Broadcast Media Production, Radio Area of Concentration
The DC metropolitan area is the 8th largest radio market in the nation.
Montgomery College offers an opportunity to train on industry-standard equipment and secure an associate’s degree to prepare you to enter the field.
MC’s radio program is a career-focused degree designed to teach you video and audio production skills through hands-on, experience-based classes in radio, sound, and podcast production.
The knowledge and skills you will learn through this program will be of value in commercial, industrial, interactive, and educational media production and distribution.
The associate’s degree will prepare you for a new career, a career change, or you can focus on upgrading your current skills.
Courses include audio production techniques, electronic media, audio documentary, writing for broadcast and new media, radio production, media appreciation, and more.
Student coursework focuses on fundamental recording techniques, creation of radio shows, digital audio editing, commercial production, telephone interviews, long form radio shows, newscasts, sportscasts, advanced music radio announcing, advanced commercial production techniques, and gaining on-air experience as an air personality working for eRadio WMCR.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Record Professional audio in studios, announce booths and on location with a variety of microphones and recording devices.
- Produce professional segments and programs of various lengths for the audio/radio/internet industry.
- Solve technical and logistical problems through planning and preparation to successfully meet production deadlines.
- Create a portfolio that reflects the rapidly changing structure of the radio and sound recording industry and its employment opportunities.
- Write successfully for broadcast and/or new media to engage, inform, or entertain, based on audience research.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.
- Radio Area of Concentration, Broadcast Media Production Program Advising Guide (PDF, )
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Broadcasters peak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests. .
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A suggested two-year course sequence for full-time students in Broadcast Media Production, Radio Area of Concentration
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- MUSC 131 - American Popular Music 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- TVRA 105 - Introduction to Electronic Media 3 semester hours
- TVRA 125 - Audio Production Techniques 4 semester hours
- TVRA 100 - Introduction to New Media 3 semester hours
- TVRA 129 - Writing for Broadcast and New Media 3 semester hours
- TVRA 210 - Audio Documentary 3 semester hours
- English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
- TVRA 134 - Media Appreciation 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- TVRA 220 - Radio Production 4 semester hours
- TVRA 227 - Broadcast Journalism 3 semester hours
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- COMM 109 - Voice and Diction 3 semester hours
- TVRA 239 - Broadcast Management 3 semester hours
- TVRA 255 - Advanced Broadcast Journalism 3 semester hours
- TVRA 260 - Radio Station Operation 3 semester hours
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MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.