van Slyke
Honorable Mention Feature Story-Radio Sierra King “Therapy Dogs”
Honorable Mention Best Multimedia Package-Online Division Matthew Alvarez “Having Said That”
Honorable Mention Single Public Affairs Program-Radio Matthew Alvarez, Haley Brown, Harrison Keesee, Isamar Terazas, Lorenzo Almanza, Reynaldo Leanos Jr. “In the Public Interest: Campus Politics”


Bobcat Update

Place Category Name Title
3rd Televsion Announcing Skye Wallace
3rd Best Overall Newscast in Television Anchors: Valerie Kilgore, Zac Covey, Kalie Conley; Producer: Max Anderson “Bobcat Update Oct. 30th, 2014”
Honorable Mention Sportscast John Beck “April 17th, 2013”
3rd Sports Non-Feature Drew Bryant, Kali Conley “San Marcos building its own football stadium”
2nd Non-Feature Reporting Valerie Kilgore, Matt Uzick Package on flooding at the Fish Camp rental.”
2nd Audition Tape Valerie Kilgore
Honorable Mention Audition Tape Carlos Garcia

Photos from SJMC Student Awards Ceremony

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication was proud to honor our students last week at our Student Awards Ceremony held in Old Main. Take a look at the photos taken by SJMC grad student Melanie Lee!

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McGriff receives BEA Scholarship

Sarah McGriffSarah McGriff has received the $5,000 Abe Veron Award scholarship from the Broadcast Educators Association.   Sarah, who is originally from New Sharon, Iowa, is a junior at Texas State University majoring in Music Performance with a minor in Mass Communication.

While at Texas State, Sarah has been in marching band, jazz band and basketball band.  She also has been a member of the KTSW 89.9 staff since arriving at Texas State in August 2012, serving in the past as an audio production assistant and on-air announcer.  Sarah will be the assistant production director and an on-air announcer at KTSW for spring 2014.  She will also be a member of a team of students producing an episodic radio drama that will air on KTSW throughout the spring semester.

Sarah will travel with her mother in April to Las Vegas to accept the Abe Veron Award scholarship at the Broadcasters Educators Association Convention.  Her career plans are to be a radio or television broadcaster and to one day own a radio station.

KTSW brings home the awards

KTSWFrom Dan Schumaker, station manager:

I’m extremely proud to announce that KTSW 89.9 was recognized as a finalist in two categories on Saturday at the College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio.

The categories and students receiving the awards:

  • Best Station Imaging – Alex Frank
  • Best Student Media Website – Brandon Van Slyke

KTSW 89.9 received two Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association (formerly College Media Advisers) two weeks ago, of which KTSW was the winner in two categories:

  • Best Radio Newscast – College Radio Day – October 2, 2012 – John Beck, Becca Roberts, Joe Pool, Olympia Mendoza, Ana Vaso, Matt Alvarez, Greg Burnam
  • Best Podcast – The Fourth Wall – Episode 2 – Jordan Gass-Poore

You can check out the winning entries at–/content-entries.html

The students are proud of the achievements of these current and former staff members and looking for ways that they can produce content and events that are worthy of this type of recognition.

Thanks for listening.

KTSW-FM 89.9 presents, “How To Be A Victorious Voter”

KTSWKTSW-FM 89.9 will be hosting its first “How to be a Victorious Voter” event this month. On October 30, House District 51 State Representative Jason Isaac and Texas State political science professor Doctor Jayce Farmer will speak at Texas State University on the subject of voting. The event is open to the public and will held be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 341 of Flowers Hall on the Texas State campus.

Isaac and Farmer hope to give insight to attendees about how to be an informed and educated voter in upcoming elections. Unregistered voters will be able to register at the event for the spring elections. After their speeches, Doctor Farmer and Representative Isaac will direct a question and answer portion with the audience members.

KTSW consists of an all-student staff and is the official radio station of Texas State University broadcasting in San Marcos.

The exact location of Flowers Hall can be found on Texas State University’s website. For more information about the “How to be a Victorious Voter” event, please contact Hannah Cramer or visit the KTSW-FM 89.9 website at