Gaylord College no. 1 in the state for OBEA broadcast and video awards

2015 OBEA GroupStudents from the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma received 27 awards, in the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association competition. The awards were given at a ceremony on March 26 during the annual Oklahoma Association Broadcasters convention.

Students received a dozen first place awards, five second place awards and 10 third place awards representing 28 percent of all awards given. The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Student Media Competition is the most active state competition in the country with 260 entries from 13 Oklahoma schools. This marks nearly 10 years where Gaylord College students have received the most awards of any college or university in the state.

Sooner Sports Pad, a sports magazine show broadcast live each week on FOX Sports Oklahoma, was named the best sports show in the state, and another student sports production, GamedayU Bedlam edition, received third place. Individual students competing in other sports categories also received first place for individual talent reel, and first and third place for individual sports stories.

Of the 18 television categories, Gaylord College students received first or second place in 10 categories and brought home all three awards given in the informational video category. Broadcast radio students also received all three awards given in the long-form journalism radio category, both the first and second place awards in the long narrative category, and third place in the short narrative category. Additionally, a Gaylord College student received first place for scriptwriting.

Professor Ken Fischer was also recognized for his year of leadership as president of the OBEA.

Below is a complete list of all of Gaylord College winners.


Long-Form Journalism, 1st, Sarah Hurd, Young Oklahomans Return To Their Farming Roots

Long-Form Journalism, 2nd, Molly Evans, Painting To Your Own Beat

Long-Form Journalism, 3rd, Hayley Thornton, Germany’s Fascination With Native American Culture

Narrative – Short, 3rd, Nikki Willis, The Cell Phone

Narrative – Long, 1st, Tripp Lopez, Mom It’s Annie

Narrative – Long, 2nd, Grant Johnson, Respect



Commercial, 1st, Max Bevan, Norman Stamp & Seal

Commercial, 3rd, Jason Gwynn, Unilever

Commercial, 3rd, Hayley Struck, Hayley Jamil, Katie Barry, Coke Commercial

PSA, 1st, Elysabeth Casiano, Ashley Morgan, Macy Muirhead, Human Trafficking

Newscast, 2nd, Lauren King & Olivia McKennon, OU Nightly

Sports Story, 1st, Matthew McCullock, Buddy Hield Summer of Love

Sports Story, 3rd, Mason Prince, Samaje Perine Runs Hard

Documentary/Series, 3rd, Erik Macias & Karl Macias, Routes TV-Hell in the Heartland

Entertainment/Talk Program, 1st, Erik Macias & Karl Macias, Routes TV – Art Wars

Sports Magazine/Talk, 1st, Heather Healy & Olivia McKennon, Sooner Sports Pad

Sports Magazine/Talk, 3rd, Malik Carter & Drew Farley, GamedayU Bedlam

Narrative – Short, 1st, Tripp Lopez, Ringbearer

Narrative – Short, 1st, Jeff Black, Ralph Craig & Matt Percival, Last Midnight

Narrative – Short, 3rd, Jason Gwynn, Gopher

Music Video, 2nd, Paige Powell, With You Now

Informational Video, 1st, Lindsay Webster & Kathryn Wingfield, Why I Love Teenage Girls

Informational Video, 2nd, Sara Groover & Nick Szabo, Sooner Flight Academy

Informational Video, 3rd, Brooke Adcock, Pablo Fernandez, Garrett Fox, Spencer Wehde, Jon Hoover, Rowing

Personality Aircheck, 1st, Mason Prince, Mason Prince Sports Talent

Personality Aircheck, 3rd, Vanessa Prado, Vanessa Prado News Talent



Scriptwriting, 1st, Ashley Leisten, Just Being Honest



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