KWC student wins award at BEA Media Arts Festival 2021


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Taleno wins 2nd place for best comedy or drama in student audio production

Lain Taleno, a junior communication arts student at Kentucky Wesleyan College, recently won second place for Best Comedy or Drama in Student Audio Production at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2021 Festival of Media Arts.

In conjunction with the school‘s WKWC 90.3 FM station, Taleno produced and directed a broadcast production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Tolling Bell” for Halloween 2020.

The winners were presented at a virtual awards ceremony on March 1, 2021.

“The entire communications department is especially proud of Lain for the hard work and dedication it took to produce such a radio production,” said Derik Hancock, WKWC 90.3 Director and KWC Communications Instructor. “I have walked him through the audio production process and he produced a professional product that we can all be proud of. I am especially proud of my students for the work they do for WWWC.

Taleno directed and produced the play with guidance from Hancock. The cast included Ricky Simpson as Dr Watson, Taleno as Sherlock Holmes, Logan Reed as Gillian, KWC Vice President of Student Affairs, Rebecca McQueen-Ruark as Ms Mitchol, Macy Dame as Ms Lakeland / Mary, Nathanial Varney as Tom Lakeland and Hancock as Announcer / Bell.

KWC’s Isaiah Calalang was nominated in the PSA, Promo or Commercial category for his production of “Crime Stoppers Tip of the Week” for the Owensboro Police Department. Calalang and Wish Read, both Las Vegas students, were nominated in Specialty Program & Podcasts.

To listen to Taleno’s production as well as other student-produced podcasts and more, visit


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