Radio promo by Western student receives first place award

CULLOWHEE – A radio promotional announcement produced by a Western Carolina University student has won national recognition from the Broadcast Education Association.

Will Candler, a junior majoring in electronic media, won first place in the public service announcement/commercial category in the association’s Festival of Media Arts. The competition is held each year at the annual convention in Las Vegas just before the National Association of Broadcasters Convention.

There were more than 600 entries in the category won by Candler, a 1999 graduate of T.C. Roberson High School and son of Bill Candler of Arden. The promo also won Best of Festival/King Foundation Award for best overall entry in any audio category, ranging from news and sports to public affairs.

The award will be presented at the BEA/National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas in April. The announcement Candler produced, “Distraction,” airs on WWCU Power 90.5, the university radio station.

Ten WCU communication students are attending this year’s convention along with Western faculty members.

The BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

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