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Muskingum University Student-Broadcasters Place First at National College Broadcasters, Inc. Competition

CBI plaqueMuskingum University’s WMCO placed first in the category of Best Public Service Announcement (PSA) at the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards. The award was presented at the 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in late October.

WMCO’s winning production, PSA – I Am, was produced by Lindsey Grafe ’16. Nationally, there were 900 entries for the production awards across 24 categories. PSA – I Am aims to promote the dangers of driving under the influence. “It’s something that people – especially young people – think will never happen to them,” said Grafe. “I thought up a way to
make it real, to make it something that could happen, where they can easily put themselves in both the victim’s and the driver’s shoes.”

Grafe attended the convention in 2015 and “came back inspired,” said Dr. Lisa Marshall, WMCO radio station manager and associate professor of communication. Grafe attended a wide variety of sessions, each providing useful information to use in her role as WMCO’s Promotions Director. Listening and seeing the winning pieces during the 2015 production awards, she was driven to produce a piece that would make 2016 attendees “think the same things I was thinking in that moment and hopefully inspire others along the way,” said Grafe.

Muskingum student broadcasters who attended the National Student Electronic Media Convention and accepted the award on behalf of WMCO were: Andrew Dunlap ’18 of Coshocton; Aaron Eno ’17 of New Concord; Ashley Glazer ’18 of New Philadelphia; Anna Kramig ’18 of Oxford; Rachel Schlarb ’18 of West Lafayette; and Zach Vinski ’18 of Claysville, PA.

CBI represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other related media and ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence. The convention provides sessions for teaching students and advisers about managing student media and producing effective content across broadcast mediums.