Northeast Broadcasting Student Receives State Scholarship

OMAHA, NE – A Northeast Community College Media Arts – Broadcasting student is one of five college students in Nebraska to receive a scholarship from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Foundation (NBAF). 

Leonard Schaecher, of O’Neill, has been selected for an NBA Foundation Scholarship, and has been awarded $2,500 for demonstrating his significant interest in becoming a future broadcaster.  He was the only two-year student to be awarded the scholarship. 

The NBAF offers scholarships to assist students enrolled in radio and/or television broadcasting journalism education programs at designated colleges, universities or technical colleges in Nebraska.  The applications were reviewed and judged by the NBA board’s Education Committee.

Schaecher will graduate from Northeast this May with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Media Arts – Broadcasting. Following his time at Northeast, Schaecher plans to continue working in the radio industry with management aspirations.  He has been employed part-time at KGRD (Good News Radio) in O’Neill since 2019 and has enjoyed putting the skills he is learning at Northeast to work every weekend.   

In his letter of recommendation for Schaecher, Broadcasting Instructor Brian Anderson wrote:  “In my opinion, Leonard has a promising future in the broadcast industry and exemplifies the characteristics of a broadcast professional.  During this academic year, Leonard has taken on the position of Program Director for our college radio station.  He’s in charge of staffing, checking logs daily, enforcing music formats and making sure we stay on the air.   He is also a team leader, helping other managers and staff members accomplish their goals.  He plays a vital role in our everyday operations.”  

The Northeast Community College broadcasting program has been a member of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association since 2013. Along with scholarship opportunities, the association also provides college students with opportunities to submit entries for awards, network with members of the industry and participate in NBA-funded training. During the spring of 2021, Northeast broadcasting students will participate in the P-1 Learning Broadcast Sales course. The NBA provides funding for the students to take the two-week online course, which gives them a deeper look into the world of broadcasting sales. 

The Northeast broadcasting-radio/TV concentration is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in broadcasting, television and related industries.

Graduates’ skills include radio production and announcing, television production and announcing, newswriting and gathering, scriptwriting, station operations, and broadcast sales.

Broadcasting students build hands-on skills by creating radio and TV programming which is distributed on Northeast Community College’s cable TV channel KHWK/Hawk TV. Career opportunities include audio/video operations, control room technician, station manager, radio and TV announcer, journalist, reporter, and broadcast technician.