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UCO Students Again Win Awards at State Broadcast Showcase

The Old North building with a sign that reads “Old North” in front of it.March 28, 2018

Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121,

UCO Students Again Win Awards at State Broadcast Showcase

The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored University of Central Oklahoma professional media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with Central students receiving 13 awards for student-produced radio and television broadcasts.

“We had another great showing, and we are proud of those who are being recognized,” 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 professional media students Travis Wilson and Lauren Zuniga of Oklahoma City finished first and second, respectively, in the “Radio Commercial” category with their submissions, “Listerine Pocket Mist” and “Lyric Theatre Academy.” Wilson and Zuniga also placed third in the “Radio Entertainment/Talk Show” category with their podcast, “Real Table Talk.”

In “Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA),” Mackenzie Ferguson of Edmond won first place with her PSA titled, “Stop Smoking.” In the “Radio Personality,” category, Jonathan Long of Manilla, Philippines, placed second for his performance on UCentral Radio.

In “Radio Promo” with their entries, “UCentral Radio Music Promo” and “97.7-Music from the 70s,” Travis Wilson and Madison Bolton of Oklahoma City placed second and third, respectively. In “Radio Sports Play-by-Play,” Jordan Belew of Edmond placed second with his entry, “UCO Bronchos vs. Missouri Central Football.”

In “TV Director,” under the direction of instructor Mark Scott, Andrew Zinn, from Guthrie, and Alex Adams, from Oklahoma City, won first place for their directing of “SoundCheck: Grant Adams.” Ryan Naeve, from Oklahoma City, placed third in “Feature News Story” with his entry, “Alan Hudson.”

Under the direction of instructor Desiree Hill, UCentral News placed first under the direction of Luke Overmyer, from Edmond, in “TV Newscast,” and Katelyn Ogle of Edmond won first place in the “TV Personality Talent Reel” category. Dylan Brown of Edmond placed third in “Hard News Story” with his entry, “Oklahoma Mental Health Cuts.”

Central junior mass communication and professional media student Vy Luong, of Vietnam, also won one of six 2017-18 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 230 entries. Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid, Woodward and Lawton media professionals judged the student productions.

Students will be presented with their awards at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcaster’s Annual Conference April 19-20 at the River Casino Resort in Tulsa.

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