Kellar Radio Talent Institute Welcomes 22 Future Broadcasters
July 8, 2013 at 4:10 AM (PT)
Twenty-two aspiring young broadcasters will be taught by some of the best broadcast professionals in the business at this year’s KELLAR RADIO TALENT INSTITUTE that begins TODAY (7/8) on the campus of APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY in BOONE, NC.
Thirty eight radio professionals are teaching the sessions this year, including BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP CEO GEORGE BEASLEY;, SALEM COMMUNICATIONS Chairman STU EPPERSON;, CBS RADIO Pres. DAN MASON; BROOKS PEIRCE LAW's WADE HARGROVE; MORNING SHOW and TALK RADIO BOOT CAMPS' DON ANTHONY; Syndicated Morning Hosts ACE and TJ.
WBT/CHARLOTTE PD JASON FURST and afternooner JOHN HANCOCK will teach News/Talk radio sessions. Programming, promotions and interactive sessions are led by CBS RADIO Top 40 WNKS (KISS 95.1)/CHARLOTTE PD JOHN REYNOLDS, ENTERCOM RADIO/GREENVILLE Promotions Manager KEAIRA HUFFMAN, CCM+E/CHARLOTTE Digital PD PATRICK SILLS, CCM+E Alternative WEND/CHARLOTTE APD DZL and PD JACK DANIEL, CURTIS MEDIA Rock WBBB/RALEIGH PD JAY NACHLIS, GREATER MEDIA/CHARLOTTE Dir./Interactive JONATHAN MAUNEY and other radio pros.
Every session is on the APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY campus, except for one day in CHARLOTTE where sports broadcasting sessions are led by MICK MIXON, Play-by-Play Announcer of the NFL CAROLINA PANTHERS at BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM; DOUG RICE of PERFORMANCE RACING NETWORK at the CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY; and SCOTT LAUER of the NBA CHARLOTTE BOBCATS at TIME WARNER ARENA.
The KELLAR RADIO TALENT INSTITUTE is an intense 10-day curriculum whose previous students are now working professionally at ENTERCOM, CLEAR CHANNEL, CBS, BEASLEY, CURTIS MEDIA, GREATER MEDIA, DICK BROADCASTING, CNN, CENTENNIAL COMMUNICATIONS and others in positions ranging from traffic, on-air, sales, promotions and interactive, throughout the CAROLINAS and from WASHINGTON, D.C. to LOS ANGELES.
"Most importantly," says NATIONAL RADIO TALENT SYSTEM Founder DAN VALLIE, who is placing RADIO TALENT INSTITUTES on college campuses across AMERICA, and is Dir./Kellar Radio Talent Institute, "these students are starting their careers in radio, we are developing the next generation of broadcasters. The students come with enthusiasm and passion for the business, and it’s very impressive how industry professionals sacrifice their time to come to the campus to teach sessions and give back to the industry."
VALLIE added, "The concept of the NATIONAL RADIO TALENT SYSTEM is to attract, train and coach talented college students who have a passion for the broadcast industry, to be an incubator of talent for radio -- and it is working. The first-ever RADIO TALENT INSTITUTE, the KELLAR RADIO TALENT INSTITUTE at APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY, now in its 7th year, has shown that it can be done, with 70% of the students getting their first job in radio or a related field. I wish ART KELLAR were here today, he would be proud of his investment in these young people and the future of our industry."