Indiana State University Sycamores Kurt Darling, Cole Smith and AJ Patiag were selected as finalists of two categories in the College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Production Awards.

“As part of the Student Media team at Indiana State University, we are proud to announce the accomplishments of these three students and the WISU station for the hard work they pursued to achieve these awards,” said Richard Green, WISU-FM manager.

The CBI National Student Production Awards are staged each year bringing in many students and advisers from across the country.

CBI represents students in television, broadcasting, radio, social media and other electronic media sources.

They promote student success and active involvement in the media setting.

CBI finalists compete against three others in their same category for the award. The awards will be announced in October at this year’s convention in Seattle.

Darling, news and sports operations director for WISU, is a finalist in the category for Best Sports Reporting.

He has been with WISU for four years and this is his first award in the CBI event. He is a finalist in the category for his daily sports report on local college and professional teams around the area. 

Darling is a senior at Indiana State and is majoring in communication with a minor in education. He is from Brownsburg, and wishes to be a play-by-play sports analyst and also coach track and field on the side.

Smith and Patiag, program director for WISU, are the finalists in the category of Best Public Service Announcement with their clip about bullying.

Smith and Patiag have also been with the WISU station for four years and nominated for their first award from the CBI event.

Smith is a senior at ISU and is majoring in communication with a minor in sociology. He is from Crawfordsville, and wishes to pursue a career in the gaming industry after he graduates.

Patiag also is a senior at ISU and is majoring in communication with a minor in marketing. He is from Indianapolis, and wishes to tour with his band and work in a productions studio for both film and radio after he leaves ISU.

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