Category Archives: TCOM

TCOM Senior Debbie Alderman won 2012 Ohio Association of Broadcasters Scholarship

TCOM senior Debbie Alderman, from Lima, OH, won the $3,000  Ohio Association of Broadcasterse Scholarship in 2012.  She is the only non-minority student winning this scholarship this year in the state.  Debbie also got a summer internship in New York working on social media for MTV.  She is going to be the President/Executive Producer of BG on TV when she comes back in fall.



Drs. Zhang, Ha and Park’s paper on mobile media won top paper in Communication Technology Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference

TCOM faculty Drs. Xiaoqun Zhang, Louisa Ha, and Sung-Yeon Park’s paper, “Diffusion of news services and political news in mobile media: A time budget perspective,” won the 4th place faculty paper in the Communication Technology Division at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Chicago, IL, August 2012.

Dr. Park and colleagues won top paper in Minorities & Communication Divisions in AEJMC Annual Conference 2012

TCOM faculty Drs. Park and Yun and graduate students won this year top paper in the Minorities & Communication Division of AEJMC 

Park, S., Flynn, M. A., Stana, A., Morin, D. T., & G. Yun (2012, August). Where do I belong, from Laguna Beach to Jersey Shore?: A content analysis of minority characters on popular MTV reality shows. Top paper scheduled to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) Chicago, IL.

WBGU-FM shows win RadioStar Awards!

WBGU-FM is proud to announce that two spring semester radio shows were selected as RadioStar Award winners by! The program Dirty Glitter (Thursdays 10 pm – 12 am) took home best music show honors while The Afternoon Rush – hosted by Craig Sullivan and Rebecca Priebe (weekdays 4 pm – 6 pm) took home best variety show honors!

About RadioFlag –

RadioFlag is social media and content discovery platform for radio. The service
allows users to discover new stations, new DJ’s and Talk Radio Hosts, and  stream
their personal favorite stations from their smartphone or computer, regardless of
where in the world they might be. Not only can listeners  tune in, but RadioFlag
provides the unique connection to live radio DJs and their listeners, fostering
communication beyond the call-lines.
The service  offers social connectivity between members of a live radio audience,
and links radio listeners through music, lifestyle, opinions, news and trends. In
addition, our users are creating an awareness of where the most unique, live, on-
air talent can be found. Our mission is to spotlight college and independent radio
stations by placing them on equal footing with the larger, well-financed commercial
RadioFlag launched  from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), with support from
campus station KUCI on April 4, 2011. RadioFlag launched its website nationally in
October 2011. The company is comprised of over 20 people, including mostly young
and talented software engineers and social media and marketing professionals.
Respected radio industry professionals have also joined the team to help the effort.
From the company’s launch at a single college station, RadioFlag has now expanded
on a large scale, connecting with over 300 college stations and creating a College
Radio Advisory Board, established to help better guide RadioFlag in supporting
college stations across the station. Considering that most of the RadioFlag team
consists of recent college graduates or current college students, its not hard to see
the natural connection between RadioFlag and college radio.

Media Falcon Video Produced by Students

Media Falcon Center video produced by a group of students in 4700 practicum class this year (Jason Baker, Brittany Moran, Meredith Goodrich and Jason DiMarco) was presented at the Tcom production award ceremony. It featured all the TV video organizations including BG24 News, the Falcon Sports Center show, BG on TV and WBGU-TV PBS.

Click here to view the video.

12 students honored in 2nd TCOM Student Media Production Contest Award Ceremony

 12 students were presented with awards in the 2nd Annual TCOM student media production award ceremony organized by the BGSU TCOM Student Association: Ashley Mullins, Jason Baker and crew members Meredith Goodrich, Brittany Moran, Daniel Smith, Brad Woczniki, Josh Clay and Jun Yang.  The categories include video, radio and web.  Ryan Fowler, a BGSU and WBGU-TV alum, who is the Fantasy Football/Baseball Editor at and Content Manager at based out of Cincinnati,  came as a special guest and address students.  He reminded students of the importance of work ethics and networking in developing their career.  TCOM faculty presented the awards to the students.

See the  power point file on the winners and links to their works: TCOM student prorduction contest Awards2012 PPT.3.30

Michael K. McIntyre BGSU Alumnus and TCOM 4620 Guest

Michael McIntyre ’87 visited with TCOM4620 via Skype on April 4, 2012. Michael is the host of WCPN’s Sound of Ideas a daily public affairs program that airs on the NPR affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is also a featured columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer notably writing The Tipoff for the PD. He shared insights about hosting, producing, writing for the paper and how media convergence is at the center of the industry today. He is a wonderfully gracious alumnus and we are glad that he was able to take time from his busy schedule to talk with our students.

Karen Schaefer – NPR contributor visited TCOM4620

Karen Schaefer visited Stephen Merrill’s TCOM4620 Radio Programming class and talked with students about opportunities in non-commercial media, fielded student questions and provided students with valuable industry insights.

Karen Schaefer Bio

Karen Schaefer is a veteran public radio journalist based in Northeast Ohio with more than 65 national, regional and local awards for her in-depth reports, documentaries and interviews on subjects ranging from the environment to politics, the economy, homeland security, and breaking news of the day.

Schaefer began her career in public broadcasting at WBNI-Fort Wayne in 1979 as a volunteer music show host.  Nine years later, she moved to Ohio, where she began freelancing for magazines and newspapers, among them the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  She also produced a short weekly radio program for four years for WCLV, a classical radio station in Cleveland.

In 1998, Schaefer was hired as a freelance journalist at public radio station WCPN-Cleveland.  She became a full-time employee in 2000.  First as a general assignment, then environmental beat reporter, Schaefer produced stories for WCPN and national and international news networks including NPR, the CBC, the BBC and Voice of America.  She provided exclusive coverage of the Davis-Besse nuclear plant’s near-disaster for NPR, covered multiple presidential campaigns, and filed national stories ranging from NASA funding to Ohio’s Underground Railroad history.  She also produced numerous television segments for WVIZ-Public Television in Cleveland.

Schaefer moved to Ohio public radio station WKSU at Kent, Ohio in 2006.  For the next three years she produced daily features and spots for local broadcast.  At WKSU, her stories for NPR included obituaries of Ohio soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as features on air traffic controllers, the recession and green technology.

In October of 2009, Schaefer was downsized from WKSU as part of a cost-cutting move. For the past two years, she has been freelancing once again.  Her stories have aired on NPR, WBEZ-Chicago, WBUR-Boston’s Only A Game, and The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh public radio environmental news program.  She is currently working on a radio history project for the Ohio Humanities Council.

Schaefer has been a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists since 2003.  Throughout her career, she’s been fortunate to receive training from some of the best in the biz:  David Candow, CBC producer and NPR’s ‘host whisperer,’ Davis Nelson of the Kitchen Sisters, journalism guru Jay Rosen, and voice coach Marilyn Pittman, to name a few.  Schaefer has also been named a fellow for multiple workshops and fellowships, including SEJ, the Ohio Sea Grant, and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.  She’s been invited to speak at numerous venues, including the Ohio State University, and has taught classes at Oberlin College and Kent State University.