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Donald W. Connelly

Donald Connelly


College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3851
Office: 238 Stillwell Building
Pronouns: he/him/his


Don Connelly teaches courses in broadcasting with specialties in broadcast sales and local and network radio broadcasting. He earned his master's degree in mass communication from the University of Central Missouri and spent 23 years in local and network radio management. The last 18 years of his radio career were in the Orlando, Florida, market. Connelly joined Western Carolina University from iHeartRadio, Inc. Networks. Connelly is the author of Digital Radio Production, fourth edition, a college textbook published by Waveland Press. Connelly's radio production work has been recognized nationally on numerous occasions including five Broadcast Education Association Best of Competition awards and five Broadcast Education Association King Family Foundation Best of Festival Awards and one Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals. He holds professional certifications from the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Radio Advertising Bureau.<br><br>Connelly's work with his students has been recognized at Western Carolina University, having received the Chancellor's Meritorious Service Award to Students.<br><br>Connelly is the faculty adviser for the university's radio station, WWCU FM,


  • MA, Central Missouri State University, Communication
  • BS, Central Missouri State University, Speech and Theatre

Teaching Interests

Radio broadcasting, broadcast and media advertising sales, communication ethics and social responsibility, and media literacy.

Research Interests

Known nationally for historical broadcasting research and for writing and producing award winning creative scholarship. University textbook author.

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