Radio Broadcasting

Radio Broadcasting I

Radio Broadcasting I 1-2

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Course Title: RADIO BROADCASTING I 1-2
Course Instructor: Jon Easter
Number of Credits: 2 per semester
Semesters Offered: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Instructor’s Approval and Return Enrollment Information Sheet to Counselor
Eligible Grade Levels: 11th & 12th
Dual Credit: Vincennes University – 3 Credits

Course Description:

Radio Broadcasting I-1/2

Do you have something to say? Do you want to call that ballgame? What about hosting your own radio show or podcast? Are you a larger-than-life personality or do you want to become one?

Less than 200 high schools have on-air radio stations, and the Area 31 Career Center is one of them with 90.9 FM, WBDG. WBDG is a FCC-licensed on-air radio station broadcasting to the Indianapolis area and the world through phone apps and the internet. In this course, you learn the basics of radio station operation, disc jockeying on-air, and putting together radio programming. Much of the emphasis is on live on-air performance, but that’s not all that happens here. If you’re more comfortable behind-the-scenes, there are opportunities for you. In addition to performing on air, students learn the basics of podcasting, audio editing and production, announcing, voice acting, and broadcast writing. Our scholars compete in state and national competitions. They also have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as play-by-play sports announcing and analysis, social media, and radio programming. Scholars who take this challenge learn time management, how to work independently, how to take initiative, and how to grab opportunities and move forward.

  • Host your own radio show
  • Create your own podcast
  • Become a sports play-by-play genius
  • Compete in contests
  • Learn the operations of an FCC-licensed radio station, radio programming, live broadcasting, voice and diction, time management, and teamwork
  • Specialty areas include: play-by-play sports announcing, disc jockeying, voice-over work, voice acting, news announcing and reporting, broadcast writing, fundraising, music production and audio production
  • Learn by doing, by correcting mistakes, and by improvement
  • May require before, during, and after school assignments as a part of the course curriculum

Dual Credit Information

Course Number Course Name Credit Amount College
MCOM 102 Audio/Visual Production 3 Credits Vincennes University

Radio Broadcasting II

Course Title: RADIO BROADCASTING II 1-2
Course Instructor: Jon Easter
Number of Credits: 2 per semester
Semesters Offered: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Radio Broadcasting I
Eligible Grade Levels: 12th
Dual Credit: Vincennes University – 3 Credits

Course Description:

Radio Broadcasting II-1/2

Once you learn the basics in Radio Broadcasting I, you can further apply what you’ve learned in Radio Broadcasting II. This course emphasizes management and leadership opportunities as well as possibilities for job shadowing at local radio stations. You could also become a student leader on the WBDG radio Staff.

  • Host your own radio show or podcast
  • Become the program director of WBDG or accept other leadership positions
  • Job shadowing and possible internship opportunities
  • Compete in contests
  • Continued expansion and specialization of all skills learned in Radio Broadcasting I
  • Day-to-day WBDG management responsibilities
  • Plan and execute promotional events and communicate them over WBDG’s social media platforms
  • May require before, during, and after school assignments as a part of the course curriculum

Dual Credit Information

Course Number Course Name Credit Amount College
MDIA 120 Audio Production I 3 Credits Vincennes University

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Academic Standards for Success

  • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • Plan and develop; draft; revise using appropriate reference materials; rewrite; try a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience; and edit to produce and strengthen writing that is clear and coherent.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple types of authoritative sources, using advanced searches effectively; annotate sources; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; synthesize and integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation (e.g., APA or CSE).
  • Use vocabulary skills, context, roots, prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of words.
  • Understand relationships between and among words, including subject–verb agreement, pronoun reference, and verb form and tense.