Professional Staff Award

Jacob McCleland, KRCU Radio Host/Producer

Monday, Dec. 05, 2011

Jacob McCleland, host and producer on KRCU Radio, Southeast Missouri State University’s National Public Radio (NPR) station, was honored with an Employee Recognition Award representing the administration/professional staff. His nomination represents the University’s priority of communication.

Dan Woods, general manager of KRCU Radio, nominated McCleland for the award. In his nomination, Woods wrote, “Southeast Missouri State University is lucky to have many dedicated employees who work hard every day to fulfill the mission of the institution, but most of them probably do not report to work as early as 5 a.m. to get the job done.”

McCleland hosts the “Morning Edition” program on KRCU. His responsibilities include preparing news reports, scheduling interviews and overseeing the production of a variety of public affairs programs.

“He does all this, despite the early hours, with grace, enthusiasm and sheer competence, but more importantly, he has greatly enhanced the reputation of the station and our University – both in the region and nationally,” Woods said.

Recently, NPR asked McCleland to cover regional news events for their national audience. Most recently, he was the correspondent on a story in Carmi, Ill., about oil recovery even though Carmi is in the region served by the NPR station at Southern Illinois University.

“Jacob’s story became the most listened to story on NPR that day, garnering more than 20,000 hits on the NPR Web site,” Woods said.

McCleland also has spearheaded programs which have received recognition from the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association, garnering the station the equivalent of three state-level Emmys, the first such awards received by KRCU in its 20-year history.

Individual Employee Recognition Award winners received an engraved plaque and a $500 gift certificate for either Chartwells Redbucks or merchandise in Southeast Bookstore, or a combination of both. In addition, their photographs will be displayed on a Staff Recognition wall located in the University Center.