SCBA Fund Helps Radio Students
to develop our next generation of radio leaders are so important.
take note of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, which
recently named winners of its 2013 broadcasting awards to students
who are pursuing radio careers.
winner of the Ben
Radio Broadcasting Award at Cal State Los Angeles, who is
studying broadcast journalism; Andrew
recipient of the George
Radio Broadcasting Award at Pasadena City College, who hopes to
be an announcer for the Lakers and does play-by-play and other on-air
work at the school’s Lancer Radio; and
who received the Stan
Radio Broadcasting Award at California State University,
Fullerton, where he is technical director for Titan Radio.
explicit goal is to attract the “best and the brightest” to
Southern California radio, according to association President Thom
other associations or companies wish to start such a program, what
should they know about it?
Ellen Dostal, director
of events & member services, told me that scholarships range
from $500 to $1,000 depending upon the school, and were set up with
the guidance of each school. The impetus for the program came from
advertising industry leader and philanthropist Dennis Holt, who
founded Western International Media and
Holt was instrumental in launching the SCBA Scholarship Fund,
established from the proceeds of his Lifetime Achievement Award Event
in 2000 when he was honored as SCBA’s ‘Man of the Millennium,’”
Dostal said. “The major endowment came from this event, and we draw
a small percentage of the funds each year to be used for the
scholarships.” The scholarship fund is managed by the California
Community Foundation and grants three each year.
dozen students have benefited since inception, and the fund balance
has increased over time. While there is no recurring event to support
it, SCBA welcomes contributions. Callahan said SCBA hopes to launch
more scholarships in 2014 and will be soliciting companies for
donations to fund them.
is given to students majoring in radio broadcast communications.
Selection is not based solely on GPA; other factors may include
commitment to and promise in broadcasting, service to the school and
community, or other criteria.
to SCBA and Dennis Holt for the good work of this program.
spoke and emailed with scholarship recipient Brandon Lang, 32, who is
studying the radio industry and works at Cal State Fullerton’s
online Titan Radio as technical director. Born and raised in Orange
County, he’ll graduate this fall with a career goal of being a
station general manager.
take note: Just because a campus station doesn’t have an FM or AM
license doesn’t mean it can’t inspire students to a career in the
industry, where the term “radio” itself is being redefined.)
have been attending CSUF since 2011, after transferring from Orange
Coast College,” he wrote. “I have worked a part-time position
doing audio/visual production for the last five years, which has
given me the experience I need, while learning the necessary
fundamentals and gaining the skills in production (in the field and
in the studio).”
grew up around audio and video; his dad does production work, and
DJ’d at clubs and posted content on Ustream. But
radio wasn’t really on the horizon til he took radio courses at Cal
decided to start volunteering at the college radio station on
campus as a radio show host and also did some promotional work.
After a semester of volunteering and finding that I really enjoy the
work and the environment.”
he was hired on as technical director. The position is paid but
expires upon graduation. His work includes creating station promos
and stop-sets, underwriting promos and making sure the station is
functioning smoothly. The
GM suggested he apply for the SCBA program.
is a bit older than most undergraduates but two decades younger than
me, and I’m always interested in knowing how the medium appears to
younger people. I pressed Lang on what he likes about it.
has a more visual aspect,” he replied. “It throws it in your
face, you see it right there. Radio is more imaginative. That’s
what brings out the magic in it.”
hopes for an opportunity to help radio “take ownership of my
demographic in my region.”
working in a radio station now for the last year and learning the
daily operations of the station, it’s really influenced the drive
to learn and get involved more in the industry. I’ve had a positive
experience working in radio and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.
It’s only getting better; and I feel the industry is finally
popping back, with some advancements in technology and the
adjustments the market has made recently. So the future seems bright
for a career in the radio and production industries and I am very
told Lang he’d be wise to keep in touch with SCBA, which is a
proactive broadcast association that does good work for its members.
Both he and the association would benefit from such involvement.