KTUH‘s Interim General Manager Wins National Award

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Sep 7, 2001

Lori Ann Saeki, Interim General Manager for KTUH, the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa radio station, has been named one of five winners in the second Scripps Howard Foundation "Most Valuable Staffer" broadcast competition. Any student-operated college or university radio or television station, either licensed for broadcast by the Federal Communications Commission or available campus- or community-wide via a closed circuit system, could nominate one staff member for the award.

As a winner, Saeki will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans in October for the awards presentation during the national College Media Advisers convention, co-sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers. KTUH will also receive a matching $5,000 grant.

"Scripps Howard Foundation is proud to recognize the accomplishments of these fine college broadcast staffers," said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the foundation, in a statement released by the organization, which sponsored the competition in cooperation with College Media Advisers. "Each exemplifies the dedication and talent needed to meet the unique challenges of working at campus radio and television stations."

Students nominated for the award were required to be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the college or university, were not required to be a journalism or communications major, and could work in any department of the nominating station. The nominated student must also be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the Fall 2001 semester, when the awards are made.

"I have been the radio station‘s advisor for three years, and I am looking forward to working with Lori because of her willingness to grow and to encourage that growth in others," said Jay Hartwell, UH Manoa Student Media Advisor. "There is no question that she has been KTUH‘s most valuable staffer."

KTUH recently increased its power from 100 to 3,000 watts with the installation of a new tower, antenna and transmitter. With the power increase, the station expects to reach a substantially larger audience with programming that is produced by student volunteers, who call the station Hawaiʻi‘s only alternative.

NOTE: A digital photo of Saeki is available upon request. Please call 956-5039 to request a digital photo via e-mail.