In this undated photo, MTSU students Chris Burnette (left) and Justin Beasley discuss sports during their radio talk show, "BB Show," which airs on WMTS 88.3 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
Fans now have another option to get news and opinion from the world of sports through Middle Tennessee State University, where are a pair of students are in the running for one of the top awards in college radio for their talk show, "Beasley and Burnette."
Justin Beasley and Chris Burnette have been nominated for an Intercollegiate Broadcast Station award for the best College Sports Talk program.
The award will be given out Saturday, March 2, as part of the 73rd IBS Conference, which will be held in New York City at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Both men said they were excited and shocked when they learned that their show was selected to compete against four other shows from around the nation.
“I was actually sitting in (the) Mass Communication (Building) working on a project when the manager of the station came up to me and congratulated me for the nomination,” Burnette said. “I was unaware of it at the time, and I immediately called Justin and told him about the nomination. We were both really excited and honored.”
Beasley added, “It was a very humbling experience. It's good to know my show is one of the top five in the country as far as sports talk goes. I've always wanted to be better than my competition at MTSU, but more so better than the competition in the rest of the country. After all, it's the rest of the country I will be competing against in the real world for a job. God has blessed me with a lot of resources and opportunities at MTSU.”
WMTS and MT10 faculty advisor Robert Jasso said he believes their energy and passion for sports is one of the main reasons their show was selected for the nomination.
“Those two men love sports,” Jasso said. “They know what they are talking about and it shows. As a consumer of sports information, you are not reading a box score, you are not reading a sports writer's opinion, you are listening to two or more sports lovers discuss the games. The show is entertaining.”
The pair said they decided last fall, they wanted to work together on a sports talk show.
“We spent a lot of time working together for the athletic department and butting heads about all things football," Beasley said.
Burnette added the chemistry between the two and rest of the members of the show is one of the reasons it is up for one of the top awards in college radio.
“I think part of the reason the chemistry is so good because we both have a drive and a passion for sports," Burnette said. "Justin and I do not always see eye to eye on sports topics, and I think that adds to the show in a positive way. We feed off each other well and are both capable of carrying on a conversation.”
The show started its new semester Monday on the campus station, WMTS 88.3. It airs from 10 a.m. until noon each Monday. The other members of the show include Jon Burchfield and Tony Abati.
Four other schools, University of Tennessee-Martin, Goshen College, William Peterson University and North Central College will also be in the running for the award.
To find out more about the show, follow Burnette and Beasley @WMTS_Sports on Twitter.