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APSU, community and Bikers Who Care to honor the late John Moseley

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The late John W. Moseley will be honored during halftime of Austin Peay State University’s men’s basketball game against UT Martin on Thursday, Feb. 5. A check presentation will be made by Bikers Who Care (BWC) to complete a scholarship endowment and establish the John W. Moseley Media Room, located on the second level of APSU’s Dunn Center. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The late John W. Moseley will be honored during halftime of Austin Peay State University’s men’s basketball game against UT Martin on Thursday, Feb. 5. A check presentation will be made by Bikers Who Care (BWC) to complete a scholarship endowment and establish the John W. Moseley Media Room, located on the second level of APSU’s Dunn Center. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

After working in the music and broadcast industries for nearly four decades, Moseley received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Austin Peay. Upon completion of his degrees in 1994 and ’96 respectively, he became a faculty member and served the University for 18 years until his death on February 9, 2014.

Moseley was known for his many talents, but he is most remembered as a cherished colleague and friend. He served as an associate professor of communication at Austin Peay, teaching courses in broadcast media, audio and video production, digital photojournalism and sports broadcasting.  Moseley oversaw numerous student productions of high school graduations and sporting events, APSU Commencements and the broadcast of many NCAA sports events, including APSU athletics and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) games.

Long-time faculty members in the APSU communication department consider Moseley to be the driving force for the highly successful creation of the University’s four cable channels, as well as its audio and video online streaming services. Among his other achievements was the installation of Austin Peay’s "state-of-the-art" $500,000 all-digital video broadcast studio in the Dunn Center, which is used to broadcast many of the Governors’ athletic contests.  He also took a lead role in preparing, wiring and programming the APSU Athletic Department's video screens in the Dunn Center and Governors Stadium

Moseley’s duties extended beyond the University, however. He also enjoyed a long career as a studio musician, including playing keyboard and guitar for The Royal Guardsmen, whose 1966 single “"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" became a national hit. He also produced more than 30 popular record albums as an audio engineer for Warner Brothers records, Catfish Bay Studios in Nashville, Cavern Sound in Independence, MO as well as One-Step Up Studios in Los Angeles. Moseley was nominated for a Grammy for his audio production work and voted on the Grammys for 16 years.  

Moseley was also a writer and producer for Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and served as General Manager of WAPX-FM and News Director of WJZM-AM, two radio stations in Clarksville.  Additionally, Moseley served as Production Manager for Clarksville Cablevision from 1984 to 1991.

“He taught me more than I can ever hope to impact on any of my students,” said Mike Dunn, APSU communication instructor. “His kindness, strength, humor, vast knowledge and immense talent were free gifts to all who knew him.”

APSU professor Pastor David Wesner was a friend to Mosely for over 50 years, and he remembered him as someone who had a passion for educating and enriching the lives of his students.

"John had a huge heart for the 'underdog,' the person everyone else might give up on.” Wesner said. “(Moseley) inspired people’s visions and he was a man of great passion. He encouraged the discouraged, taught the un-teachable and loved the un-lovable. He was a creative genius…He showed students how to believe in themselves."

For more information, contact Bill Persinger, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing at 931-221-7459.