by Sheryl Marlar

For the first time ever, The WOLF Internet Radio at the University of West Georgia will receive two recognitions in the Student Audio Competition of the Broadcast Education Awards Festival of Media Arts.

McKenzie Benefield
McKenzie Benefield

The Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Last year it received more than 1,540 total entries in 15 competitions.

This marks the first time The WOLF has received an award from BEA since it began submitting entries in 2010.

“I could not be more proud of the work of my colleague and our students at The WOLF Internet Radio station,” said Dr. N. Jane McCandless, dean of the College of Social Sciences. “Their tireless, yet outstanding work is finally being recognized by leaders in the field.”

McKenzie Benefield received an Award of Excellence in the On-Air Personality category, and News Director Bode Brooks won second place in the Student News Competition in Radio Hard News Reporting category.

“Words do not adequately express the excitement and pride I have for my students,” said Shawn Isaacs, station general manager. “These awards place the station in a prominent national spotlight and sets the example the station will look to improve upon for all future work.”

The award for On-Air Personality marks the first time a single student at The WOLF has been acknowledged for his or her talent.

“I am humbly surprised and overjoyed to have been chosen for this award,” Benefield said. “I have only God and the ones who have stood behind me as a support system to thank for this opportunity.”

This also marks the second time this year that Brooks’ coverage has garnered an award, and it is his first international award.

Bode Brooks
Bode Brooks

“It’s hard for me to fully grasp the gravity of what it means to earn a BEA award,” Brooks said. “The achievement I am being recognized for is not just a testament of my own dedication and the effort I have put forward to get this far, but it speaks volumes to the capabilities of the UWG mass communications students and the priceless experience that comes with being a member of The WOLF Internet Radio.”

The prizes will be awarded in April during the BEA Annual Convention and Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas.

“This is a prestigious honor,” said Dr. Camilla Gant, professor and chair of the mass communications department. “BEA is recognized as a premiere international academic media organization, and its Festival of Media Arts is one of the most rigorously scholastic competitions in the discipline. Experiential learning is a hallmark of the mass communications program, and The WOLF Internet Radio leadership, news team and talent demonstrate that it is academically rigorous and competitive.”

Cover image courtesy of BEA and Greg Luft.

Posted on February 13, 2018