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Professor Joseph Rinehart

Assistant Professor of Communication, Department Chair, Director of Broadcasting


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience

  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2005 – present, Director of Broadcasting and Instructor of Communication; on-air personality for WNZR Radio
  • Clear Channel Radio (North Central Ohio), 2001-2005, General Manager for WMVO/WQIO/WWBK/WBZW and Program Director for WQIO-FM
  • WMVO/WQIO Radio (Mt. Vernon), 1991-2001, Sports Director and On-Air Personality
  • WSYX-TV (Columbus), 1991- Intern in Sports Department
  • WOCC-TV (Westerville) 1990- Summer Production Staff
  • WFOB Radio (Fostoria) 1989- Summer employee

Professional Organizations:

  • National Religious Broadcasters, Intercollegiate Committee, 2012-present
  • National Religious Broadcasters
  • Ohio Association of Broadcasters

Awards and Recognition:

  • Associated Press (Ohio) “Best Continuing Coverage” for Small Market Radio,
  • Food for the Hungry Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award, 2003, 2022
  • American Red Cross Humanitarian Hero Award, 2010
  • MVNU Excellence in Advising and Retention Award, 2009-2010
  • Dan Emmett Community Service Leadership Award, 2011

Published Works & Presentations:

  • Supervising director/producer for live video streaming of MVNU athletics and campus chapel services, 2010-present;
  • Reader for MVNU Commencement, 2011-present
  • Writer/Editor of “In Memoriam” video for Knox County’s Food for the Hungry drive, 2009, 2011 and 2013

Community Involvement:

  • Knox County Food for the Hungry Partner Board, 1997-present
  • Mount Vernon Music & Arts Festival Board, 2003-present
  • Co-Master of Ceremonies (with wife Marcy) for Knox County Junior Miss, 2003-present
  • Judge for Ohio Junior Miss at-large, 2005 and 2006
  • Honorary Chair for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive
  • Past participant in CareNet Walk for Life, Knox County Walk for Diabetes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl-a-thon, & Mount Vernon Middle School Career Day



  • M.A. in Communication, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan
  • B.A. in Speech Communication/Broadcasting, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio (1991)

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