February 08, 2018 8:30AM
"I came to PSU to major in broadcasting, full of hope and aspirations that one day I could broadcast games on air," Molina said. "I wanted that to be my career."
Little did he realize that at PSU, he wouldn't have to wait.
"I got to start as a freshman," he said. "That's what makes this program a stand-out. All students have an equal opportunity for experience — you don't have to wait to be an upperclassman."
And, little did he realize that he'd have the chance to compete in a variety of broadcasting categories against students from colleges and universities across the country. Molina, along with several classmates, has fared well in those competitions.
Broadcasting program director Troy Comeau said their streak of award-winning began with state competition last April, a competition in which PSU brought home 31 total awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, including 17 first-place awards.
Those first-place state winners then competed against schools from 17 states in the South Central Broadcasting Society Regional competition. PSU brought home 16 finalist awards and five regional awards.
Regional finalists went on to two separate national award competitions. In the first, the National Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. Awards, PSU students earned two national finalist awards. In the second, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards, PSU students were finalists in a school record of seven categories. Winners from that competition will be announced later this month.
“What a successful year,” said Comeau, whose faculty include Trent Kling and Leo Hudson. “This is about the only time we look back and recognize our past success. We're always looking ahead helping new students and planning a bright future for our program. It’s so refreshing to look back at the success our students have had and feel like our hard work has paid off for the students.”
As for Molina, now a senior who will graduate in May, he's also looking ahead: he's considering options and is hopeful that in the next few weeks, he'll be able to sign with an agent.
"I'm hoping to get a job announcing games on radio or television," he said. "I've already done both here, from basketball tournaments on CAPS 13 — the campus student television station — to the Pitt State Invitational on the MIAA Network. The tools PSU supplied me are invaluable, not just in one sport, but in multiple sports. It helped me cut my teeth, learn how to call games properly, and it paid big dividends with our wins."
National finalist awards won by PSU students include Colin Terry, Noah Monsour and Gracie Spencer for their radio PSA “PSU Recycling," Terry for his video commercial “Root Coffeehouse,” Tyler Darrah for his radio sports update “PHS Basketball,” Molina and Brent Martin for their news report “Great Gorilla Games,” Molina, Austin Nichols and Ian Arians for their sports play-by-play “PSU vs. Nebraska Kearney Basketball,” students in Television Production for their newscast “CAPS 13 News," and Michaela Joines and MacKenzi Tims bringing home a first-place award for their documentary, "Enabled," the Haven Shepherd Story.
The documentary can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lqmp7SM-OA.
More information about PSU’s broadcasting emphasis can be found at http://www.pittstate.edu/academic-programs/broadcasting-degree-emphasis