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Radio-TV-Film students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh took home five of the student media awards presented by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association during the organization’s student media conference. Attending the March 5 conference in Middleton were 11 UW Oshkosh students, along with Justine Stokes and Randall Davidson, Radio-TV-Film faculty members.

In the category for long-form, non-news radio production, UW Oshkosh took first and second place honors. First place went to Mallory Jacobson for her essay on quitting smoking called “Kicking the Habit.” Second place went to Erik Schmeling for his piece “Cheese Days,” an audio portrait of an annual festival in Monroe, Wis. Both pieces were produced for the Advanced Radio Production class and aired over WRST-FM.

In the television category for promo/PSA/commercial, UW Oshkosh took first place with a promo produced by Joe Chitel, called “This is me…,” which promoted the student-produced Titan TV series “Tales from a College Dorm.”

In the television category for public affairs program, UW Oshkosh took second place for an episode of the program “Titan Tonight,” produced by the Multi-camera Studio Production class and aired on Titan TV. Those involved in the production included Kylie Hodges, Kari Cassidy, Nancy Moua, Devon Zerbe, Kyle Halter, Luke Anderson, Jake Verdugt, Lauren Werra, Jason Edwards, Tim Klassa, Devon Prideaux, Erik Schmeling, Joe Chitel, Kayde Fisher and Tyler Frodl.

In the category for radio sports play by play, UW Oshkosh took second place for the broadcast of a basketball game between UW Oshkosh and St. Norbert College. The broadcast team was WRST Program Director Tyler Thrune and WRST Sports Director B.J. DeGroot.

Also at the conference, UW Oshkosh student Katelyn Zima was honored with one of the four scholarships awarded annually by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Zima is currently the development director for both WRST and Titan TV, in charge of soliciting financial support for these student media organizations from area businesses. Her  expertise in this area led to the WBA scheduling her to lead one of the many workshops for students at the convention. This is believed to be the first time a student has ever led a WBA workshop.

UW Oshkosh has won 40 WBA awards since the student media competition was begun in 2004.

Randall Davidson, director of radio services, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.