Why Choose Asnuntuck?
- Real world training and experience
Broadcasting schools that specialize in high-priced training without real, live experience are abundant – but what real world experience do you REALLY get out of them? In the communications industry, prospective employers are looking for people that already have real world experience and the ability to jump into a situation and succeed.
At Asnuntuck Community College, you can learn radio and audio as you go – by doing – first in the audio production class, where you’ll learn basic tools of audio editing – and then on the air in the radio practicum course, where you’ll host a weekly 3 hour shift on our low power FM radio station, 107.7 WACC. After every show, you’ll have the opportunity to go over it, learn, and get feedback from instructor Adam Rivers.
Adam Rivers is a 10 year veteran of the Connecticut and Springfield airwaves, having worked at i98.3 in Willimantic, 94.7 WMAS in Springfield, and Kiss 95.7 in Hartford. He’s now the afternoon show host on top 40 station KC101 in New Haven.
- Learning all facets of the radio industry
It’s not ALL just about being on the air! Radio is a field with many important jobs that make the product on the air come together – from programming the music and creating public service announcements and commercial production, to creating exciting imaging and promotions. As in all media, it’s more important than ever to become a versatile, well-rounded prospective employee with experience in many areas. In our audio production class, you’ll learn to produce PSAs and commercials, create an enticing news, weather, and sports cast; and an introduction to radio programming – why things are done the way they are and how you can evaluate success.
- Better training – at a better cost
Students can spend up to $10,000 at other broadcasting schools without actually ever gaining real world experience, or being live on the air on a real radio station. At Asnuntuck Community College, our tuition and fees (link to page) are very reasonable for both in state and out of state students. Not only can you get a great education at a great price – you can gain the real world experience that employers are looking for. Financial aid programs (link to page) are also available.
- World class studio equipment and automation
At Asnuntuck Community College, we use only the best and latest technology. Our studios use the ENCO automation system, which is employed by thousands of radio stations worldwide, including several here in Connecticut. ENCO combines all the audio – songs, public service announcements, music beds and more to help you have a carefree learning environment while you’re on the air. Our control boards are from popular manufacturer AXIA, and train you in an environment that you’ll need in the real world. Many say our facilities are nicer than those in actual commercial radio stations!
Audio/Radio Classes for the Spring 2018 semester:
COM 131: Audio Production | Saturday mornings 9am-11:55am
COM 191: Radio Practicum | your choice of a 3 hour show
COM 232: Advanced Audio Production | Monday night 6:30pm-9:25pm
*COM191 and COM232 require the completion of COM131 with a C- or better.