Donald W. Connelly
Donald W. Connelly, Raytown South High School, Class of 1968
From broadcaster, to producer, to programmer, to manager, to textbook writer, to professor, Donald Connelly is a true radio man. The only university professor in the United States to hold the certification of Radio Marketing Expert as accredited by the Radio Advertising Bureau, Connelly will now hold a place in the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2008.
Connelly attended then Central Missouri State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Arts in Mass Communications. He served as Instructional Services Coordinator, and designed, produced, and coordinated radio programs for the university’s 100,000-watt public radio station.
Connelly was the Operations Director at KLDN-FM in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and then served as General manager in Buffalo, Missouri; Eustis, Florida; Leesburg, Florida; and Ocala, Florida. In Orlando, Florida, Connelly served as an anchor, writer, and producer, and did freelance work for CBS Radio, New York, BBC World News Service, and BBC Belfast. With Florida’s Radio Network and Clear Channel Communications , he was the Affiliate Relations Director to over 80 affiliates.
He was a visiting professor of electronic media at Western Carolina University, where he taught and maintained Killian audio and video labs.
Currently, Connelly is the Director of Broadcasting and an Associate Professor of Communication at Western Carolina University. He was named the Department Head of the Department of Communication in August 2007. He is the author of the textbook, Digital Radio Production, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education Division. Among his honors are the Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Film, Video, and Media Arts in 2007, and the Chancellor’s Meritorious Service to Students Award.
Connelly and his wife Debra have a daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Mike Little , and a grandson, Nolan, from North Carolina.