Frater Bode Brooks, (Xi-Theta, University of West Georgia), has recently been nominated as a finalist for Top Collegiate News Director in the country by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. He is one of four finalists for this distinguished award.
Frater Bode Brooks Nominated As A Finalist For Top Collegiate News Director In the Country
"It's been a big deal for me to be nominated. I'd be honored to win this award," Brooks said.
Bode started working in broadcasting when he was 16, as a weekend reporter for WZQZ in Georgia. He slowly worked his way up to working seven days a week for the local radio station.
When he began attending the University of West Georgia in the fall of 2015, he immediately began working for the campus' radio station The WOLF Internet Radio. In the spring of 2016, he was promoted to their News Director position.
Prior to his new role, their news department was vacated and he helped rebuild the department with a small news team interested in journalism as well. He is in charge of managing the team from a news perspective that includes covering everything from local student information to national headlines.
In the Fall of 2016, he began producing "The Power Hour" on The WOLF Internet Radio, an hour long political debate show that airs every Tuesday. Currently pursuing a degree in Mass Communications, he plans to start a career in broadcast journalism after graduation.
Bode does everything from writing, producing and directing the weekly show. He also gets to interview different professors, administrators and even local government officials.
Bode is a Graduate of the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. TKE Leadership Academy XXX from last August, an educational TKE program in Colorado that aided his personal development.
“Leadership Academy helped me reinforce the work ethic that I needed to display in my chapter and community. Making an impact on campus and in the community is important to me. It also inspired me to take pride in my accomplishments.” Brooks said.
Bode doesn't limit his extracurricular activities to only journalism, he currently serves as his chapter's Epiprytanis, is a member of his university's student government and helped start the Fraternal Values society on his campus.
"I have to be very careful with the way I balance my time. I was always involved in extracurricular activities since middle school, but it does get difficult sometimes. I need to meet deadlines and just maintain it one day at a time," Brooks said.
But, through all of his other on-campus activities, he recognizes the special place that TKE has in his life.
"TKE was one of the first organizations that I became a part of in college. I wanted to make connections and I figured the best place was to join a Greek organization. It feels like home and it’s important to me to make a difference in it. It’s something that I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my lifetime and that’s an amazing feeling,” Brooks said.
The recipient of the award for Top Collegiate News Director in the country by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System will be announced on March 4th in New York City.