The family of Springfield-area Broadcaster Bob Murray saw a scholarship awarded in Murray's name at the INBA Spring Convention. Murray died in February after a brief illness. His was one of five scholarships presented on April 12 in Peoria.
Andrew Bacon – Western Illinois University
Bacon’s interest in broadcasting goes back to the eighth grade when he was looking at high school class offerings and a sports broadcasting class jumped out at him. He will graduate next year from Western Illinois University, at which point he is considering graduate school. He would also like to work as a video producer for an Athletic Department or a professional team.
Lise Graham – University of Illinois
Graham has spent the spring studying in the UK, but has continued her love of music and sounds by working on the radio at her university there. She also works at WPGU on the University of Illinois campus, and WLTL at home in LaGrange. Graham is graduating next May and would love to do a fellowship with NPR in D.C. following graduation.
Ryan Huffer – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Huffer loves sports, and that’s what drew him to broadcasting. He says he has always loved listening to the broadcasters on the radio and TV, and would love to be one of those guys who gets to watch sports and get paid for it. He is from Lincoln, and will graduate next year from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Chris Newman – Illinois State University
Newman has just accepted a full-time job as a producer at WMBD-TV in Peoria, where he’s been interning. At Illinois State University, he produced and anchored for TV-10 News and was the News Director at WZND radio. He also covered movie news for both outlets.
Christa Shavers – Public Affairs Reporting Program at University of Illinois-Springfield
Shavers is earning a Master’s Degree from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois-Springfield. She was attracted to broadcasting because she likes informing people of what is going on in the community. She started this as an undergrad at Illinois State University’s WZND radio and TV-10 News. She has been interning with WICS-TV in Springfield and hopes to continue working there.