Western Carolina University seniors Tyler Sellers and Aaron D’Innocenzi have been recognized by the Broadcast Education Association for their outstanding on-air work through the university’s radio station, WWCU-FM Power 90.5.
The BEA is a professional organization for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia. It currently has 275 colleges, university departments and schools as institutional members.
Sellers and D’Innocenzi took third place in the “best air personality” college radio category. They were competing with more than 650 student entries. D’Innocenzi also received third place in the “best public service announcement/commercial” category for a WWCU-FM new sound promo, which originally aired last winter.
Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., Sellers and D’Innocenzi host their program “T & A in the Afternoon” on WWCU.
“I just started messing around and now I may have actually found my career,” said Sellers, a native of Charlotte and the son of Roger and Ann Sellers. He graduated from Olympic High School in 2006.
“Winning this award truly is an honor,” said D’Innocenzi, whose on-air name is Aaron Michael. “Being recognized nationally is one of the best things I could ask for in my career, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings.” D’Innocenzi is a native of Black Mountain and is a 2006 graduate of Owen High School. He is the son of John and Lisa D’Innocenzi.
Sellers and D’Innocenzi are both communication majors on target to graduate in May.
The two were scheduled to accept their awards on Friday, April 16, in Las Vegas during the BEA national convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. They also conducted a live broadcast of “T & A in the Afternoon” from the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 14.