KALA-FM launches new scholarship for St. Ambrose students

KALA-FM launches new scholarship for St. Ambrose students

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KALA) – KALA-FM is proud to announce a new scholarship available to all current and incoming St. Ambrose students.

This is an opportunity for students to finance their education while getting hands-on learning in broadcasting, marketing and communications, or content production.

There are three scholarships open to students currently enrolled at St. Ambrose University and two scholarships open to incoming first-year or transfer students. Each student will be award $3,000 and is required to take on a role at the radio station during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found by visiting these links:
KALA-FM Scholarship Current Students | Application
KALA-FM Scholarship Incoming/Transfer Students | Application

In previous years, KALA-FM offered a Senior Internship to SAU students of senior class status during their final two semesters at the school. At this time, KALA has suspended that program so it can focus on this new scholarship which allows more students the opportunity for financial assistance and take on an important role within KALA-FM.

SAU Communication students finalists for 2020 IBS awards

SAU Communication students finalists for 2020 IBS awards

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KALA) – Three St. Ambrose students are being recognized for their hard work in broadcasting.

Seniors Sharon Adasme and Brad Burton, and sophomore Logan Howell are finalists for awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. Every year, the organization recognizes high school and college students producing exceptional work in audio and television categories. Student-aired content from 2019 was eligible for submission. Thousands of schools submit entries each year.

Adasme is a finalist in the category “Best Newscast” for her Nov. 5, 2019, radio newscast, “KALA News Today,” which featured coverage of Davenport’s mayoral race. The twice-weekly show aired at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on KALA 88.5 FM during the fall semester of the 2019-2020 school year.

Burton and Howell are finalists in the category “Best Sports Interview” for their conversation with guest John Cloghessy on their weekly sports talk show “Unsportsmanlike Conduct.” Cloghessy, who is a graduate of St. Ambrose University, spoke about his time in sports broadcasting, including a stint as a play-by-play host for Hawkeye Football. “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” airs on KALA HD-2 106.1 FM every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

KALA Operations Manager David Baker oversees the work students produce on a day-to-day basis and excited to see their work recognized.

“We are exceptionally proud of all of our students who work in our digital media production outlets,” Baker said. “The nominated students have been recognized at a national level, which says a great deal about the quality of their work.”

The last St. Ambrose student to be an IBS award finalist was Mitchell Widmeier in 2015.

The IBS will announce this year’s winners at its 2020 conference in March.

KALA launches bi-weekly newscast

KALA launches bi-weekly newscast

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KALA) – Quad Citians can now get the latest news of the day – twice a week – on KALA 88.5FM.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, KALA radio launched a new bi-weekly newscast. “KALA News Today” airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on 88.5FM at 11:00 a.m. when classes are in session on the St. Ambrose University campus. The short newscast cuts into regular programming to bring listeners the latest news and sports stories of the day.

The show is hosted by SAU seniors Sharon Adasme and Carter Foley. The two currently serve as student interns at KALA radio.