University of Minnesota Duluth
 
 
myUMD | Search | People | Departments | Events | News

 UMD News Releases

Associate Director of External Affairs | Cheryl Reitan | creitan@d.umn.edu | (218) 726-8996
UMD RSS Feed

June 28, 2011
Cheryl Reitan | Interim director | UMD Public Relations and Marketing | 218 726-8996 | creitan@d.umn.edu
Kirk Kersten | Chief engineer | UMD KUMD FM Radio | 218 726-7181 | kkersten@d.umn.edu


The Association of Minnesota Public Education Radio Stations Names Broadcaster of the Year

Kirk KerstenKirk Kersten
The Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (AMPERS) named UMD Chief Engineer of KUMD, Kirk Kersten, Broadcaster of the Year at the AMPERS annual meeting on June 17. Kersten has been with KUMD for over 25 years.

"Kirk is on-call 24 hours a day and is always willing to come back to the station whenever there is any mechanical issue," said KUMD station manager, Vicki Jacoba. "He often puts in 10-12 hour days to finish a project so his colleagues can complete their tasks to keep KUMD on the air with timely material. He researches the newest and most compatible equipment or systems that are cost effective, but of the highest quality, to keep repairs or replacements to a minimum. Our air quality is spectacular, and Kirk deserves full credit for the accomplishment."

In the last 18 months, Kersten has been responsible for the following upgrades to KUMD:

Installation of a new microwave system
Installation of an automation system
Installation of a web or phone remote monitoring system
Installation of a ripping computer for future scheduling of the music library
Completed networking of four computers: allowing staff to do production work from their offices, thereby freeing up the production studio

Additional Information

KUMD-FM (103.3 FM) is UMD's 95,000-watt public radio station. It was founded by students at UMD in 1957. The station primarily carries an adult alternative radio format, but also has a number of programs focusing on jazz, blues, and other genres. KUMD airs its college oriented programming after 9 pm CST, under the moniker, "The Basement." The station streams audio from its website, www.kumd.org.

AMPERS is a voluntary association of 12 independently licensed, locally responsive, community-based noncommercial radio stations with signals that cover nine-tenths of Minnesota's area and 92% of its population. The association presents one Broadcaster of the Year award annually. Station personnel are judged on the basis of programming, production, engineering, development, marketing, and community involvement.



UMD RSS Feed   2014: [ January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December ]
Archives of Previous Years: [ 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 ]




UMD External Affairs Team
To send information to Currents and to submit a listing to the Experts List or
to send major news stories for homepage features, news releases and UM Twin Cities Brief use umdnews@d.umn.edu


Gina Katzmark, Director of External Affairs, 218-726-6141, katzmark@d.umn.edu
Cheryl Reitan, Associate Director of External Affairs, 218-726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu
Betty Greene, Associate Administrator, 218-726-6140, bgreene@d.umn.edu
Brett Groehler, Director of Photography, 218-726-7115, bgroehle@d.umn.edu
Charlene Aaseng, Graphic & Multimedia Designer, 218-726-6858, caaseng@d.umn.edu
Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, Communication Associate, 218-726-7111, kmcquill@d.umn.edu
Lori Melton, Communication Associate, 218-726-8830, lmelton@d.umn.edu
Joel Youngblom, Web Development & Content Manager, 218-726-8798, jyoungbl@d.umn.edu


© 2014 University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Last modified on 06/28/11 02:43 PM
University of Minnesota Campuses
Crookston | Duluth | Morris
Rochester | Twin Cities | Other Locations