Broadcast Media Production, Radio Area of Concentration

Associate of Applied Science
woman working a sound board in the MC radio station

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.

Program Outcomes

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.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. 

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

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. .

Curriculum

Suggest Course Sequence: Broadcast Media Production, Radio Area of Concentration

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


All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


  • 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)

Fourth Semester


* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or TVRA 120 , THET 110 or POLI (political science) elective.

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Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.

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