ADRIAN, Mich (May 20, 2016) – Recently, at the Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Main Luncheon and Student Awards event, the MAB Foundation (MABF) presented $27,000 in scholarships to deserving college students. Recent Adrian College graduate, Brandon Neal, was among those awarded during the event. Neal, a Communication Arts major, received a general scholarship.
“This award shows that with countless hours of work, support from every angle, and teamwork, not only can a radio station reinstate it’s presence in the community, but that anyone’s ideas and dreams can thrive as long as you believe in them,” Brandon said via email.
“This was an amazing four years,” Neal added, noting that the MAB scholarship was a highlight at the end of his time as a student at the College.
Brandon has been involved in the Communication Department since his freshman year, demonstrating skills as both a producer and an on-air talent. Neal developed a regular morning show, featuring unique guests and student appearances.
Neal assumed the role of Station Manager for Adrian’s WVAC, rebuilding the radio station staff recruiting new talent and building a unique team atmosphere. The result was a revitalized station with an increase of 75% production.
A second-generation radioman, the native of Troy, Mich assumed more interest and involvement in his father’s career, working alongside him during his breaks in the school year. Brandon graduated in May with plans to transition in the field of radio broadcasting.
Dr. Stephen M. Shehan, professor of communication at Adrian College, nominated Brandon Neal for this scholarship.
“I am extremely pleased to see Brandon get recognized for his efforts and look forward to following his career,” he said.
Neal expressed his gratitude to Dr. Shehan and every person who played a role in the keeping WVAC a vital addition to campus.
“In the beginning, all I saw was growth and opportunity through the [Communications] department. That led me to the realization that anything is possible inside of Rush Hall,” Neal said.