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Burnsville resident Brandon Randolph, a 22-year-old graduate student in Western Carolina University's Master of Public Affairs Program, has been tagged by a national publication as one of the bright, young voices of talk radio.

Randolph, who graduated from Western in August with a bachelor's degree in political science, is the subject of a feature profile in the current edition of Conservative Citizen as part of a story titled “Talk Radio: A Loud Conservative Voice.”

A 2001 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School, Randolph recently stepped down as host of “No Apologies,” a daily talk radio program he launched on Asheville station WZNN, to focus on his graduate studies.

Randolph, the son of Bill and Pat Randolph of Burnsville, said he believes talk radio has surpassed television and newspapers in terms of its influence in public debate of important issues of the day. “People want a common sense look at important matters and they make it plain through their conversations on the radio,” he said.

Randolph also has worked on several political campaigns, served as a political lobbyist and activist, and worked with Western's Public Policy Institute, which studies issues of importance to Western North Carolina and beyond and develops policy options to address those issues.

“We're certainly proud that one of our students is already making his mark in his field,” said Chris Cooper, director of Western's MPA Program. “With his background in talk radio, Brandon injects an element of knowledge and enthusiasm into our classroom discussions. In our classes, it is important that students hear a variety of viewpoints on public affairs issues, and Brandon is always eager to share his unique perspective.”

For more information about the MPA Program, call (828) 227-7475.

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