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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2024
Contact: Heather Birks |

Washington, D.C. – The Leibner Cooper Grant for Creative Productions on the History of Media has been awarded to Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz, for his project, Gathering radio stars: Creating an oral history archive of influential radio disk jockeys 

This project will establish an online and accessible oral history archive of current and past radio DJs.  This profession has a long, proud history in American broadcasting, but thinning due to changes in media and listening habits. 

Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz is a tenured associate professor of broadcast journalism at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He led the student-produced TV newscast to several Society of Professional Journalism awards, including 2018 National Finalist. He was honored as the University of South Florida’s 2004-2005 Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. He worked at ten radio stations and is an award-winning copywriter. Bajkiewicz earned his B.A. in Anthropology in 1993 (with honors) and M.A. in Mass Communications (with distinction) in 1995 from the University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communications (Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student) in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

The Leibner Cooper Grant for Creative Productions on the History of Media is made possible thanks to an endowment from Leibner Cooper Family Foundation. Annually, a $2,500 grant will be awarded to a faculty member who is producing a documentary, news story, multimedia project or sports production focused on historical issues, figures and/or events related to media. Each year the recipient will be recognized at the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation Giants of Broadcasting Luncheon and at BEA’s annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas. 

About the BEA ConventionBEA’s annual convention is held in conjunction with NAB Show in Las Vegas every spring. BEA’s annual convention attracts 1,300 educators and students with 250 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall, making BEA the largest conference partner of NAB Show. 

About the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) – BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide.  

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