Mendota Heights, MN (Vocus) October 13, 2009
The best and brightest of the Minnesota broadcast community came together this past Saturday to honor the 2009 inductees of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Among the inductees was long-time Brown College broadcast faculty member Mike Kronforst, who received the Distinguished Service Award.
"I am really grateful to those who submitted my name in nomination for the Hall of Fame," said Kronforst. "Someone from the museum told me that they received letters from all over the country on my behalf. That's pretty humbling."
Each year, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the broadcast industry on and off the airwaves. Kronforst, a 1964 Brown College graduate, is in his 38th year of teaching at Brown College. He demonstrates continued dedication to the education and development of up-and-coming professionals in the Minnesota broadcast industry. Throughout his time at Brown College, Kronforst has continued to progress as an educator, as well as a broadcast professional. He began teaching at Brown in 1972 and devoted his weekends to working at KEEY-FM radio in the Twin Cities and spent four years at KMSP-TV as weatherman. Over the years, he has also taken on the role of academic advising and for 18 years headed up the broadcasting placement office which has assisted students find employment in radio and television all across the United States. In 2002, Kronforst was presented The Rockwell Award by radio's Conclave Learning Conference for his contributions to the Conclave and radio.
"Mike Kronforst is an outstanding professional and we are lucky to have him on staff at Brown College," said Dr. William Cowan, president of Brown College. "His passion and commitment to broadcasting shines through his teaching and has inspired generations of broadcasting students."
Located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, the museum created the Hall of Fame in 2001 in an effort to preserve and promote the best of Minnesota's broadcast industry. In order to qualify as an inductee, an individual must have at least 20 years of broadcast experience and have made significant contributions to the people of Minnesota. A panel of museum board of directors and current Hall of Fame members are assembled each year to determine the inductees and the distinguished service award recipient.
Following the ceremony, a digital plaque and video tribute to Kronforst will be on display in the museum. For more information on the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, please visit: http://www.museumofbroadcasting.org
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Brown has been training and graduating students in technology, design, and broadcast fields for more than 60 years. Brown College offers programs in criminal justice, broadcasting, business management, design, and technology. Founded in 1946, Brown College provides students with the knowledge, technical skills and hands-on training needed to succeed in fields such as network and software development, game design and development, graphic design, radio broadcasting, television production, digital media, criminal justice, interior design, and business management. Brown College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Brown College does not guarantee employment or salary. For more information visit http://www.browncollege.edu.