BETHANY, W.Va. - On Aug. 6-7, Bethany College Senior Communication majors, Jason Brun of Bethany; Brian Cook of Wheeling; and Professor of Communication and General Manager of TV3, Dr. Russell Cook, attended the 59th annual West Virginia Broadcaster's Association (WVBA) meeting at The Greenbrier.
The event began with a Hawaiian-themed reception and dinner sponsored by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). The event gave students a chance to network with many different radio station owners and public officials, including West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III.
The keynote speaker was Bob Orr, a 1975 cum laude graduate of Bethany College, from the CBS Nightly News. Orr's primary work, since the September 11th attacks, is homeland security with an emphasis on aviation and terrorism. He spoke individually with the Bethany students and faculty on the important role the College played in his life. Orr also stressed how important internships and work experiences are for students. Orr got his start as a reporter at WTRF-TV in Wheeling.
Following the dinner, BMI songwriter Phil Collins entertained the group. The following day was highlighted with a roundtable discussion with Gov. Manchin.
"It was a great opportunity to get to meet the Governor and meet with people in the broadcasting business. I enjoyed our time and thank WVBA for giving us the opportunity to attend the event," Brun said.