KJHK, Kansas University's student radio station, was named the No. 1 college station in the country during the weekend at a national competition.
The KU station beat out more than 200 other college radio stations at the National Association of College Broadcasters competition at Brown University in Providence, R.I., said Ann Peck, graduate teaching assistant at KJHK.
KJHK was ranked first in programming and community service and was named station of the year. Two of its staff members Tim Mensendiek, faculty adviser, and Tricia Kensinger, station manager also took first place in their categories.
The station ranked second in promotion and marketing and won $2,500 in the competition. Peck attributed KJHK's success in the contest to its emphasis on news and sports broadcasts as well as music.
For the competition, KJHK submitted a 100-page scrapbook, including a description of the station's inner workings and an audio reel of broadcasts.
Peck said she expected the amount of mail the station receives from record companies to increase dramatically because of the ranking. The No. 1 ranking also would be useful if KJHK applies to increase the range of its broadcast signal, she said.
"We're on the map now," she said.