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Radio-TV-film students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh continue to collect accolades for their work, representing the University at two recent regional competitions.

National Broadcast News Association

The six-state Northwest Broadcast News Association presented its journalism awards during the group’s annual convention on April 17 in Bloomington, Minn.

In the student category for radio general reporting, student radio station WRST garnered two Awards of Merit. One went to former WRST co-news director Colin Bennett for a piece on state funding to repair the Grand Opera House, which aired statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio.

The other award in this category went to current WRST co-news director Alex Smith for a piece on the effects of the recession, which he produced it as part of his coursework in the radio-TV news class.

In the student category for radio play by play, WRST Program Director Bryan Scholz and Sports Director Tyler Thrune took an Award of Merit for their call of the women’s volleyball tournament semifinal, with the Titans facing UW-Eau Claire. The segment was produced by former WRST station manager Chris Mueller, who is currently a radio broadcast intern with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

In the student category for radio sportscast, Thrune and student sportscaster B.J. DeGroot received the Award of Merit for a Monday-night edition of WRST’s weeknight “Sports Page” talk program.

Milwaukee Press Club

UW Oshkosh came away with three awards at the Milwaukee Press Club’s awards ceremony on April 24.

In the collegiate category for best news story in radio, Smith won a first-place award for his aforementioned segment on the effects of the recession.

In the collegiate category for best radio sports story, Mueller won a second-place award for his story on the Titan women’s volleyball team advancing to the semi-finals.

In the collegiate category for best TV feature story, De Groot, Mueller and Ian Segovia won a second-place award for a video profile they produced on former Titan basketball player Dane Seckar-Anderson, which aired on Titan TV. In addition to their sports work, DeGroot and Segovia manage WRST’s internet audio service.

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