Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Recognizes KCC Alumni for “Best Specialty Show” and “Best Program Director” at WKRB Radio Station

Rob Herklotz, Elissa Nieves, Lamark Plaskett, and Dr. Cliff Hesse (WRKB 90.3FM) Kingsborough Community College

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) awarded national recognitions to two Kingsborough Community College (KCC) alumni for their outstanding work at 90.3FM WKRB. The announcement was made at the annual IBS Conference in early March.

Lamark Plaskett, a 2016 Media Arts graduate was a finalist for Best Specialty Show, “The Fresh Movement”. Elissa Nieves, a 2006 Broadcasting & Technology Management major was named Best Program Director. Their submissions were among College and High School proposals nationwide.

“These are two of the best and brightest stars in our WKRB family,” said Station Manager Rob Herklotz. “They each epitomize what we hold valuable in terms of a job well done; we are proud of their accomplishments, and look forward to greater successes from them both.”

Formerly Vice President of the WKRB Club, Lamark’s show can still be heard at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays at Brooklyn College’s WBCR radio station. Elissa, currently a Senior College Lab Technician at KCC, assists with Radio and Television classes, trains new radio station members, oversees programming, and supports day-to-day operations at WKRB.

“Radio holds a unique place in the world of broadcast media,” said Media Arts Prof. Cliff Hesse. “Our program provides more than a hands-on experience; it also gives our students the confidence and the ability to manage all aspects of news preparation and delivery. Recognition from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System tells us that we are doing the right thing.”

“The proliferation of electronic media has caused a shift in traditional broadcasting,” said Communications & Performing Arts Department Chair Dr. Gordon Young. “Whether in front of a microphone, behind a camera, or with pen in hand, a career in media provides an exciting opportunity for our students to learn, as well as to teach their audiences. Lamark and Elissa exemplify this and are great role models for our Media Arts program, and great representatives for Kingsborough.”

About 90.3FM/WKRB

Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, WKRB is a Class-D Noncommercial, Educational Radio Station broadcasting at 10-watts in stereo on 90.3MHz. WKRB, which has the potential to reach nearly 1.5 million people throughout the southern portion of Brooklyn, has been broadcasting since 1978. Initially on the frequency 90.9 FM, WKRB moved to the frequency 90.3 FM in 2006. WKRB streams at www.wkrb.org, and can also be accessed through the free TuneIn.com radio app, and the KCC mobile app.

About the Media Arts Program at Kingsborough

The Associate degree in Media Arts prepares students for immediate entry into media, broadcasting and its allied fields, or to transfer to many outstanding four-year programs with various specializations. Students can focus on studio operations, television, recording, radio, or media performance.

 About Kingsborough Community College  

At Kingsborough, the community comes first, and as Brooklyn’s only community college, we promote student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving a highly diverse borough. Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into the workforce. Serving approximately 12,000 full- and part-time students annually in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education, Kingsborough serves an additional 20,000 students in its expanding continuing education and workforce development programs on- and off-campus.

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Dawn Walker (718) 368-5060 / (917) 588-6305