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AU’s student-run radio station celebrating Vinylthon April 20-21

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s award-winning, student-run radio station, WRDL, will be participating in the annual Vinylthon celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. “This year, WRDL is celebrating its seventh anniversary of Vinylthon and will play 48 hours of only vinyl records,” explained Derek Wood, faculty advisor and general manager of WRDL. “This historic event includes AU students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the radio station…

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A number of AU journalism and digital media students honored as national awards finalists

ASHLAND, Ohio – Several students in Ashland University’s Journalism and Digital Media (JDM) Department were national finalists in the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Media Awards competition for their work with the university radio station WRDL 88.9 FM and television station AUTV. The radio finalists were: Best Morning Show (Top 5) – The Early Bird’s Word – Nick Stupka, Sean Repuyan and Anthony Marchetta Best Newscast (Top 7) – News in 90…

Waylon O'Donnell

JDM graduate returning to his journalism roots after being a game show host for cruises

Waylon O’Donnell loved working as a game show host with Carnival Cruise Lines but felt a longing to get back in the journalism industry after nearly two years of living at sea. “I missed my family, my partner and my landside friends,” said the 2018 graduate of Ashland University’s JDM (journalism and digital media) department. “It was time for me to return to my professional roots.”

Bill Weston

Ashland grad retiring after long career in the radio industry

Bill Weston chose Ashland because it was one of the few colleges in the 1970s offering the type of degree he wanted: radio/TV broadcasting.    Weston never regretted his decision to attend college a little more than three hours away from his small hometown in Western New York, Mayville.   The early hands-on opportunities in the radio studios and on the TV-2 set, as well as the radio/TV faculty, were some of the many things he said he…

Vicki King-Maple

AU grad Vicki King-Maple named director of Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association

Vicki King-Maple, though a communications professional, has a hard time putting into words the love she has for Ashland University. “It’s a second home; it’s family,” said King-Maple, a “triple-crown” Ashland University alumna, having received her bachelor’s (speech and public communication, 1995), master’s (education in curriculum and instruction, 2000) and doctorate (educational leadership and leadership studies, 2019) degrees from AU. “As a student, I…

Travis Apple

AU grad Travis Apple named chief revenue officer at ticketing platform for live event industry

Go above and beyond. That is the advice Ashland University graduate Travis Apple offers today’s AU students. “If you are asked to get one internship, find a way to get multiple internships and real-life experience through job shadowing,” said the 2007 AU grad who triple-majored in sports communication, journalism and electronic media production. “Any industry you decide to go into is going to be competitive, and hiring managers want to see who truly is…

Yoe Suárez

Political refugee and independent journalist describes life in Cuba to crowd at Ashland University

You are at an ATM when a car pulls up and two people inside order you to get in it. When you ask for identification, they say they are police officers, and you have to follow their orders. Everything goes black because they put a hood over your head as soon as you get in, take you to an unfamiliar house and don’t free you until they have threatened and interrogated you for several hours. Welcome to Cuba. Those in attendance and watching a live stream got…

Claudia Adcock

AU digital media student loving second summer internship with Certified Angus Beef

Ashland University student Claudia Adcock is doing something this summer that rarely happens at Certified Angus Beef (CAB). “We had the opportunity to bring her back as a second-year intern, which is something we almost never do,” said Mark Merryweather, senior visual producer at CAB. “It is because we loved Claudia so much last summer, I begged to have her back, and fortunately we were able to do just that.” Adcock, who will be a senior at AU studying…

Olivia Pliske

AU student getting jump on her career in sports broadcasting with Cleveland camera crews

Ashland University student Olivia Pliske shouldn’t be on track to graduate early.    She started college during the COVID pandemic, changed her major three times and sometimes skipped classes to go to Cavs and Guardians games.    Taking College Credit Plus courses in high school helped Pliske overcome switching majors and the COVID pandemic so she can graduate this December in 3 ½ years and really start focusing on her career.…

Katie Foster

'Great support system' from JDM program key to recent AU grad thriving in new job

Katie Foster admits she decided to attend Ashland University because it was close to home.   “I chose AU out of convenience, but I have no doubts that is exactly where I was meant to be,” said Foster, who was living in Ashland when she graduated from Shelby High School. “The college not only gave me a great education and experiences through the journalism department, but also friends and memories I’ll treasure forever.”  The “great education…

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