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Source: Steve Smethers, 785-532-5286,

Friday, May 1, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Several Kansas State University students have been selected for management positions with student radio station KSDB-FM.

Luke Wempe, a junior in broadcast journalism and public relations, Lawrence, was selected program director for the 2009-2010 school year. Wempe served as the station's news director this year, and he previously served on the station's sports staff. Wempe was on the staff of the Crusader student newspaper while a student at Seward County Community College in Liberal, and he worked part time at radio stations KLWN and KLZR when he attended Lawrence High School. As program director, Wempe will be responsible for daily program and technical operations.

Paul Ibbetson, a graduate student in sociology, Manhattan, was named program director for the 2009 summer term. Ibbetson, who has a master's degree from Wichita State University, has worked at KSDB-FM for the past year as host of the weekly talk show "Conscience of Kansas," which won first place in the entertainment program category of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' student awards competition.

Sam Dodge, a sophomore in business administration, Prairie Village, will serve his second consecutive school year as the station's sales manager. Dodge is a military veteran and served a tour of duty in Iraq before coming to K-State in fall 2008. Dodge supervises the sale of underwriting support for KSDB programming, and he coordinates the sales aspect of station promotions.

Kristin Russell, a graduating senior in English and mass communications, St. John, will become KSDB station manager this summer. Russell will enter K-State's master's program in journalism and mass communications in the fall.

KSDB-FM is entering its 60th year of continuous operation in the fall, and serves the Manhattan-Junction City-Fort Riley area with a schedule of alternative rock and urban music, news, sports, and talk programming.