Radio broadcasting students from Penninsula High School placed first in Team Newscast category. Instructor Leland Smith is on far right.
Radio broadcasting students from Penninsula High School placed first in Team Newscast category. Instructor Leland Smith is on far right.

When Old Man Winter stops his whining, Spring arrives with the promise of youth. What a perfect time to honor the efforts of high school kids as they grow into the wild and wonderful world of Radio!

For the second year running, Leland Smith and radio station KGHP-FM from Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor organized and hosted the Washington State High School Radio Conference and Awards extravaganza this past May 14th. Attended by nearly 200 radio broadcasting students from all over Washington State, the conference offered guest speakers and breakout sessions taught by communications industry professionals. Awards included Best Locally Produced Public Service Announcement, Best Public Affairs Series, Best Individual Newscast, Best News Feature, Best Team Newscast, Best Sportscast and more. BSW is proud to be a sponsor of this event, and we gave away headphones as prizes to the deserving award winners. It was thrilling to see so much youthful exuberance devoted to our industry, and we were especially happy to see one of our customers, Nathan Hale High School’s KNHC-FM, once again receive the General Excellence award. After spending the evening with such high energy kids, it is easy to see that the tired old cliche “Radio is dying” is just a bunch of cold winter air.

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