Jackson State University student Kourtney Paige’s name was called six
times during the 26th Annual Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster Awards held April 23 at the Capital Towers Building in Jackson. Paige, who hosts shows on both the university’s public radio station (WJSU 88.5FM) and closed-circuit television station (JSUTV-22), won the following awards in the College/University category:
First Place - Best Radio Newscast; First Place - Best Radio Sportscast; First and Second Place - Best Radio News Story; Second Place - Best TV Newscast; and Third Place - Best Radio Feature Story.
“I was so excited that we placed,” said Paige, a senior Mass Communications major from Louise, Miss. “This was a team effort that included many people such as Gina Carter-Simmers, general manager of WJSU; Dale Morris, station engineer at WJSU; and Olorundare Aworuwa, interim chair of the Mass Communications Department. It was a thrill to accept the awards on behalf of all of them.”
Paige, who also received a $500 scholarship with his Best News Story award, said he produced all of his entries under the close guidance of Sunny Fridge, Ph.D, clinical assistant professor in the Mass Communications Department and L.A. Warren, community and public affairs producer at WJSU 88.5FM, for both of whom he has great respect.
“L.A. Warren is a colleague and a mentor just like Dr. Sunny Fridge. They trust my judgment and have given me the opportunity to strive for greatness. They are two incredible people and I put them both on very high pedestals. Also, JSU22, WJSU and Jackson State University have given me so much. I was proud to showcase our university at the awards and I will continue to do this even after I finish my degree. I will never forget to give back.”
Another Jackson State student, Maurice Richardson, also was honored during the ceremony, receiving the second place award for Best Radio Feature Story in the College/University category. In the Professional Radio category, WJSU 88.5FM won third place for Best Newscast (WJSU News Now Update at Five) and third place for Best Feature Story (For Colored Girls). For a complete listing of winners at the 2011 Mississippi Associated Press Broadcaster Awards visit http://www.ap.org/mississippi/Broadcast.html.