Cal Poly Journalism Department Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Four new members will be inducted into the Journalism Department Mustang Media Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Cal Poly.
The 2018 inductees are music industry executive Bruce Flohr, advancement professional Susan Houghton, political consultant and KCRA-TV analyst Kevin Riggs, and former KCPR faculty adviser and broadcaster Ed J. Zuchelli.
This year’s inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame and KCPR Through the Decades Gala, part of a weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cal Poly’s student radio station, KCPR-FM. The gala will take place on campus at the Multi-Activity Center, starting with a 5 p.m. reception. Dinner and program will follow at 6 p.m.
All of new inductees have ties to KCPR:
• Flohr has stated that his music business career would not have been possible without KCPR. While still a broadcast journalism student, Flohr was hired at RCA to lead the alternative radio promotion department. From there he worked his way up to senior vice president of A&R, signing bands such as Dave Matthews Band and Foo Fighters. In 2002, he joined Red Light Management and helped build one of the biggest management companies in the business, managing artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Allen Stone. Flohr is also a founding partner of Greenlight Media as well as a frequent speaker at conferences and universities around the world.
• Houghton has more than 30 years of experience in public affairs, corporate communications and philanthropy. The former Mustang Daily reporter and public affairs director/ reporter at KCPR started her career as a journalist at KSBY-TV, KFSN-TV and KMGX-FM and later served in leadership and managerial roles at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, Cal State Bakersfield, Allan Hancock College, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Safeway and Contel. She has personally founded three nonprofit organizations. One, Sunflower Hill, is developing vocational options and residential communities for individuals with special needs. It was named Nonprofit of the Year in 2017.
• An award-winning television news anchor and reporter for 40 years, Riggs has covered the major local, state and national stories of the day, including the Columbine shooting, Oklahoma City bombing and the highly contested 2000 U.S. presidential election. The Emmy-winning political journalist got his start as a journalism student producing news for KCPR. He now leads strategic communication efforts for statewide political campaigns, businesses and nonprofits as senior vice president at Randle Communications in Sacramento. True to his journalistic roots, he also delivers regular political analysis, The Riggs Report, for KCRA-TV in California’s capital.
• As faculty adviser to KCPR from 1969 to 1986, Zuchelli helped the fledgling 1.7-watt radio lab mature into a 2,000-watt, 24-hour news and music station. A lifelong sports enthusiast, “Zuke” also was known as the voice of Cal Poly football and basketball in the 1970s. The World War II veteran and veteran broadcaster also served on the city council in Santa Maria, where he was instrumental in securing the license for the city’s television station, KCOY.
The Journalism Department Mustang Media Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the student media organizations in the Journalism Department, distinguished themselves professionally or demonstrated social responsibility in giving back to their profession, community or Cal Poly.
Tickets for the gala are available online.
More information on the Hall of Fame inductees and KCPR anniversary celebration is available through the Journalism Department, at (805) 756-2508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Cal Poly Journalism Department
Cal Poly’s Journalism Department offers a professional program that prepares students for real-world careers. Beginning with core courses that establish a strong foundation in the field, journalism majors then focus on media specializations of their choice. Students have the opportunity to acquire practical experience by working for Mustang Media Group — Cal Poly's student-run media organization, consisting of Mustang News online, in print and on social media; campus television station CPTV; radio station KCPR-FM; Central Coast PRspectives public relations agency; and business operations of Mustang News. For more information, visit https://journalism.calpoly.edu/.
Contact: Mary Glick
August 13, 2018