BROADCAST WORKSHOP OVERVIEW


Orientation
        Student orientation takes place on the first day of class. Students are told the rules and procedures of the workshop
. This includes dress code, safety procedures and general classroom operation.
        Our workshop is operated as a radio facility that produces up to four hours of programming and five three-minute newscasts a day, every day. We provide programs that are broadcast on independent low to medium powered radio stations around the world and the internet. Students are therefore expected to act and dress as if they were in such a broadcast facility, which they are.
        The basic structure of the broadcast industry is explained, along with the operation of a radio station and their role in a radio station's operation. Orientation continues throughout the student's training as they are introduced to new studios and equipment.

Control Room Equipment and Procedures
        Students learn to have a working familiarity and understanding of the functions of a control console. For new students, this begins on the first day of class. They are shown the operation of the basic production, news and on-air studios. It's necessary, as they will begin using those studios on their second day of class.
        In time, they will learn the characteristics of various microphones and the ability to use them. The student will learn to use turntables, CD players, tape recorders, cart recorders and players, digital audio tape units and minidisc and DAT recorders, as well as two-track digital editors and 8-track digital audio workstations. Students will become able to handle outside originations through the console, as well as all the audio portions of a music show or news program.

Business Aspects of Broadcasting
        The topics of this section include determining the costs and expenses involved in the operation of a radio station, the financial structure, the evaluation of time to the station and its clients. Students learn the procedures and techniques of radio sales and will be able to demonstrate the ability to use maps, rate cards, and contracts in accordance with station practices.

Broadcast Speech
        Students will learn to identify and correct their own vocal deficiencies. They will learn proper breathing techniques, projection, control of loudness, resonance and achieve the ability to vary tone, pitch and pacing. Broadcast News
        Students will learn to differentiate between news, commentary and editorials. They will demonstrate their ability to mark, edit and present news in a manner within acceptable standards. Students will learn the various sources of news and how best to use them. Basic interview techniques and procedures will be covered. Production
        Students learn to select and utilize music and sound effects in the creation of recorded material, such as radio commercials, station promos and public service announcements. They will become capable of editing, splicing, dubbing and overlapping sounds as well as utilize other production techniques, including digital editing, storage and transfer. Job Readiness
        The student must prepare professional quality audition tapes, cover letters, resumes and develop interview capabilities to enable them to attain employment. The student must perform professionally as an intern for the local radio stations with which we have agreements. The student will work with the instructor in a effort to make contacts for securing employment. They will use trade publications, mail and the internet to locate and apply for open positions.



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