CSUSB students and staff won big at the Inland Empire Media Awards.
Coyote Radio won Best College Media Outlet of The Year.
Lacey Kendall of Coyote Radio and KCAL FM also took home the award for Media Talent of the Year.
Amanda Fernandez took home the award for Best Student Representative of The Year.
“I was really shocked that I won. I gave a short speech and got a little emotional because I was just so blown away and grateful,” said Fernandez, Coyote Radio Student Operations Manager.
The awards ceremony recognizes media professionals in the Inland Empire. Winners are selected based on their service to the industry and community.
In all, CSUSB students, staff, and programs were nominated in a total of 18 different categories.
“We have such impressive media talent among our students and staff, but even more so, that service and community are so important to them,” said Dr. Terry Ballman, dean of the College of Arts and Letters
“I was so nervous when I was waiting to hear who the winner of my category was,” siad Fernandez.
“It was the very first award announced, so I was extra nervous,” continued Fernandez.
Fernandez, 22, started at CSUSB as a freshman. While trying to gain exposure as a DJ she volunteered at Coyote Radio during her first quarter back in 2011.
Fernandez was the promotions director from 2013-2015 and this fall quarter she was promoted to student Operations Manager.
“I feel extremely proud that we won Best College Media Outlet of The Year! It has definitely been anhonor to work with such an awesome team,” said Cesar Perez, Coyote Radio Production Director.
Perez is the production director of Coyote Radio, where he shows students how to use the Adobe Audition software, how to record, edit, and manipulate audio.
He also helps Lacey Kendall with interviewing people around the community for her show, My Awesome Empire.
CSUSBs Local Matters news program was also a finalists in the category of Best College Media Outlet, but lost to Coyote Radio.
CSUSB staff member Jacob Poore of Corona was also named a finalists in the Media Professional of The Year category.
Poore is a former president of the American Advertising Federation and he is currently the manager of Coyote Advertising.
The Inland Empire Media Awards was held in Riverside on Thursday Oct. 15.
To view the full list of winners or for more information regarding the Inland Empire Media Awards visit aaf-inlandempire.com