Greyhound Grad and ENMU Professor Win New Mexico Broadcasters Association Awards

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PORTALES, NM (08/24/2017) Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University community won awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association (NMBA) this year: Greyhound Grad Jacob Aranda and Professor of History Dr. Donald Elder III.

Aranda, who grew up in Portales and graduated from ENMU in May, is the first student from ENMU to win a NMBA award. He received the "Student Sportscaster" award for his live broadcasts of the ENMU basketball games.

Elder received two NMBA awards: "Best Sportscast" for the broadcast of the Greyhounds playing New Mexico State University in December 2016 and "Best Sports Show" for a post-game interview Elder did with Josh Prock, coach of the women's basketball team, after his game against the University of New Mexico in November 2016.

Aranda, who worked at KENW as a student, said the award means a lot to him because he would "love to make a name for myself in the broadcast industry somehow involving sports."

Elder said that from the moment he first met Aranda, he could tell that "Jacob possessed the communication skills that would make him an outstanding broadcaster."

"Doc was very easy to work with and always open to any ideas and made everything very fun," said Aranda, who currently works for KFDA News Channel 10 as a news photographer. "I learned from Doc at a young age listening to him call the Portales Rams games when they would travel out of town. My father and I would crank up the radio in the house or the car listening to him."

In 20 years of broadcasting, Elder has won three "Best Sports Show" awards and six "Best Sportscast" awards.

"It was the student-athletes that really won these awards," said Elder. "They supplied heroic exploits, while Jacob and I merely provide words to describe them."