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MVNU students honored with NRB media production awards

NRBMarch 12, 2013

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Four Mount Vernon Nazarene University students were recently honored by the intercollegiate branch of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for placing in the organization's 2013 student production contest. The awards were handed out March 3 at the NRB's annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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MVNU students swept the top three places for the Radio PSA/Commercial category. Chris Runion, a junior video and radio broadcasting major from Charleston, West Virginia, placed first. He created a 60-second public service announcement for Care Net Pregnancy Services of Knox County called 'A Letter of Love.' In addition, Runion's PSA received the 2013 Radio Award of Excellence, the first time an MVNU student has received this award since 2005.

"It was an honor to get first place, but the radio excellence award was a complete surprise," said Runion. "I hope it shows that great things are happening at WNZR and in Knox County. The biggest blessing of this piece isn't the trophies or prize money; it's the fact that Care Net can use this to reach out to men and women in need of help."

Dustin Mills, a senior video and radio broadcasting major from Ashtabula, Ohio, placed second in the Radio PSA category. He submitted a 60-second public service announcement for The Luke Commission, a medical mission based in Swaziland. Matt Wagner, a junior broadcasting major from Cleveland, placed third for his PSA on National Novel Writing Month.

Zach Roys, a junior broadcasting major from Hilliard, Ohio, placed third in the Radio Imaging category for his 60 second promo for WNZR's "Take Dad to Dinner" Father's Day contest.

While at the convention, Runion and Roys competed in a national digital audio competition called 'The 36DA Challenge.' MVNU's team competed against five other teams in the challenge. All teams had 36 hours to produce a 90, 60 and 30-second promotional piece for the NRB organization. MVNU finished in a tie for first place with a team from Northwestern College (MN).

"I thoroughly enjoyed the competition this year," said Roys. "It not only was challenging because of the late hours of brainstorming, scripting and editing, but it sparked creativity because of the location and the time limit given."

This is the seventh consecutive year that MVNU students have placed nationally in either radio or video. Upperclassmen students taking radio and video classes at MVNU this fall submitted projects following the iNRB guidelines, and the top projects were then evaluated and entered into the contest.

"This was a special year for our students at NRB," said Joe Rinehart, assistant professor of communication and Director of Broadcasting. "The work they did was much more than a class project- they were pieces that will have lasting impact for these organizations. We were thrilled that Chris received the award of excellence and excited to see both Chris and Zach's work in the 36-hour challenge rewarded."

"Our successes in the iNRB competition are significant and encouraging," added Dean Abbott, assistant professor of communication. "They are significant because we have seen that our students are able to create media products that earn the respect of professionals in the larger industry. They encourage us to continue pursuing the track we are on knowing that we are moving in the right direction."

The intercollegiate branch of NRB is committed to promoting excellence and integrity, and providing a forum for student and faculty members to network and share ideas and goals. For more information on the National Religious Broadcasters, go to

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.


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