RSU Communications Students Receive Broadcasting Awards

Several communications majors at Rogers State University received honors at the 20th Annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association’s Student Competition held recently at the University of Oklahoma.

RSU communications sophomore Gary Webb, from Verdigris, received first place in radio magazine/talk category for an interview he conducted with Rob Zombie.

Communications seniors Tip Crowley, from Tulsa, and Kyle Olson, from Owasso, received third place for their entry in the television entertainment short category titled “Zeros,” a parody of the television program “Heroes.” Communications junior Mark Lane, from Kibler, Ark., also received third place for his radio promotional spot titled “Free Association with Mark Lane.”

RSU competed against 10 other Oklahoma colleges and universities with a total of 78 awards in 11 radio and 15 television categories.

An awards presentation and luncheon will be held on April 9 at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman.

Mark Lane, Kyle Olson and communications junior Erica Taylor, from Houston, have applied for scholarships from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, which will be announced later this month and presented at the event. Each scholarship carries a value of $2,000 and is named after a former Oklahoma broadcaster.

In addition, Cathy Coomer, RSU assistant professor and general manager of RSU Radio, will be recognized as the 2010 Lisa John Educational Foundation Fellowship recipient during the event. As part of the fellowship, Coomer will work with the Cox Radio Network during the summer. The fellowship is sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

For more information on RSU’s communications program, call (918) 343-7740.