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MVNU Students Honored with NRB Media Production Awards

Music NoteFebruary 24, 2014

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 2014 student production contest. The awards were handed out February 24 at the NRB's annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Rachel Held, a junior video and radio broadcasting major from Sandusky, Ohio, placed first in the Radio Imaging/Branding category. Her piece, a 60-second production for WNZR called "The Power of Christian Radio," also received the 2014 Radio Award of Excellence, the second consecutive year that an MVNU student production has earned this honor.

Zach Roys, a senior video and radio broadcasting major from Hilliard, Ohio, placed first in the Radio PSA/Commercial category for his work on a 60-second announcement for a Stephen Curtis Chapman concert and second in the Imaging/Branding category for a promo he created for NGEN radio in Houston, Texas.

Andrew Yoder, a junior broadcasting major from Millersburg, Ohio, placed second for his PSA on the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

Emily Blazek, a sophomore broadcasting major from Auburn, Ohio, placed second in the Video PSA/Commercial category with her 60 second promo for WNZR’s "The Morning Thing."

While at the convention, Roys, Yoder, and Josh Pollock, a senior broadcasting major from Mansfield, Ohio, also competed in a national digital audio competition called "The 36DA Challenge." All teams had 36 hours to produce three pieces on the value of Christian higher education, with MVNU finishing first out of the five teams competing.

"I was excited to hear the name MVNU announced at the awards ceremony," said Roys. "Our hard work really paid off in a very tight competition. I was glad to participate again this year."

This is the eighth 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 NRB guidelines. The top projects were then evaluated and entered into the contest.

"NRB is an outstanding experience for our students," said Joe Rinehart, Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Broadcasting. "The connections they make are valuable for their future, and the work they do is judged by some of the top communication professionals in the country. We were thrilled that Rachel received the radio award of excellence and excited to see our team’s work in the 36-hour challenge rewarded."

"Our successes in the NRB 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, see

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-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 2,200 students from 29 states and 12 countries/U.S. territories.

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