A winning tradition in audio production
Communication students at Appalachian State University have a history of winning national honors in audio production at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.
This month, four students continued the tradition by picking up their latest awards at the BEA event held in Las Vegas April 7-10: an Audio Best of the Festival Award, and first, second and third place honors in the Educational Program (Documentary) category.
This is the seventh consecutive year Appalachian students have won the BEA audio awards and the second year that an Appalachian student has won Audio Best of Festival award.
Also, this year is reportedly the first time in BEA history that a single school in any category has earned all three places as well as taken Best of Festival.
Jessica E. Paratore, Christian Taylor, Paul K. Shaver and Grant T. Elder are seniors majoring in communication/electronic media broadcasting. Their award-winning projects were created in an audio production class taught by Steve Smith, a lecturer in the Department of Communication.
"We've had 26 BEA student awards since 2007, including nine first-place awards," Smith said. "Each of these winning students wrote, produced, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered their winning productions. I work with each student individually to help them reach excellence, not just competency. Their hard work and dedication to being the 'best of the best' is why they consistently win these BEA awards year after year."
Audio production students in the past also have won national awards from Radio Mercury Awards and Collegiate Broadcasters Inc.
Previous BEA winners from Appalachian have gone on to careers as associate producer with HuffPost Live, promotions manager at CBS Radio, radio music director and afternoon host at Blue Ridge Broadcasting, freelance videographer, and intern at a Nashville recording studio.
The Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts is an international exhibition of award-wining student works chosen in the following competitions:
- interactive multimedia
- two-year/small colleges
The Department of Communication's electronic media broadcasting program moves into the new Beasley Media Complex later this year.
The facility will house state-of-the-art radio/television studios, classrooms and production labs, as well as the student-run WASU 90.5 campus radio station.
Grant T. Elder of High Point received third place award for "New World Tradition: The Story of the Appalachian Ballad" in the Educational Program (Documentary) category.