Dennis Oneal retires with TAB’s highest honor

Dr. Dennis Oneal (right) receives the highest honor from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.

Dr. Dennis Oneal (right) receives the highest honor from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.

Dennis Oneal, Ph.D., was recently recognized for his outstanding service in the broadcast industry at the 67th Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB) awards in Murfreesboro.

Oneal was presented with the association’s highest honor, the TAB Distinguished Service Award. The award was created in 1974 to honor those who give back to their communities in television and broadcasting.

The longtime MTSU College of Media and Entertainment professor recently retired from teaching after three decades. Oneal taught media management and media law classes and was the executive producer of MTSU’s Electronic Media Communication Productions, where students were handpicked for real-world experience. He also served as the interim EMC department chair for four years.

He was a district representative for the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Education Association, a member of the Murfreesboro Cable Television Commission serving as the MTSU representative, and has taught and volunteered at all levels of education, government and community service.

TAB Chairman Dan Barron with Entercom Communications in Memphis said, “An educator like Dennis Oneal is the lifeblood of our industry. For a well-trained and experienced next-generation staff to keep up the great work being done by the 5,000-plus Tennesseans in our business, we must rely on the dedication and interest of people like Dennis Oneal.”

Oneal was awarded the title professor emeritus upon retirement in August 2015.

For more information on the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, click here.

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