Radio Campus Tour
Radio Brandy, Begins:
It seemed like it took forever to pull everything together, but by early 1996, the plan was in place, and Radio Brandy was formed! Radio Brandy, as you might of guessed! is named after the girl who inspired and taught us so much. Before Brandy!  Most of us, who lived in our sheltered middle class communities, were completely clueless about just how bad some children have it growing up.

Construction Starts:
Radio Brandy's mission was to create an  experience for our first guest/student, that was much better experience than Brandy had back in 1992. With the main difference: We would be much better prepared this time.

Priorities First :
Radio Brandy, wanted to be ready for our first guest/student on short order.  We started by acquiring 40 acres, in a somewhat isolated location in Arizona; Where land was cheap, but still less than a half hour from town.

Living quarters:
 Four single-wide trailers were acquired, which made for a quick set up.  Drilling a well, and setting up generators for power was completed, before the trailers arrived, and set in place.  For communications, Cell phone service in 1996 was not available in the area; so Radio Brandy, pressed CB radios into service. The CB radios, were cheap and provided a good signal all the way into town.

The Last Step:
The broadcast facility had to be built. To get us started, we acquired a single wide office trailer, turning it into a pretty nice starter studio; complete with a BE console, 6 ITC Delta cart machines, and three rim drive turntables. Shows were recorded on JVC Hi-Fi VCR's, besides high quality sound, a character generator could be used to record program info and a countdown clock on the screen.

Almost Ready:
Before we were able accept our first guest at the ranch! We had to make a trip to town and stock up on basic supplies. With that done and the completion of our temporary housing and broadcast facility; we were ready to begin welcoming our first guest/students.

Advice From Experience:
Our consultant, taught us several important lessons (that our law enforcement friends confirmed). Abusers, will go to the ends of the earth, to track down their victims; sparing no expense. Eliminating a potential witness, for them is priority one! Then there are the abusers who try to con their victim to return  for more abuse.

Campus Rules:
Following our consultant's advice, we had to set some basic ground rules to make the radio campus effective and safe.

1. The Ranch had to be absolutely secure from all intruders.
2. The fewer the people who knew our location the better!
3. No unplanned guest, or visitors.
4. The students had to feel safe and secure for it to work.
5. For legal reasons; the student must be 18.
6. NO DRUGS on the Radio Campus period!

More Input:
Our consultant advised us that a girl's preferred method of transportation was with a truck driver.  With that in mind; a visit was made to our local truck stop just off a busy interstate. Flyers with information about Radio Brandy, and its mission were handed out to truck drivers along the interstate. After reading the flyer; drivers were eager to get involved! Drivers gave safe rides to girls on the run all the time anyway! Truckers were given a channel on the CB radio to contact us on.

The First! Guest/Student:
It was less than a week when we got a call on the CB, informing us we had a potential guest. Arrangements were made to meet at the truck stop where the transfer was made. Sara became our first guest/student in the spring of 1996. Sara, was not alone for very long as the guest list grew rather quickly. We soon realized Brandy was not alone! Abusive & troubled homes are spread all over the country, and from all economic backgrounds.

Coming Empty Handed:
We knew most of our guest, would arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The early supporters of Radio Brandy, planned early on to provide room and board at little or no cost to the students. In exchange for room and board, the students are expected to help take care of the grounds.
The average stay for a student is from three to four years, depending on the skills they are wishing to learn. Most students leave, wishing to start their own business ventures, ranging from starting their own radio stations including: Internet, podcast and part 15 am. Other students end up in IT departments, doing voice work, audio and video production.
Radio Brandy, helps get these new ventures off the ground, by providing web hosting, domain registrations, basic office equipment and broadcast equipment, for those starting their own ventures.

Covering All The Bases:
To keep the students focused on broadcasting instead of sowing their wild oats and turning the campus into a mini Woodstock. The student housing is segregated with males being at the opposite end of the females on the ranch. So far it has worked out pretty good. With well over 700 students passing through the ranch over the years, like any other campus, romance was bound to happen. We know of twenty relationships, that developed here on the ranch, ending up in marriage, with over thirty children owing their very existence to the radio campus. The divorce rate of the students stands at zero, not bad for one radio campus.

Radio Brandy's Radio Campus Expands:
The Radio Campus began in 1996, with the basic necessities: Simple housing, and a broadcast studio. Since our first students arrived at our radio campus twelve years ago, the radio campus has evolved into it's present setting, with dramatically expanded and improved housing facilities. Buildings for studios, engineering, and workshops, solar power, and a wind generator. Walkways, gardens, and trees have been planted to make if feel more like home, and a more enjoyable working broadcast facility. We have also improved communications over the years, and other creature comforts. In recent years, Radio Brandy has added a little store, above ground pool, and a playground for kids, and a daycare center, just in case it's needed.

Since 1996! Radio Brandy, has continued to serve those in need, without ever taking a single dime from the government. The non profit Radio Brandy broadcast workshop; relies solely on generous donations from citizens like you, who want to make a difference, realizing our program is a positive way to solve a serious and ever growing problem in our society.

About Radio Brandy, our beginnings, mission, and how it all works behind the scenes.
Radio Campus  Sunset
Keeping It Going:
For our mission to continue, Radio Brandy, more than ever; needs your generous financial support.

Donations of goods, are always greatly appreciated. For a list of items Radio Brandy, and it's students could use; go here.

With your generous support, our growth and expansion will continue to give new hope & improve lives for the better!
If you are interested in contributing to the Radio Brandy Broadcast Workshop.
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About the RADIO BRANDY Radio Campus
The Radio Campus is a fully self-contained broadcast training facility; Radio Brandy provides students with housing, food & clothing in addition to the training.

Students for the most part have just turned 18 just leaving foster care with no place to turn or victims of exploitation and abuse.

Our intervention program provides a safe alternative to prostitution and drug abuse and other crime. Coming to us from around the country, most arrive with only the clothes on their backs. Students leave with poise, confidence, and motivation, along with marketable skills.

The average stay for our students is 3-4 years. All at little or no cost to the student.

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 twenty 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 on 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, 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.

Students become able to list and explain the various functions under control of the Program Director and differentiate between formats used in large and small radio markets. The student should be able to explain the various methods of station promotion, types of contests and the procedures and rules pertaining to them. They should also have an understanding of the techniques and procedures of network, syndication, satellite, news, talk, sports, special events, public service  and music programs.

Formatics in Radio
Students learn the use and design of hour clocks in the practical application of the elements that constitute a radio broadcast format. The students must be able to explain how each of these elements differs in use in each of the radio formats in the market.

Surveys and Demographics
Students learn the methods of measurement used by broadcasters to evaluate the function of the station's overall operation. This includes Arbitron ratings and telephone research conducted by stations.

The student learns the duties and operation of the Traffic Department. This includes being able to list the elements and procedures of log-keeping and being able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining to traffic control and standards of performance. It includes the scheduling of commercials by date, time and percentage of play.

The duties and responsibilities of the Promotions Director are explained to the students. They will learn the relationship of the promotions department to the management, sales department and air staff of the radio station.

Rules and Regulations
The student will receive an overview of the rules and regulations governing licenses, measurements, log and record keeping, political broadcasts, and lottery laws. The students will learn the role of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Radio. Students will be provided the forms necessary to obtain an FCC restricted radio telephone operators permit.

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.

Basic Announcing
The student learns the qualifications and requirements of the radio announcer. They will develop their skills of announcing and learn the various techniques of delivery and procedures according to accepted standards.

Advanced Air-Personality Performance
By this point the student should be able to perform to high, local broadcast standards in the role of audio operator, "DJ" air talent, and in varied format situations. They will be able to demonstrate a mastery of and professional proficiency in all function of an entry level on-air radio position.

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.

Advanced News Performance
Students must be able to perform to a high level of local broadcast standards in the role of a news person, in the music station environment, and demonstrate a professional proficiency in selecting, writing, editing and presenting news to our Radio Brandy audience.

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.
The job and duties of a copywriter is explained to the students. Elements of good writing are discussed. Students write commercial scripts for recording, maintaining continuity and learning radio commercial sales basics.
Voice-over Commercials
The student learns to perform to acceptable standards as voice-over talent, presenting various techniques, using different types of copy and displaying a knowledge of voice-over requirements. Students become able to list the different classifications of commercials and explain the differences in vocal delivery and styles.

Multi-track Production
Students must be able to perform to high, local standards in the role of production-person and demonstrate the ability to utilize a four-track production studio to produce professional quality commercials and promotions. Equipment includes the use of digital editors, sound effects processors, digital storage and transfer as well as analog tape editing and splicing.

Digital Production
Students must be able to perform in the role of production-person and demonstrate the ability to utilize a Korg Soundlink 8-track digital audio workstation to produce professional quality commercials and promotions. They must also be able to transfer digital audio to analog systems, and analog to digital, through the use of digital audiotape (DAT) and minidisc digital recording media, as well as automated digital transfers.

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.
Because of the current economic conditions and declining job market, Radio Brandy is encouraging students to go into business for themselves. Starting their own neighborhood or speciality radio station is a great start. Radio Brandy provides assistant with refurbished equipment and free web hosting to help our young entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.
    Radio Brandy Continues To Evolve And Grow!
   Because of the economic climate, we are evolving and refocusing our students in a new direction. Instead of the students looking to work for others, who are not hiring anyway with the mass layoffs in traditional broadcasting. It's a real bloodbath out there as many of you already know! The students will focus on owning their own radio stations or broadcast related companies.  Niche and specialty/ utility broadcasting is a virtually untapped market and easy to walk into cost wise; think of it as home based broadcasting.

   Some basic definitions: Utility broadcasting is talking; cars, signs, houses etc. supercharged to cover larger areas. Niche broadcasting is programming targeting a smaller audience, or short term broadcasting like covering a high school football game. There is nice income potential selling advertising, renting out the broadcast equipment and talent.  Our students are better prepared than those coming out of traditional broadcast schools to be their own bosses.

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