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WKHS High Schoolers Receive CRO Certifications

Program helps students to demonstrate knowledge about station operations

Four students at Kent County High School radio station WKHS(FM) in Worton, Md., have received Certified Radio Operator certification from the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Jonah Elburn, Emma Morris, Averie Hitzges and Alayna Brown participated in the program and passed the SBE test.

WKHS — which is celebrating 50 years as the radio voice of the high school — encourages its students to pursue SBE certifications, and Station Manager Chris Singleton said these are the first to pass the CRO test. Several more students are expected to do so in the fall. Juniors Elburn and Brown also told Singleton they are interested in exploring Certified Television Operator certification next.

From left: Jonah Elburn, Emma Morris, Averie Hitzges and Alayna Brown.

Unlike SBE’s engineering certifications, its CRO (radio) and CTO (television) certifications are administered through the study of a handbook and completion of a test based on that material. It is evidence of an individual’s qualifications to serve as an operator at a broadcast station is intended to be useful when seeking employment or advancement. 

“Each radio and television station has its own policies and procedures, and many have a written station manual,” the SBE notes. “However, the FCC Rules and basic operator procedures apply to all stations. The ‘Certification Handbook for Radio Operators’ and the ‘Television Operator’s Certification Handbook’ fill the needs of broadcast stations and operators today.

The SBE Radio and Television Operator Certifications are a great way to demonstrate to a prospective employer that you have acquired the basic knowledge to operate a radio or television station and comply with FCC Rules and Regulations.”

(Read more about the CRO and CTO program.)