Alumni-Cadet Connection: Cadet Johnston Honored with the 2024 Davison Broadcasting Award

Alumni-Cadet Connection: Cadet Johnston Honored with the 2024 Davison Broadcasting Award

When a cadet attends Missouri Military Academy, he receives support from our faculty, company leadership advisors, coaches, and other staff, and gains a lifelong connection with thousands of alumni brothers worldwide.

The Davison Broadcasting Award is annually presented to the cadet broadcaster who most effectively communicates the MMA story through audio/video communication. It is presented in honor of George Davison, a television and radio broadcaster from the Class of 1968.

Below, read a letter from Davison congratulating Cadet Cooper Johnston '25 from Ardmore, Oklahoma, on earning the 2024 Davison Radio-TV Award. In the feature photo above, MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret), presents Johnston with the award in April 2024.

Dear Cadet Johnston,

Congratulations on receiving the Davison Radio-TV Award during the 2024 end-of-the-year ceremonies at Missouri Military Academy. As the sponsor of the award, I am always interested in the recipients.

The award was established with the help of the late COL Charles R. Stribling III to recognize cadets involved in broadcasting the MMA story on radio and television. At the time, there were no awards to recognize cadets who presented the MMA story on local radio and television.

Back in the 1960s when I attended MMA, two times a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as I recall), there was a short summary of MMA sports broadcast on KXEO Radio by a cadet (I was fortunate to be one of the cadets who wrote and recorded the programs). I would call KXEO with basketball and other sports scores for its broadcasts. Once Robert M. White II, Class of 1933, editor, publisher, and owner of the Mexico Ledger, established a cable television system in Mexico, there was a monthly program called MMA Presents on the cable access channel upon which I served as anchor.

Following graduation from MMA in May 1968, my broadcasting career led me from 500-watt KTTN, Trenton, Missouri (a daytime-only station) to WHO Broadcasting Company in Des Moines, Iowa (50,000-watt clear channel AM station, 100,000-watt FM station, and a television station). I also was assistant news director at KRNT, Des Moines. Then, I went to law school, graduated in 1980, and was admitted to practice in the State of Iowa. I continue to represent individuals who have suffered personal injuries.

Electronic media have changed significantly since my time at MMA. It is my hope that receipt of the Davison Radio-TV Award will spur you to further study of electronic media and inspire your efforts to promote MMA by using the variety of tools which are now available.

Best regards to you.

George Davison, MMA Class of 1968, with grandson Cadet Sean Mumm, MMA Class of 2027

Dean Davison '78, Cadet Sean Mumm '27, and George Davison '68

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