Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship
The Gene Shay Scholarship Committee has chosen the 2019 recipient of the Folk DJ Scholarship in partnership with Folk Alliance International.
This year’s recipient, Jalila Arthur, a young broadcaster from KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been selected to receive the Folk DJ Scholarship award.
The Scholarship Committee reviewed Jalila’s aircheck, playlist and mission statement and chose her from a strong and large pool of applicants. The Committee was highly impressed with her background, and delighted she will attend this year to continue the legacy of Gene Shay’s broadcast career in Philadelphia.
Jalila recently received her Masters in Public Administration and has been on the air since high school playing music, interviewing guests and supporting the mission of broadcasting. “as an avid radio listener, I felt naturally drawn to my university station: KUNM-FM. I am now a graduate of the University of New Mexico, a volunteer at KUNM, and the current coordinator and youngest member of the station’s folk collective. I host two shows, Folk Routes and Ear to the Ground.”
The Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship includes FAI conference registration, hotel for four nights, travel compensation up to $500, and more.
The scholarship, determined by a committee comprised of radio veterans and music industry executives, is awarded on an annual basis. The current committee is Ellen Stanley, Co-Chair (KFAI – Minneapolis, MN), William (Biff) Kennedy, Co-Chair (CharterHouse Music Group – Philadelphia, PA), Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM Radio – USA and Canada), Diane Hunt (KBOO Portland, OR), Bud Johnson (Acoustic Accents – Syndicated – Homer, AK), and Jon Farmer (Georgian Bay Roots Studio – Ontario, Canada) working in tandem with FAI staff.