2017 BEA Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Presented to Donald G. Godfrey, Ph.D.

Donald G. Godfrey, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship (LAS). Dr. Godfrey is a broadcast historian, a broadcast educator, and a professional broadcaster. He is a past president of BEA; served as president of the National Council of Communication Associations; and a past editor of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. He is the founding chair of the BEA’s Festival of Media Arts, Research Committee and annual Research Symposium. He has worked fifteen years in commercial radio and television, with twelve years at KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA, in production, and continues his consulting in corporate television. Dr. Godfrey has published in all the leading refereed journals of our discipline and has written and edited more than a dozen books. A second edition of his biography of Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television, in the University of Utah Press has, just been released in paperback, 2017. He has written C. Francis Jenkins: Film and Television Pioneer, published by University of Illinois Press, 2014 and Electronic Media History: A Routledge Reader, with Susan Brinson, 2015. His other published works include: Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media; Historical Dictionary of American Radio; Television in America: Local Station History across the Nation, with Michael D. Murray; and Reruns on File: A Guide to Broadcast Archives. He has received multiple honors for his research: BEA’s Distinguished Education Service Award; Mormon History Association’s Best Documentary Book Award; NATAS, Silver Circle Society Inductee; NEH Archives Panelist; and has work on the Choice, “Outstanding Academic Books List.” Dr. Godfrey says his...

March 2017 President’s Corner

President’s Corner March 2017 Over the last ten years, BEA has grown and changed in many significant ways, including new interest groups, more regional and super-regional conferences, a stronger financial base, and closer ties with many industry organizations. But the most significant change may be a set of efforts designed to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the organization. Those of us who have been involved with BEA for more than thirty years can remember conventions dominated by one gender and culture. There is no question that we’ve become increasingly diverse over the intervening decades, but the pace of change has accelerated over the past three years. Consider these innovations: • BEA has adopted a diversity and inclusion statement • A list of resources for diversity and inclusion has been added to the BEA website • Creating divisions that foster research addressing multicultural issues. • Adding an annual award for the paper that best addresses issues of diversity and inclusion. • Modifying the BEA database to include measures that allow us to quantify the diversity of the organization. • Inclusion of categories for non-English submissions to the Festival of Media Arts. • Recruitment of more diverse representation on the Board of Directors. • Creation of a special committee to recruit faculty and students from HBCUs to join BEA. Along the way, the mission of the Diversity Committee has expanded to encompass inclusion as an expression of the importance to move beyond representation and to take action to welcome and incorporate what diversity brings to the organization. If you have a minute or two, please join me in expressing thanks to...

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation Presents the 2017 Broadcast Historian Award to “Media Matters: Historical Influences Across Popular Culture,” by Terry Likes

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) is pleased to announce the winner of its 2017 Broadcast Historian Award to Terry Likes, Tennessee State University for a series of audio documentaries he produced for the Tennessee Radio Network’s “Tennessee Matters” with Likes’ segments focusing on “Media Matters.” Likes’ reports examined the historical impact of TV late night hosts, how TV catch phrases and theme songs have become part of our every day life and how the music of the Beatles changed American music forever. “While the program highlighted some Tennessee connections, the content was universally appealing to listeners from anywhere,” commented one of the reviewers. “The wealth of sound clips were skillfully employed to represent the substantial cultural influence of broadcasting in a unique way. That influence came from late-night television talk hosts to TV catch phrases to theme songs and Beatles music.” LABF will award Likes a $5,000 check at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention (BEA2017) in Las Vegas on Monday, April 24. Ginny Morris of Hubbard Broadcasting and current Chair of the Foundation; Joyce Tudryn of IRTS and also a LABF Board member and W. Lawrence Patrick, Managing Partner of both Patrick Communications and Legend Communications, a media brokerage and radio group owner respectively, will represent LABF and award Likes the check at BEA2017. “LABF supports BEA members in their scholarly endeavors,” said W. Lawrence Patrick. “We applaud their dedication to creative scholarship and appreciate the good relationship between BEA and LABF.” The LABF supports a broadcast archive housed at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Likes has graciously agreed to donate copies of the...

2017 BEA Distinguished Education Service Award (DESA) Presented to Joe Misiewicz, BEA Past President

2017 BEA Distinguished Education Service Award (DESA) Presented to Joe Misiewicz, BEA Past President Washington, D.C. – Joe Misiewicz, BEA Past President, has been named the 2017 Broadcast Education Association’s Distinguished Education Service Award (DESA) winner. Joe Misiewicz came to Ball State University in 1990 as chair and professor in the Department of Telecommunication, and retired with emeritus status in 2012. While serving as chair, he also was General Manager for WIPB-TV and WBST-FM for three years. Joe has held similar positions at Bradley, Central Michigan, and Morehead State in Kentucky as well as Central Missouri State and Eastern Michigan. He has taught courses in Austria, Germany, Taiwan, and Brazil. Joe served a one-year term as President of BEA, in addition, he was editor of BEA’s national journal Feedback for ten years. He was also AERho president for two years. Joe was a Poynter Institute and Gannett Fellow, a Disney and IRTS Fellow, the executive director for Indiana’s 16 Public Radio-TV stations, Ball State’s Teacher of the Year and voted Faculty of the Year in the Telecommunication’s department five times. He served ten years on the Indiana Broadcasters board and three years on the University of Michigan’s Alumni Board, his alma mater, and two three-year terms on the Eastern Michigan alumni board. He was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Eastern Michigan in 2002. He was elected vice president and then President for the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers. A scholarship has been endowed in his name, “Dr. Joe” Scholarship, at Ball State University for TCOM students who demonstrate excellence in leadership; to date ten scholarships have been awarded. Following...

President’s Corner February 2017 — Special Call: The Presidency and the Media

President’s Corner February 2017 Special Call: The Presidency and the Media Since the President swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States in January, the press has been met with a series of challenges to its role of keeping the electorate informed. Dozens of journalism-related organizations, including the Broadcast Education Association, have written or signed letters encouraging the administration to respect the role of the free press in our democracy. But we need to do more than implore. As scholars, it is our role to explore and explain the underlying processes and their impacts upon society. I have no doubt that dozens of research projects are already underway, but they were started much too late to be considered as part of the traditional Call for Papers for our April convention. Fortunately, the electronic media have a long history of responding quickly to change. In that spirit, I am creating a one-time Presidential Call for Abstracts for scholarship that addresses the multiplex relationships among The Presidency and the Media. I am looking for submissions that provide theoretical, historical, phenomenological, or pedagogical insight into what may be the most important situation facing the media so far this century. The Call is specifically seeking work on all sides of the debates that surround these relationships, with the goal that an open discussion of the issues that includes multiple perspectives will go much farther in providing context and insight. Accepted proposals will be presented at a special series “Topic Talks” during the 2017 BEA Annual Convention, April 22-25, at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. These Topic Talks will start...

BEA Festival of Media Arts Winners Announced

BEA Announces the 2017 “Best of Festival” King Foundation Awards and BEA Festival of Media Arts Award Winners Washington, D.C. – Seventeen faculty and student works have been chosen to receive the BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards – the top awards given during BEA’s Festival of Media Arts, a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members. Best of Festival winners will be honored at the 15th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on Monday, April 24, 2017 as part of BEA’s annual convention.  During the ceremony, recipients will be recognized with a specialized screening of their winning project and a cash award of $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.  The 2017 Best of Festival winners were selected from a pool of over 1,450 entries, representing over 175 colleges and universities in the following competitions: audio, documentary, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting, sports, two-year/small colleges and video. 2017 Best of Festival Winners Faculty Audio Competition Don Connelly & Dr. Bruce H. Frazier, Western Carolina University; Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Anne’s Revenge (Long-Form Production Category) Student Audio Competition Tim Ning, Adam Walker, Alex Laney & Alex Cathey, Northwest Missouri State University; Lifted – Audio Replacement (Multimedia Sound Design Category) Faculty Documentary Competition Tim Sorel, University of Florida; My Kid is Not Crazy: A search for hope in the face of misdiagnosis (Long Form Video or Film Documentary Category) Student Documentary Competition Melina Tupa, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; The Search (Long Form Video or Film Documentary Category) Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition Adam Peruta, Syracuse University; Traditions Challenge...