UNK students take first place in state broadcasting contest

KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney students won first place in two categories during the Nebraska Broadcasters Association’s annual Pinnacle Awards competition.

Presented Aug. 9 in Omaha, the awards recognize and encourage excellence in broadcasting and service to the community by Nebraska radio and television stations.

Competing in the college division, UNK took top honors for best live sports event in radio and best news feature in television.

Traeton Harimon and Alex Hammeke received the radio recognition for their broadcast of the Feb. 9 women’s basketball game against Central Missouri. Harimon is a senior from Bayard studying sports communication with a media production minor and Hammeke is a senior from Ellinwood, Kansas, studying sports communication with a sound recording technology minor. Both students are part of the campus radio station, KLPR 91.1 FM.

Harimon also received a Nebraska Broadcasters Association scholarship.

In television, Grace McDonald earned a gold award for “One Last Chime,” a feature on Don Swem and his final trip to UNK to inspect and clean the Bell Tower before retirement. A Rockville native, McDonald graduated from UNK in May with bachelor’s degrees in multimedia and journalism. She currently works for KOLN/KGIN 10/11 News in Lincoln.