Rowan Students and Faculty to Receive Prestigious BEA Awards | rowan today

A dozen Rowan University students and faculty to be honored at international ceremony BEA Media Arts Festivalone of the most prestigious awards programs for higher education communicators, next month in Las Vegas.

Senior Josh Ticcino, a Radio, television and cinema and Sports communication and media double major from Washington Township, will receive a top award for “Student On-Air Personality”, an award he will share with his on-air partner, Brandon Searles, for their morning program, “The Early Bird Special with Brandon & Josh,” on Rowan Radio WGLS-FM.

“We started the show in the winter of 2019 and it’s nice to see how all the hard work we put into it has paid off,” said Ticcino, who is also COO of WGLS- FM and producer for the Rowan Television Network. .

Ticcino said the morning show, which is hosted daily by different students during the coveted 7-9 a.m. timeslot, has a flexible format that revolves around music. Ticcino and Searles focus on production values ​​and speak to their target audience when they host the show on Fridays, he said.

“We try to make it entertaining like our main audience segment, usually people between the ages of 35 and 60,” he said. “We can do whatever we want with it, but the music is the main focus.”

Ticcino, who is seeking a career in sports broadcasting and a former intern at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, sees the BEA award as an important step towards achieving his goal.

“This is my first grand prix,” he said. “I want to do sports studio shows, sports talk shows, something like Sports Center (on ESPN).”

Professor Keith Brand, King Professor of the Department of Radio, Television and Film in the Ric Edelman College of Communication and Creative Arts, is one of this year’s winners with an award of excellence. Brand said opportunities to explore creative ability across a wide range of media — and show it off — are a hallmark of the RTF program.

“I think it’s important for students and faculty to have places to submit creative work,” Brand said. “The BEA Festival of Media Arts invites works from all over the world and some of the best media production schools take part. It is quite an honor to have your work distinguished for recognition.

Rowan is a long-time contender for BEA’s annual Media Arts Festival awards program. This year’s Rowan winners include:


Brandon Searles and Josh TiccinoStudent On-Air Personality – 1st Place, The Early Bird Special with Brandon & Josh

Sam WhalenEducational Student – 3rd Place, Rowan Radio Remembers: The 9/11 Attacks

Gabrielle ConnellyStudent Short Documentary – 1st Place, Mutation on Chromosome 5

Allison Bruce, Sam Whalen, Nick Earnshaw and Connor BrownStudent Radio Newspaper – 3rd Place, Rowan Report Election Night 2021


Brand KeithExcellence Award – Faculty Audio, Kiyoshi Kuromiya: The Wonderful Fabulous Life of a Civil Rights Zelig

Sarah Ferguson, Kara Ieva and Christopher J. WinklerAward of Excellence – Faculty Interactive Multimedia, STEM VRCE Module 1: Career in GIS – 360/VR Experience

The award ceremony will take place on April 24 and 25.

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