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Instructor:         Tim Clukey              
General Mgr:    Natalie Gramegna

Purpose of this Course:
This course is designed to familiarize you with the fundamentals of broadcast announcing. Weekly classes will explore the theoretical aspects of radio broadcast operations and procedures through both chapter discussions and participation in topical workshops and activities. You will acquire and practice your broadcasting skills by contributing to the WARP Radio broadcasting (cable-access) operations through the completion of weekly on-air shifts (which include music, news, weather, and public service announcing), as well as through the development of air check tapes.

Required Readings:
Broadcast Announcing Worktext 

by  David E. Reese, Mary E. Beadle, & Alan R. Stephenson (4th Edition).
Focal Press, ©2013.

Required Equipment:
Your voice.

Course Policies:
Regarding class attendance & Airshifts:

  • It is expected that all students enrolled in this class support the letter and the spirit of the Academic Honesty Policy as stated in the college catalog.
  • Attendance is required. More than 1 absence will result in a 10% grade drop for EACH  additional absence
  • Due to the necessity of continuous, on-air broadcasting, it is important that attendance of on-air shifts be treated with regimented timeliness and courtesy. Although planned schedule changes can be made with other DJs, the originally scheduled DJ is still responsible for coverage when needs arise. Any scheduled changes must be made at least 24 hours in advance with approval of either the General Manager or Instructor. Further on-air shift policies regarding attendance include the following:
  • Missing an airshift will result in a 10% grade drop for EACH absence.
  • Being late for an airshift 3 or more times (e.g. more than 5 minutes late) will result in a 5% grade drop for EACH additional late occurrence.
  • Any makeup airshifts will accrue 2.5 % (1/2 credit) toward your final grade.
  • Chapter comprehension will be monitored through class participation and chapter quizzes.
  • Testing will include: Chapter quizzes & in-class workshops.
  • There will be NO midterm.
  • NOTE: There is a mandatory lab fee of $25 for media materials/lab maintenance for this course.

Student Expectations:
To successfully complete CMM 209 Radio Practicum, students are expected to complete the following activities:

  • Complete a 1-hour air-shift per week (for 10 weeks) as combo operator/announcer-DJ (50%)

  • Read the chapters due weekly and take the in-class quizzes (40%)

  • Air-Check Tape Evaluations (5%)

  • Various Off-Air Assignments (5%)

Grading will be based upon the following:
     -WARP Radio Air Shifts (10 @ 5 pts ea.) = 50 %
     -In-class Quizzes (10 @ 4 pts ea.) = 40 %
     -Air-check Tapes (3) = 10 %  

FCC Production Standards:
As defined by FCC standards, the use of obscenity, indecency, and racial slurs are prohibited. Production work cannot use language or material that depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary local community standards for the broadcast media, sexual or excretory activities or organs. The work cannot depict or describe in a patently offensive way sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable state law. The work cannot include the use of obscene or indecent language, or material that is insensitive or defamatory with reference to race, creed, or color.

WARP Radio is the Department of Communication Studies’ radio broadcast training facility designated for cable broadcasting over Charter Cable Channel 194, Campus Channel 10, and over the internet at Located near the Audio Laboratories in Yokum Hall, WARP Radio begins broadcasting Tuesday, February 16th and ends Friday, April 29th. WARP will not broadcast during Spring Break and make-ups will be broadcast May 3rd and 4th.

WQKE is PSU’s student-run, Class D FCC designated on-air broadcast radio facility. The Quake’s alternative, college-radio format broadcasts 10 watts of power 24/7 to a campus-wide audience, a local community, and a global audience through the Internet at WQKE also reaches out with its music, talk shows, and sports programming. All students enrolled in classes at Plattsburgh State who pay Student Association dues are qualified to be a member of WQKE.

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