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Mr. Habtom Keleta, a native of Ruston, La, entered the Dillard Bleu Devil family in June 2012. After graduating from Ruston High School in 2002, he received a band scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. While in college, he began his broadcasting career by doing color commentary for the Arkadelphia Badgers football team.
At Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), Mr. Keleta moved forward in planning his career. He covered sports and campus news for the school's newspaper, The Signal. By his junior year in college, he was a key component of the woodwind section by playing alto saxophone in the university's marching band, and also playing baritone saxophone during concert season. He excelled to Sports Editor of The Signal, play-by-play commentator for the OBU Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball teams, and was play-by-play commentator for the Arkadelphia Badgers and Lady Badgers basketball teams.
In May 2006, Mr. Keleta received his Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication, with a minor in Speech Communications from Ouachita Baptist University. Shortly after graduation, he began working for various radio stations in Arkansas.
In the fall of 2009, Mr. Keleta was hired as Sports Information Director (S.I.D.) at Wiley College (Home of the Great Debaters) in Marshall, Texas. During his three years here, he gained valuable knowledge and experience while furthering his career at this HBCU. He was also very innovative as he created the hit show "Halftime w/ Habtom," a 30 minute sports radio talk show on KBWC 91.1 which featured student-athletes, coaches, and students from the College.
In December of 2013, Mr. Keleta graduated with a Master's degree in Communications from Grambling State University.
Mr. Keleta is a proud member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and a member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).