Students from Cal State Long Beach’s KBEACH radio station won two Golden Mic Awards at this year’s Radio and Television News Association’s dinner, an awards show honoring Southern California’s best in all radio and TV news.
Miz Lowe and Christian Wiseman won Best Public Affairs Radio Program – Division B for their co-production “Life Behind The Badge: What You Don’t Know About Being A Cop.”
“Honestly, I thought I was dreaming,” said Lowe, international studies major and host of the KBEACH radio broadcast, when she found out she had won the award. “It felt surreal.”
The duo’s broadcast took an in-depth look at what the life of a police officer is really like. The broadcast included interviews with police from Cal State Long Beach and as far away as Dallas, as well as people who are not fond of police officers.
“Life Behind The Badge” covered a controversial topic in hopes of debunking the bad reputation police departments nationwide have acquired as a result of certain media coverage, according to Lowe.
“The format of the show is thinking beyond your own consciousness. I hope I provoke people to think,” Lowe said.
Wiseman was unavailable for comment on short notice.
According to Danny Lemos, KBEACH faculty media adviser, judges at the ceremony called Lowe’s program “topical and well done with an engaging host.”