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Department Faculty

LeahyBrendan Leahy
Communications Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Communications
(618) 239-6260

Brendan Leahy is an award-winning filmmaker and video artist based in the St. Louis area. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking from Columbia College Chicago. After relocating from Chicago to St. Louis, he worked with the Missouri Botanical Garden and assisted in a variety of video and audio projects including the Whitaker Music Festival, Classic99’s  radio broadcast “From the Garden – Live”, and a video showcase of the popular Japanese Festival. Leahy has also directed video projects for the University of Minnesota, working with scholars, artists, and newsmakers such as former vice president Walter Mondale and the pioneering punk rock group The Suicide Commandos. Recently, he served as a faculty member at MCAD and Washington University in St. Louis teaching filmmaking, video production, and digital photography. He has directed many short films, and his creative work has been exhibited in galleries and film festivals throughout the region including the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Tom CalhounTom Calhoun
Director of Radio Operations
(618) 239-6240

Tom Calhoun has been prominent in St. Louis-market broadcasting for more than four decades. He has an MA in Communications from Lindenwood University and a BS in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University. His experience includes play-by-play on hundreds of professional, college, and high school sports broadcasts. He is currently a part-time anchor and host at KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis”, and has been an on-air talent and manager at several other prominent St. Louis-market stations. Calhoun’s radio experience includes a stint as “Friday” the intern for “The Jim White Show” on KMOX in 1972 in which he “got” a famous interview with the late Jimmy Hoffa. He has worked alongside legendary broadcasters Jack Buck, Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Dan Dierdorf, Dan Kelly, John Kelly, Ken Wilson, Ron Jacober, Joel Myers, Dewayne Staats, Dan McLaughlin, and many others. Tom has been the public-address announcer at St. Louis Blues hockey games since 1987 and has performed in that role for more than 1050 consecutive games. He has also been the PA voice of Gateway Grizzlies baseball since 2003. His voice is prominent on regional and national commercials and industrial videos through his work as a freelance artist with the Talent Plus agency. Calhoun is a SAG-AFTRA cardholder and former member of its St. Louis chapter Board of Directors.

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