Staff and Faculty
Chuck Hammer is the Program Director. He is a senior Broadcasting major from Martin, Tennessee and is co-host of our sports talk show, the Bench. He is also involved in the Broadcasting Guild and Thunderbolt Broadcasting. Once he graduates, he plans to still work in radio and hopefully become General Manager or owner of a radio station.
Ashleigh Burton is the Production Director. She is a Broadcasting major from South Fulton, Tennessee and is host of our gospel radio show, Morning Glory, and our new EDM show, Skyhawk Street. In her spare time, she works with the Wesley Foundation and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. After she graduates, Ashleigh would like to move to Nashville and transition from radio to television broadcasting. She also just wants to be famous.
Tori Seng is our News Director. She is a junior Broadcasting major from Fulton, Kentucky and currently resides in Union City. She hosts our county news broadcast, For the Record. She is a member of the Undergraduate Alumni Council, Women in Communications, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Upon graduation, she hopes to begin a career in television journalism and eventually work her way up to a television anchor.
Ashley Shores is the Digital Media Director. She is a sophomore Broadcasting major from Lebanon, Tennessee. She hosts our bi-weekly show, SGA Roundup. She is also a member of UTM’s Student Government Association, Women in Communications, and the Undergraduate Alumni Council. She is also a part of the Ned Ray McWherter Institute. After graduation, she plans on becoming a news anchor in Nashville.
Kayla Harmon is the Sports Director. She is a senior Broadcasting major from Lewisburg, Tennessee. She not only hosts our sports talk show, One-on-One, but she also co-hosts the Bench as well. She is a member of the Broadcasting Guild. Upon graduation, she wants to move to Cincinnati to land a job in broadcasting until she can work her way in with Ohio State athletics, the Reds, or the Bengals as a sideline reporter.
Sydney LaFreniere is our Support and Development Director. She is a senior Public Relations major from Idaho Falls and currently resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She not only handles our support and development but also creates PSAs and support announcements. She is also a student ambassador with UT Martin Admissions, and she is currently interning with WLJT as a public relations assistant. She hopes to either work in nonprofit public relations or sales.
Holly Seng is our Business and Traffic Director. She is a freshman Public Relations major from Union City, Tennessee and is the host of Focus on the Faculty. She is also a member of University Scholars, Women in Communications, and UTM’s Student Government Association. After graduating, she hopes to work in public relations for a company.
Julia Ewoldt is our Administrative Assistant. She is a sophomore Broadcasting major from Savannah, Tennessee and host of our bi-weekly show, Let’s Talk Greek. She is also affiliated with University Scholars, Chi Omega, and Letters in Motionl. She hopes to one day be a news anchor for Fox.
Dr. Richard Robinson/Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robinson teaches courses in radio broadcasting and public speaking. He worked in the radio industry for 19 years, including roles as an on-air talent, news reporter, and sales and programming. He also worked in government public relations in the state of Arkansas for 14 years. Robinson holds a bachelor of science journalism from the University of Central Arkansas, a master of arts in journalism (radio-television-film) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Ph.D. in mass communication and media arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Dr. Robert Nanney/Chair: Dr. Nanney is beginning his 22nd year with the department and his 14th year as chairman. He has 15 years’ experience in print journalism as a reporter, photographer, and managing editor. He has won several teaching awards including the Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association and has been a faculty member with the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities (held at UT Martin) for 20 years. He is co-founder of the department’s Media Design sequence. His research specialty is community journalism, and his creative activity involves photojournalism and desktop publishing. He is immediate past president of the UTM Faculty Senate. He holds numerous committee assignments, including the Tennessee Press Association Journalism Committee and the National Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Contemporary Leadership Committee.
Mr. Rodney Freed/Instructor: Mr. Freed has worked in the television industry for over 10 years and was most recently the Director of Production at WBBH-TV (NBC) and WZVN-TV (ABC) in Ft. Myers, Fl. He also actively works with the local PBS affiliate WLJT-TV as a freelance director for the student chapter of the Broadcasting Guild. He holds memberships in the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Mr. Harold Cochran/Senior Broadcasting Engineer: Mr. Cochran joined the Department of Communications in 1999 and serves as the Senior Broadcasting Engineer. Cochran has more than twenty-eight years of electronic experience, more than twenty-three years of that time with the university, and has served the past sixteen years as an engineer for both television and radio in the Department of Communications. He began his electronics career in 1987 with the United States Air Force as a Weather Equipment Technician. After his enlistment, Cochran returned to Tennessee and joined the Tennessee Air National Guard where he was trained as a Communication/Navigation Technician. He joined the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1992 as an Electronic Technician in the Paul Meek Library.