Student broadcaster wins national radio award

Kyle McCurry

Kyle McCurry

A Western Carolina University student will receive a national award for radio production work from the Broadcast Education Association Convention Festival of Media Arts to be held Las Vegas.

Kyle McCurry, a WCU graduate student, won first place for his submission “The Interview Series,” a sequence of interviews McCurry conducted with classic rock legends. Some of the well-known musicians he interviewed included Ian Gillian of Deep Purple, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Ottis Williams of the Temptations, Charlie Daniels, Huey Lewis, James Young of Styx, and many others.

The interviews aired on the university’s radio station WWCU-FM.

The award will be presented Friday, April 18, by the Broadcast Education Association as a part of its Media Arts Festival, a juried national competition held in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention.

McCurry is the son of Timothy and Pamela McCurry and graduated from North Buncombe High School in Weaverville. “I’m just happy to let the listeners know that these musicians are still releasing music,” said McCurry.

This marks the fourth time a WCU student has won a national award in the competition.

The BEA is a professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to broadcasting and multimedia enterprises. Sixteen WCU broadcasting students will attend the National Association of Broadcasters Convention with Padraig Acheson, director of studio operations at WCU, and Don Connelly, head of WCU’s department of communication.

WWCU-FM (Power 90.5) is the broadcast service of Western Carolina University and serves the Jackson and Haywood county region. The station also can be heard online at

For more information about the broadcasting program at Western, contact Connelly at (828) 227-3851.