A Grambling State University junior is named Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
Maurice Tandy-Patton received the award during LAB’s Prestige Awards Luncheon, Thursday in Lafayette.
Tandy-Patton won this year’s competition, which included both professional and student journalists from throughout the state.
The Prestige Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by Louisiana radio and television broadcasters, was established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity.
For the 20-year old Cincinnati, Ohio, native, the award is more than a tribute to his hard work with KGRM, Grambling’s radio station that serves the North Louisiana I-20 corridor. Tandy-Patton’s recognition as an on-air announcer also shares a testament to the perseverance he learned early in life while facing some seemingly insurmountable odds.
Tandy-Patton shares he had limited contact with his mother, who was addicted to drugs and he was forced to live in numerous shelters with his father. When he was only eight years old, his father developed kidney disease and later in 2015 lost his life after battling lung cancer.
Tandy-Patton says,“I am very honored and grateful to receive this award. I love broadcasting, particularly radio and the opportunity to be an announcer of KGRM, our campus radio station. This experience has been very rewarding and educational.”
Tandy-Patton maintains a 3.4 grade point average. His ultimate dream is to become a professional broadcaster with a mission to keep the community in which he serves informed of current and important issues and events.
Tandy-Patton is a former contributing writer for the campus newspaper, The Gramblinite, and a member of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College.