PALM DESERT, Calif. — A monthly radio show created by four Cal State San Bernardino College of Arts and Letters alumni has been honored with the Best of the West Media Award in the “Locally Produced Show of the Year” category by the Western Region of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
The “Education Insight” radio show and podcast focuses on education issues and progress in the Inland Empire, and is produced by Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) in partnership with KVCR 91.9 FM.
The show’s four-member production team, all of whom earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees from CSUSB and met at Coyote Radio and Paws Radio, CSUSB’s two campus radio stations, consists of Jake Poore , executive producer; Tyler Veazey, production engineer; Alyssa Silva, chief production assistant; and CSUSB communications facilitator, consultant and speaker, Lacey Kendall.
The Best of the West Media Awards recognize individuals or companies that exemplify excellence in service to their communities and the media industry.
“‘Education Insight’ guests included lawmakers and experts from Washington, D.C. to the Inland Empire, and programs focused on the value of early childhood education, equity and diversity in inland schools, the importance of family engagement, adult learning, the value of a college degree and discipline in inland schools, among others,” said Poore, who is also Director of Communications at GIA.”Alyssa was already hosting a CSUSB radio and podcast show called ‘Educated’ and Tyler was creating some awesome audio productions. We knew right away that this was a team that could create something that really mattered.” .
Silva and Veazey started working on the team immediately after graduating.
“I never dreamed that the podcast I created as a student at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus would help me step straight into a position with GIA, creating an award-winning radio show,” Silva said.
“CSUSB is not just a place where you can become a great sound engineer, you can connect with people and find yourself producing an NPR show like this,” Veazey said.
“We intend to be a team for a long time,” Kendall said. “There are no shows like this, so our goal is to expand it to other California markets as well.”
Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) is a regional K-16 educational collaboration that strives to achieve educational and economic equity in the Inland Empire.
“Education Insight” airs the first week of each month on NPR’s affiliate and partner station, KVCR 91.9, followed by broadcasts on multiple podcast mediums.
Visit the Growing Inland Achievement website for more information.