The 4th annual GAB Radio Talent Institute returns to the campus of the University of Georgia.
John Dimick VP of Programming for Cumulus begins the ten day institute with the opening session and will be followed over the ten days by 40 broadcasters teaching all sessions. These broadcasters are coming from Cox Media, iHeartMedia, CBS, Beasley, Radio One, Entercom, Alpha Media, and others as well as the Atlanta Hawks, and the Atlanta Braves marketing and broadcasting departments.
College students have been accepted into the Institute from UGA, as well as from eight other schools in the state and region and will be immersed in all things radio including on-air, programming, news, sports, digital/social media, production, engineering, promotions and sales, with each student becoming certified as a Radio Marketing Professional by the RAB. The Institute will conclude with Bill Hendrich Executive VP of Cox Media doing the session “Now is the Time to Start Thinking Like a Pro.”
All sessions take place on the UGA campus except for one day with the broadcasting and marketing departments of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves. The students are back on campus the next day as the live studio audience for the V103 morning show, The Ryan Cameron Show with Wanda Smith.
Bob Houghton, President of the GAB commented, “I knew we needed this, but even then didn’t realize how special it is until going through the experience of the Institute. Broadcasters from all over the state come and give their time and expertise. These students will be the leaders in our business 10, 20, 30 years from now; we have a great deal of pride in what we are accomplishing.”
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Dean, Charles Davis commented, “The GAB Radio Talent Institute is a great asset, a great event introducing students to broadcasting careers. It is a wonderful addition to our offerings.”
To date, the students completing an Institute have begun their career in radio or a related field and have gone on to work for CBS, iHeart, Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, Entercom, Cumulus, Commonwealth Communications, Greater Media, Curtis Media, Forever Communications, CNN, IMG College Radio Network, and others.
“This is a dynamic industry”, stated Dan Vallie, President and Founder of the National Radio Talent System. “It shows how much people in our industry love what we do, take pride in being in broadcasting and, more importantly, will do what it takes to ensure we have bright young talent in the industry today and that we thrive on into the 21st century. We are building the talent farm the industry has always needed, now more than ever.”
The GAB Radio Talent Institute is the first of seven Radio Talent Institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System, followed by the inaugural TAB Radio Talent Institute at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in North Carolina; Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University; Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University and then the inaugural MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University.
This innovative concept has the broadcast profession, the universities, and the National Radio
Talent System working together to discover, teach and develop students to bring fresh talent
into the industry today to prepare the next generation of broadcast leaders for tomorrow. It’s the first program of its kind in the world, and broadcasters agree it is long overdue.
Individual broadcasters, groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio
Talent System™ in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their
state and region should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828-262-
1502 or go to www.NationalRadioTalentSystem.com