Southeastern News

Southeastern student to receive broadcasting scholarship

Jesse Risner is shown at work in the studio.

Jesse Risner is shown at work in the studio.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University junior Jesse Risner is one of only six students to receive an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) scholarship for 2018-2019.

The scholarships are memorials named for Oklahoma broadcasters – Risner, from Durant, will receive the Mark Rawlings Scholarship.  Rawlings’  broadcasting career began in 1981 and he was very active with OAB, serving on the board or directors and chairman of the awards committee for two years.

The scholarships will be officially presented in April at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters convention in Tulsa.  Risner and five other Southeastern students will be attending workshops, meeting industry professionals and having their production work evaluated in an annual competition during the two-day event.

Risner has distinguished himself in audio and video production while at Southeastern. He has launched his own media company, and is on the staff of campus radio station KSSU.

His various duties include facilitating station training focused on FCC compliance, along with station rules and production best practices. Risner also assists in live remotes, Office of Student Affairs events, assists department promotion and recruiting, as well as serving as on-air talent and producer and working with community organizations in need.

“Jesse is without question a student I can hand an assignment to and know that it will be seen all the way to completion with creativity and passion, ” said Dell McLain, who  serves as Southeastern Director of Broadcasting.

After earning his degree, Risner plans to join his brother Tanner (another Southeastern grad) in Los Angeles working in media production.

Also receiving scholarships were students from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University.