CMU's student-run TV station is state's best for seventh consecutive year
Central Michigan University students have taken top honors yet again in one of the state's most respected broadcasting contests. For the seventh year in a row, CMU's student-run television station, Moore Hall Television, has received the College Television Station of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The recognition is based on awards the station received in several MAB television competition categories, as well as a written report and video detailing the station's outreach efforts. Professional radio and television broadcasters from around the state judged the collegiate entries.
"It is a real honor to be selected for the Station of the Year Award," said School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Rick Sykes, adviser to CMU's "News Central 34" newscast. "The award recognizes the hard work of our students and affirms our commitment to preparing our students for a professional career in broadcasting."
During the association's annual College Broadcast Awards, students involved in MHTV and WMHW-FM Modern Rock 91.5, the university's student-run radio station, received a variety of honors.
Winners in the radio category included:
* Davisburg sophomore Lauren Pogue and Kentwood senior Melissa Limber who took first place in the Air Check category, which honors exceptional work in ensuring excellent on-air sound quality. Bad Axe senior Nikki Wencel received second place
* Novi senior Kelly McMann whose announcements for nonprofit organizations took first place in the Public Service Announcement category; she also tied for second place in the Promotional Announcement category and received an honorable mention in the Air Check category
* Waterford senior Cody Landry who tied with McMann for second place in the Promotional Announcement category for creating promotions for the station's variety of programs
* Greenville junior Matt Collins who received second place in the Station Activities Report category for his report detailing the station's accomplishments over the past year, including a focus on community service involvement.
"I am extremely proud of the students at the station, especially these award winners," said Jerry Henderson, WMHW's faculty director. "Their hard work and dedication to excellence is what makes recognitions like this for our station possible."
Winners in the television category included:
* Decker alumnus Jordan Glaza who received first place in the News Feature/Magazine Program category for a segment produced in an intermediate video production course
* Pinconning graduate student Aaron Jones who received first place in the Talk Show category, as well as honorable mention in the News Feature/Magazine Program category, for his work on the information/entertainment magazine program "Central View"
* Grand Rapids junior Mike Germond received first place in the Daily Newscast/Sportscast category and honorable mention in the Sports Play-by-Play category for an episode of the station's sports program "MHTV Sports Game of the Week"
* Canton alumnus Gregory Angel and Mount Pleasant graduate student Stacey Fogarty-Brown who took second place in the Daily Newscast/Sportscast category for their work producing the station's live nightly newscast, "News Central 34"
* Davison sophomore Daniel Durkin whose work on an episode of "MHTV Sports Game of the Week" received first place in the Sports Play-by-Play category
* Northville alumnus Devin Termini, Grand Rapids sophomore Michelle Tolodziecki and Corunna senior Clark Birchmeier whose team took first place in the Station Activities Report category for a special program showcasing the basic operations and activities of "News Central 34."
"We are very proud, once again, to have won multiple awards and, of course, the TV Station of the Year honors," said MHTV faculty adviser Kevin Corbett. "I, personally, am very proud that BCA students brought home five of the six first-place awards. As always, I am extremely pleased that the MAB has recognized the hard work and dedication of our students working within MHTV."
The recent MAB conference also marked another milestone for the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, as the association's first two Peter B. Orlik Scholarships were awarded to Mount Pleasant junior Andrew Papa and Durand sophomore Raymond Nelson. Each received a $1,000 scholarship from the fund, which was created in 2007 with a $25,000 gift from adjunct faculty member and Patrick Communications Chief Executive Officer Larry Patrick and a matching contribution from the MAB.
The scholarships, named at Patrick's request for CMU BCA director Orlik, honor students who demonstrate academic excellence, extensive involvement in BCA cocurricular activities and a commitment to the pursuit of a career in the broadcasting industry.
"It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition and a gratifying feeling to know that a pair of top students from the School of BCA will be receiving this financial assistance every year," said Orlik.
For more information about the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and its cocurricular organizations, visit www.bca.cmich.edu.