By Emmanuel Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
CSUSB students were awarded the National Golden Mic for “My Awesome Empire” and Coyote Radio gains national acclaim with its Peer-to-Peer Platinum award.
Vincent Ledesma, Mindi McNeil, and Janet Moses—whom have all graduated—were awarded the Golden Mic award for “Best Public Affairs Program” in New York City on March 8, according to inlandempire.us.
“My Awesome Empire” focused on local businesses, offering exposure in an economically prosaic time.
Local volunteers and community leaders have contributed to the community in various ways—socially, ecologically, or economically– were recognized, said Donaldo Nuñez, “My Awesome Empire’s” production director and chief audio engineer.
“The program featured and nominated young adults residing in the Inland Empire who have inspired others, utilizing their time and efforts to make a difference,” added Nuñez.
“They are perfect examples of how any student can come to Coyote Radio and find something exciting to get involved with. All of these students were interested in meeting people, digital editing, and enhancing their interviewing skills,” said Lacey Kendall, broadcast and marketing consultant.
Coyote Radio won the Peer-to-Peer Platinum award, the highest honor for exhibiting “professional, efficient, and effective…station operation,” according to collegebroadcasters.us.
The Peer-to-Peer Platinum award validates Coyote Radio as being well-respected among peers.
Opportunities are readily available for students to undertake the tasks and positions in the field of radio, including production director, promotions director, social media director, and disk jockey, said Kendall.
CSUSB’s Coyote Radio program is “freakishly rare” and comparable to that of Yale University and other prestigious institutions’ radio programs, said Kendall.
The majority of campus run radio programs are owned by their respective campus’ telecommunication networks, added Kendall.
Many campus radio programs draw resources away from students and prohibit them from utilizing the technology to their fullest capacities, “Coyote Radio is owned by the Communications Department and we serve the entire campus,” said Kendall.
The tasks and expectations imposed on the students in the classroom prepare them for the standards he or she would encounter in the workplace.
“Adobe audition, Next Gen—programs we use here are used in the real world,” said Promotions Director Amanda Fernandez.
Coyote Radio specializes in local, unsigned bands with over 400 artists on the current playlist from San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego counties; music covers nearly all musical genres and styles.
Experimental pieces with lyrics have been performed in a spoken verbalization, reminiscent of poetry.
All music is screened for artistic quality; sexually, racially explicit, or profane content is interdicted.
Students interested in becoming a part of CSUSB’s national award winning radio program are recommended to volunteer and meet with the broadcast and marketing consultant, Lacey Kendall, in PL-31.
“I’m going to make sure it’s fun…I’m going to make sure it’s meaningful for you,” said Kendall.
Coyote Radio can be streamed live at radio.csusb.edu/ and the Coyote Radio app is available free for download at the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and Apple smartphones.