By: Mollie Lastovica
Students and faculty involved in radio broadcasting projects, classes and research will benefit from a $25,000 endowment given to the ALEC Department by the Country Radio Broadcasters. Released Nov. 4, the endowment will serve as a financial basis for improving radio instruction within the department and giving students interested in radio broadcast the expertise needed to pursue those dreams.
“It is very nice to see that the profession recognizes that students need their support,” said Assistant Professor Billy McKim, Ph.D., who instructs all radio courses. “This is an ongoing partnership with Country Radio Broadcasters. They have been supportive of our program and our students.”
The support he mentions has not only been financial. Country Radio Broadcasters have provided high impact learning experiences to AGCJ students including May 2013 graduate Mel Herring, who completed an internship with the group in Nashville last spring.
“My internship at CRB opened the doors and kick started my career in radio,” said Herring, who is now an on-air personality for KORA 98.3 in College Station. “I had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people in the industry and was able to see how every aspect of the country music industry works. It has given me an edge that most radio personalities have never experienced.”
Country Radio Broadcasters began funding lifetime endowments in 2004, according to their website. This is the first Country Radio Broadcasters endowment to reach a Texas institution. Other endowments have been established at Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, Central Michigan University, Green River Community College and Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.
“They recognize the potential of our students and are committed to helping them reach their full potential,” McKim said.
Agricultural communications and journalism courses offered specific to radio broadcasting include Radio Broadcasting, AGCJ 366, and Advanced Radio Broadcast, AGCJ 489.
Representatives of the department including McKim and approximately ten students will be officially presented with the endowment Feb. 19-21 in conjunction with the 2014 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Click here to read the Country Radio Broadcasters’ release.