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WFAA Media Coverage of UTA Radio's Vinyl Event

Posted April 25, 2018 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments

Saturday, April 21st, UTA Radio played vinyls over a 24 hour period in honor of National Record Store Day. 

WFAA, the local ABC affiliate for DFW was there to cover this inaugural event.

Broadcast student lands internship with City of Arlington at Comm Day.

Posted February 13, 2019 by Brian Horton in category alumni

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maryanne Obialasor, 2018 broadcast alumna, began an internship with the city of Arlington’s Office of Communication during the fall 2018 semester.

The internship had her developing and creating content for the city’s weekend news segment, “Weekend Buzz.”

“I learned so much from everything, literally everything you get to do in school like e-news, TV reporting, I did all of that there.” Obialasor said.

Obialasor got the internship after discovering Arlington’s Office of Communication studios, when her corporate video class toured the city offices at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester.

“After that, I heard they were coming to Communications Day fest,” Obialasor said. “I had my resume and my business card ready to speak to them.”

Two days later she interviewed of the internship and hired.

To learn more information about her work with City of Arlington visit their YouTube page.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Lecturer Jennifer Little’s public relations students partnered with clinical associate professor Becky Garner’s public health class to organize the annual Great American Smokeout event Nov. 15 at University Center.

The classes worked on a project promoting a tobacco-free campus while gaining hands-on experience in their respective fields.

The seven-member public relations Tobacco Free Campus account team was comprised of all seniors, six of whom graduated in December 2018.

  • Maddison Adkins, 2018 Public Relations
  • Claudia Garcia Batres, 2018 Advertising and Public Relations
  • Christian Burno, 2018 Public Relations
  • TaVodrick Cottonham, 2018 Public Relations
  • Gabrielle Romeu, 2018 Public Relations
  • Yvette Velazquez, 2018 Public Relations
  • Lo Welch, 2019 Advertising and Public Relations

The Great American Smokeout campaign, coined “Smoke This, Not That” by Little’s student PR team, was a campus wide invitation for faculty and students to enjoy complimentary barbecue, free T-shirts, interactive experiences, games and prizes. Garner’s public health students developed educational material, coordinating seven booths where attendees learned about tobacco-related risks, talking to others about quitting or making a personal plan to stop smoking.

The event, part of the American Cancer Society’s nationwide program, provided a service learning opportunity in which students from Little’s PR Campaigns course were tasked with all aspects of planning, promoting and executing a successful job for a real-world client, start to finish. Students were expected to meet client expectations, address unexpected scenarios and find solutions, all while adhering to budget and deadline limitations. Little said these skills were tested when the original T-shirt vendor was unable to deliver on time.

The goal of the group was to increase participation and awareness from previous years when the health services department hosted the unpromoted event solo. Little said the results exceeded expectations with close to 1,000 attendees.

“The buzz on campus was this was the biggest, most attended event next to homecoming activities,” she said. “This was truly a professional-level event put on by seven students.”

Little said the concept for the tobacco free service learning project program developed after meeting Garner while participating in UTA’s Service Learning Faculty Fellows program last spring. They worked over the summer to structure the collaboration that will be highlighted at the UT System level for tobacco-free campus initiatives.

The PR team dedicated more than 337 hours to the preparation and execution of “Smoke This, Not That” and Little said she is proud of the group’s success.

“I watched this team take a lot of initiative, problem solve, collaborate with public health students and work together to pull off an amazing event to educate and engage the UTA campus,” Little said.

For information about the American Cancer Society and the Great American Smokeout program, visit To find out how UTA can help with tobacco cessation or learn about all wellness programs available to students, see

UTA Grads Win 11 Lone Star Emmys

Posted February 13, 2019 by Brian Horton in category awards

ARLINGTON, Texas- The University of Texas at Arlington and Julian Rodriguez Hispanic Media Initiative faculty advisor, had alumni attain 11 Lone Star Emmys on Nov. 10, for their professional work at Telemundo and Univision.

  • Vladimir Flores as a reporter, producer, video journalist, Telemundo
  • Jairo Lozano as a reporter, Telemundo
  • Daniela Ruiz as a assistant producer, Telemundo
  • Sonia Salas as a producer, producer writer, producer, Univision
  • Raul Solis as videographer twice, Univision
  • Angelina Armendariz as a reporter, Telemundo

Rodriguez said while awards are incredible accomplishments, there’s something bigger.

“Emmys are a fantastic recognition, but more than anything is the service they provide to the community,” Rodriguez said. “It is very important to have highly trained, highly professional journalists, who are really concerned with the future of the U.S. and Hispanic community that seeks news/information in Spanish.” For more information on the HMI:

Check out the UTA alumni:

Recent Grad Joins KCEN-TV

Posted February 13, 2019 by Brian Horton in category alumni

ARLINGTON, Texas- Nick Tarrant, 2018 broadcast and journalism alumnus, accepted a Multiplatform Producer position at KCEN-TV in Temple, Texas, in November.

Tarrant began working at KCEN-TV attempting to find ways to adapt to changes in the audience and reaching viewership on different media platforms.

Six months after graduation, along with KCEN-TV Tarrant received offers from two other television stations in Midland and Lubbock, Texas. However, he felt KCEN-TV was the right distance from his family and the right fit to expand his career, according to Tarrant.

“It’s a lot of balancing between two or three different kinds of jobs,” Tarrant said. “I knew that it would teach me a lot about the TV business and the direction it is going in.” To see more of Tarrant’s work go to

Arlington chapter of NAACP appoints UTA alumna as second vice president

Posted February 13, 2019 by Brian Horton in category alumni

ARLINGTON, Texas --Shunkecia Lewis, a 2014 public relations graduate, assumed the office of second vice president of the Arlington chapter of the NAACP on January and has been accepted into the NAACP Next Generation Young Professional Leadership Training Program.

This is a leadership program for NAACP members between the ages of 21 and 35, so they can assume NAACP leadership roles.

She was nominated into the program by Arlington NAACP President Alisa Simmons.

“If more young people saw that they can take leadership roles in the oldest, boldest coldest civil rights organization in America. I believe it will bring a younger wave to the NAACP,” Lewis said.

Lewis currently works at DexYP as a digital web consultant where she helps small and medium-sized businesses thrive using an app created by the company. Her job includes assisting with, coordinating and fulfilling digital products for local businesses.

More information about the Arlington chapter of the NAACP can be found at

A New Sound

Posted February 13, 2019 by Brian Horton in category alumni

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Washington Post hired 2017 alumna Linah Mohammad as associate producer for its new podcast “Post Reports,” which debuted in December.

Mohammad double majored in journalism and broadcasting and double minored in Arabic and political science. With a goal of becoming an international correspondent, she was looking for a full-time position in contrast to her contract-based position at NPR.

“Being part of the team that launched the podcast was absolutely exciting,” Mohammad said. “You’re getting to create something from scratch, and you have an input and say on what the final product will sound like.”

Post Reports can be found on any podcast hosting app or at:

UTA Students Cover Bowl Game

Posted February 13, 2019 by Brian Horton in category newsbrief

ARLINGTON, Texas - Broadcast Communication Specialist, Lance Liguez discussed the UTA Radio’s cover of the Notre Dame v. Clemson football game at AT&T Stadium last December.

The students covered the game were Eduardo Cardenas and Creighton Branch both double majors of journalism and broadcasting and both expected to graduate in fall 2019.

“The goal is to provide students with more experience,” Liguez said of covering games.

With UTA Radio Sports, students get a chance to cover any college football game that is hosted by AT&T Stadium.

“UTA students watch the game, and after the game the students go down to get some sound of the press conference of the coaches and one student puts a recap and puts that on our website,” Liguez said.

“Clemson beat Notre Dame 30-3,” according to UTA Radio Sports Twitter.

Liguez has been the adviser for UTA Radio since 2009 and worked for WBAP-AM as a reporter from Sept. 1996 to Aug. 2009.

Follow up on the latest sports updates on Twitter @UTARadio.