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Biz Buzz (Nov. 17, 2008)

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS Spotlight on... Name: Vicki Jacoba of Duluth. Company: KUMD-FM 103.3 radio station. Hired as: Station manager. Background: Jacoba earned a master's degree in communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. For the...

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HIRES AND PROMOTIONS

Spotlight on...

Name: Vicki Jacoba of Duluth.

Company: KUMD-FM 103.3 radio station.

Hired as: Station manager.

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Background: Jacoba earned a master's degree in communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. For the past 13 years she was a consultant and station manager at KIWR-FM in Council Bluffs, Iowa. While at KIWR, Jacoba served as department chairwoman of electronic media studies at Iowa Western Community College and taught broadcasting courses in performance, sales and management, copy writing and programming. Before that she was an electronic media studies instructor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

What do you attribute KUMD's success to? "Our success at KUMD-FM will definitely lie in tying the needs of the Duluth-area community to the programming we provide. It is extremely important to understand the impact a community radio station has on its listeners, and that in radio, real success comes from broadcasting in the public interest and caring about the community as whole."

* KUMD also announced Maija Morton was named program director and Ira Salmela was named director of development and public relations.

Morton is an Iron Range native and received her bachelor's degree in art history and studio arts from the University of Minnesota and her master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining KUMD's staff, she spent two years at UW-Madison teaching in the journalism department and working as a producer of "Here on Earth," a Wisconsin Public Radio show. Before that, she worked as a news reporter, anchor and community volunteer at KFAI community radio in Minneapolis.

Salmela, a native of Finland, earned a master's degree in communication from UWS. She previously was the public relations assistant for UMD's University Relations and over the last year coordinated media relations and marketing efforts for FinnFest 2008 and the 2008 NCAA Women's Frozen Four events. From 2003-06, Salmela was an assistant coach for UMD's women's hockey team and from 1999 to 2003 she was the sports information director/video coordinator. During her time with the Bulldogs, Salmela also served as a freelancer for Radio Finland at the Finnish Broadcasting Co. and was involved with the past two Winter Olympics; first as an Olympic News Service reporter in 2002 and then as a chief of athlete services in 2006.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

* Kristina Erickson of Esko received an Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers award from lia sophia, a jewelry-selling business. The award recognizes new employees for outstanding sales and accomplishments. Erickson has been an independent sales representative with the company for 15 weeks.

Biz Buzz is a collection of business news tidbits from around the region. Send your business openings or closings, personnel changes or other news of interest in the business community to Biz Buzz, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802, e-mail biz@duluthnews.com , or fax 720-4120.

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