Graduate of Columbus State Community College and Otterbein University Wins Podcast Award

Posted Oct 18, 2022

The main character in the newest season of the Retrospection Radio Theatre podcast is described by the show’s writer, producer, and talent as “a 9-to-5 guy…who’s lived the same life for so long that only a chance encounter with a newspaper story predicting the future drives him toward change and growth.”

The nostalgic radio podcast — a blend of dramatic storytelling, voice acting, and musical score and sound effects — was selected Sept. 10 as the 2022 Podcast of the Year by Columbuspodcastawards.com.

The multi-season show is the solo creation of Noah Martin, a 2020 graduate of Columbus State who completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media communication in spring 2022 at Otterbein University, a Columbus State Preferred Pathway partner.

Martin says his ability to accept change, and even lean into it, was the secret to his own growth during college. Though he faced mental health struggles and COVID-era headaches as a transfer student, he persevered — and then some.  Just a few months after graduation, he is already managing both a successful multimedia freelance business and an award-winning podcast.

“If it weren’t for some bad things that happened to me,” Martin said, “I wouldn’t have started creating my own path.”

His own path started with online classes at Columbus State and then hands-on courses in video, audio and music production at Otterbein, along with a radio show on the student station, WOBN.

“It was the freedom that Columbus State had that allowed me to continue my passion for storytelling and photography,” he said.

“At Otterbein I developed not only a wide variety of multimedia software skills, but also learned the importance of networking, especially with faculty.”

About a video production class taught by Assistant Professor Mike Moon, Martin said “I realized I could do photography and videography and audio and more in order follow my own creative passions.”

Moon also taught him the importance of close relationships with faculty, he added. “I would stay late with Moon and chat with him until 8 or 9 o’clock, even though classes ended hours before.”

His college experience also taught Martin that, unlike his character, he is not a 9-to-5 guy. He said he is happy only when his work is varied and creative, something he found possible in the 2+2 program and now as a freelance creator.

“Life is just a bunch of happy accidents,” he said. “Because of those accidents, I was free to be creative.”

In other podcast success news, Jean Kelly, associate professor of journalism and media communication, won Best Podcast in the society and culture category for Read. Pray. Write. Her show features brief guided meditations with author-voiced readings from current books about spirituality. It is an extension of her work as a freelance religion journalist.’

Martin and Kelly follow in the footsteps of alumnus Matt Lofy, a 2008 graduate of the department. His Dadass Podcast, which offers advice and support to young parents, won Podcast of the Year in 2021.  Lofy is executive director of the Worthington Chamber of Commerce.

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