Northwestern's television program wins top award for second straight year

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Northwestern's television program wins top award for second straight year

March 5, 2010

 2008-2009 Top newscast
The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association selected NWTV7 for the second year in a row as having the best newscast in the state. Anchors of the winning newscast are (front row, from left) Kacee McCulley, Sherryce Benson and Allison Cunningham, all Northwestern graduates; (back row, from left) adviser Jesse Schroeder, Xin Xin Liu and Joe Perez, who were part of the team during the 2009 spring semester.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s small television program has won big for the second year straight in a statewide student broadcast competition.


Jesse Schroeder, instructor in mass communications and NWTV7 adviser, submitted newscasts from April 2009 to the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) student competition, and NWTV7 placed first in the Best Television Newscast category.


“It’s very exciting that our students and faculty are being recognized at this level,” said Tammy Brown, Communication department chair.


Joe Perez, Alva junior, directed the award-winning show, and Xin Xin Liu, Xi’An, China, junior, produced the newscast.  The winning show was anchored by Allison Cunningham, Sherryce Benson and Kacee McCulley, all recent graduates.


“You know if you win something once there is always the chance that is was a fluke thing,” Schroeder said. “If you win something twice people typically recognize that.”


Hours of work throughout the week goes into the few moments that people spend watching or reading Northwestern’s publications.


“The fact that we’ve won best newscast in the state twice in a row clearly illustrates that our mass communication program can successfully compete with any institution in the state,” Brown said.


 Perez and Liu
Joe Perez (left) and Xin Xin Liu directed and produced the award-winning newscast.  This win means that Northwestern’s television program has been named the best newscast at the state level for two straight years.

Many students received recognition during the OBEA competition.  Liu placed third in the TV Hard News category. This is the first time for a Northwestern student to place in this  category.  Liu covered a story over a hot water problem in the South Hall dormitories last semester.


Dustin Goodno, Alva senior, and Kyle Kendrick, Arkansas City (Kan.) senior, placed second for radio sports play-by-play. In the radio personality aircheck category, Perez placed second, and Liu received the third place award. They produced their airchecks in Schroeder’s Broadcast Writing and Announcing class last semester.


Other behind the scenes but necessary aspects of producing the weekly newscast lie at the hands of students in a television practicum class, some of whom are taking it as an elective. These students help to operate various pieces of equipment including cameras, audio board, video switcher, teleprompter and the character generator for graphics.


This semester, NWTV7 can be seen in Alva on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon and 5 p.m., on cable channel 7. Interested viewers also may watch the newscast video via Northwestern’s YouTube channel at  People can subscribe to the channel for free and receive weekly updates when the new newscast is uploaded.


For more information about the mass communication program, please contact Tammy Brown, Communication department chair, at (580) 327-8429 or