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WMUL STUDENTS WIN AWARDS

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Students from Marshall University's radio station WMUL have once again have something to brag about as they received a number of awards in March.

Students at the station received two grand prize awards and 16 honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho 22nd Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 50th Annual Audio/Video Production Awards Competition ceremony in the Washington, D.C., area on March 23.

Graduate student station manager Leanndra Carey received three awards at the organization's Professional Audio/Video Production Competition. The professional competition is for faculty, general professionals and graduate students. The awards were given at a separate ceremony on March 21. Carey won first place awards for her work on an edition of "Newscenter 88," an episode of "Conference USA Report," and "Men's Basketball Conference USA Outlook." The entries were in the category of "Audio News, Sports, and Public Affairs."

"One of the award winning entries for a segment of the Conference USA report," said Carey, a second-year graduate student from Wellsburg, W.Va. "It's a kind of a comedy sports show. It was the 'Cartoon Edition' which talked about a match up between the University of Houston and UCLA. ... I was able express a lot of information and explain concepts to people who don't follow sports all the time and keep it interesting while moving quickly."

Carey has been with Marshall University for six years and is planning on receiving her master's degree with a certificate in strategic communications in May.

"This marks the fifth straight year that a Marshall graduate student has won at least one first place award in the professional competition sponsored by the National Broadcasting Society," Chuck Bailey, a radio-television professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said in a press release. "Leannda Carey has excelled in her news and sports reporting regardless of the level of her competition."

The undergraduate students received two grand prize awards for Audio Sports Program received by "The Racer's Edge" and Audio Comedy Program received for "The Patrick and Alex Radio Special." The Racer's Edge is an hourlong news magazine hosted by Kyle Gibson and Joshua Rose. "The Patrick and Alex Radio Special" was hosted by Patrick Webb, a graduate from Huntington, and Alex Constantino, a recent graduate from Parkersburg.

In addition to winning an award, "The Racer's Edge" is the first program from WMUL to become syndicated airing on 90.7 WFGH in Fort Gay and WVKM 106.7 in Matewan . It also airs on Armstrong Cable channels 39 and 204. The show is a news/talk show dedicated to Auto Racing. It airs on WMUL at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Other stations took interest in the show after Rose started an internship at WFGH.

"We cover a variety of motor sports: NASCAR, Indycar, super cross, Formula 1, and NHRA. We're also hoping once the local racing starts to pick up we'll start to get results from tracks in the local area. We have race news, opinions, and predictions," Rose, a junior from Onley, Md., said. "The episode that won the award told the story of how this show came to be. It also covered the NASCAR cup race from Loudon."

"Like NASCAR the show is a team effort. Its not just me its also Kyle Gibson, its Marcus Constantino, and Ashley Killingsworth. It feels like we won the Daytona 500," Rose said.

"Another episode of 'Racer's Edge' was a finalist in the Audio Sports Category," Bailey said. "So he didn't just beat the other schools, he beat himself."

Rose also won honorable mention awards for "Pi Day" and Audio News Package that aired on March 14. "The story was about a game where teachers let students hit them with whipped cream pies if students answered math questions correctly." Rose said. "It's perhaps my favorite package I've put together here at Marshall. The event started rat 2 p.m. and I started working on it 3. I managed to write, edit, and put it together in time for the 5 p.m. news."

National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has more than 1,500 student and professional members and has chapters on 88 college campuses. The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943, and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media. Past and present members of the society number more than 50,000. Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Chapters.

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