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Image: Nick Nichols
Nick Nichols

A Western Carolina University student is the winner of a top national award presented by the Broadcast Education Association.

Nick Nichols, a senior majoring in broadcasting, won first place for his radio promotional announcement submitted as a part of the association's prestigious Media Arts Festival, a juried international competition held in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention.

Nichols created the announcement to promote his weekly show “The Blender” on the university's radio station W WCU-FM. The weekly show is a mix of rock and pop hits that airs Monday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m.

“Nick is a very talented student and has a great sense of what it takes to create professional-level work,” said Don Connelly, director of Western's broadcasting program. “When I heard the first mix of the project, I knew he had a winner on his hands.”

Nichols is a 2002 graduate of South Point High School, and is the son of Glenn and Joanna Nichols of Belmont. This marks the second time a Western student has won the national award. Will Candler of Arden received the honor in 2004 from BEA, a professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

Nichols will pick up his award at the BEA convention in late April. He, along with seven other WCU broadcasting students, also will be attending the National Association of Broadcasters Convention being held at the same time in Las Vegas.

WWCU-FM (Power 90.5) is WCU's broadcast service and serves the Jackson and Haywood county region.  The station can be heard on the Internet at www.wwcufm.com .  For more information about the broadcasting program at Western, contact Don Connelly at (828) 227-3851.

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