Above: Don Connelly (left), director of Western Carolina University’s broadcasting program, receives the “Award of Excellence” in the faculty audio competition from the Troy Hunt of College of Eastern Utah (right).
A Western Carolina University faculty member and one of his students received national awards for radio production work at the Broadcast Education Association Convention Festival of Media Arts held recently in Las Vegas.
Joe Mullins, a senior majoring in broadcasting, won third place for his radio promotional announcement submitted as a part of the association’s Media Arts Festival, a juried national competition held in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention.
Mullins created the announcement to promote his weekly show “Audio Illusions” on the university’s radio station WWCU-FM. The weekly show is a mix of Christian rock hits that airs Wednesday evenings from 10 p.m. until midnight.
“Joe is a very talented student and has a good feel for what it takes to create professional-level work,” said Don Connelly, director of WCU’s broadcasting program. “The first time I saw the script I knew he had a potential winner on his hands.”
Mullins is the son of Danny and Eddna Mullins of Denver, N.C., and graduated from East Lincoln High School in Denver. This marks the third time a WCU student has won a national award in the competition. Previous winners have included Will Candler in 2004 and Nick Nichols in 2006.
The BEA is a professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to broadcasting and multimedia enterprises.
Connelly received the “Award of Excellence” in the faculty audio competition for a radio promotional announcement he wrote and produced for WWCU about radio reception in the Great Smoky Mountains. The light-hearted announcement features Stephen Ayers, WCU associate professor of theatre arts, as the voice of “Mr. Radio.”
This is the fourth time since 2002 Connelly has been honored for his work.
Ten other WCU broadcasting students attended the National Association of Broadcasters Convention with Mullins and Connelly.
WWCU-FM (Power 90.5) is the broadcast service of Western Carolina University and serves the Jackson and Haywood county region.