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UCO Students Win Big at State Broadcast Showcase

March 7, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored 16 University of Central Oklahoma Pro-Media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with UCO students receiving 19 awards for student-produced radio and television broadcasts.

“Our students won more awards collectively in this competition than I can ever remember in my 10 years at UCO, and for that, we all are very proud of them,” said David Nelson, Ed.D., professor of mass communication and OBEA representative for Central.

In the radio categories, under the direction of Nelson, Central’s ProMedia students swept two categories. In “Radio Personality,” Mike Ipong of Merced, Calif., Greg Chedester of Harrah, and Cameron Phillips of Edmond took first, second and third, respectively. In “Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA),” Ipong and Aimee Reece of Luther finished first, Allie Canoy of Bartlesville, second and Grace Holloway of Oklahoma City, third.

In the “Radio Commercial,” Ipong placed first with his entry, ”BTP Productions” and Trey Trowbridge of Knoxville, Tenn., placed second with his entry, ”BrylCreem.” Trowbridge and Ipong also finished first and second, respectively, in “Radio Promo” with their entries, “The Bear Metal” and “K-DON Radio Promo.”

In other radio categories, Ipong and Reece finished second in “Radio Entertainment/Informational” with their show, “Afternoon Delight,” while Amanda Worley of Seminole and Sydney Lane of Edmond finished third in “Radio Long Narrative” with their entry, “Murder in the Woods.”

In “TV Director,” under the direction of instructor Mark Scott, Rebecca Parks of Edmond placed second with her entry, “SoundCheck: Sammy Butler,” and in “Informational Video Television,” Parks joined Steffan Wood of Amarillo, Texas, to take first with their entry, “Wings.”

In other TV categories, Melissa Neel of Bartlesville took first and second place, respectively, in “Television Promo” and “Television PSA” with her entries, “UCO Arts and Design Promo” and “Shape the Future.” Tim Jobes, of Edmond, and Mandilyn Legaard, of Oklahoma City, finished third in “Television PSA” with their entry, “Oklahoma Humane Society.”

Under the direction of instructor Desiree Hill, Ryan Young of Owasso and Veronique Scurry of Oklahoma City placed third in “TV Newscast” with UCentral News.

In other TV categories, Ipong and Reece placed third with their entry, “Cup of Joe Quiz Show” in “Television Entertainment/Informational Video” and first in “Television Personality.” 

Central junior mass communications and broadcasting student Alyson Acklin of Yukon also won one of six 2014-15 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation Scholarships. The scholarships, worth $2,000, are open to broadcasting students throughout the state who demonstrate their work in the field as well as an active involvement on their campus.   

Twelve Oklahoma universities and colleges participated in the OBEA student competition, which generated nearly 220 entries. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton media professionals judged the student productions.

Students will be presented with their awards at the Oklahoma Broadcast Association’s Annual Conference March 27 at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City.

For more information, contact Nelson at 405-974-2584 or To learn more about Central’s Department of Mass Communication, visit