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New Podcasting, Radio Course Targeted to University Students

The 90-minute session is being produced in part by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation

College and university students can now learn the ins and outs of the radio and podcasting industries via Zoom.

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF)— along with Benztown, the University of Maryland and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) — have partnered to produce a 90-minute, on-demand, recorded zoom video session focused on radio and podcasting opportunities. The initiative, called The LABF Radio and Podcasting Power Session, is led by LABF board members, Dave Denes from Benztown and Heather Birks from BEA.

The video, titled “LABF Radio and Podcasting Power Session,” features University of Maryland Reference Specialist Michael Henry hosting a virtual walkthrough of the library, followed by a conversation about the collection and the many key moments in U.S. history that have been captured by radio and television broadcasters over the years. 

The initiative initially launched as a semester-long course with Clark Atlanta University in 2021 before it was revamped into a 90-minute abridged class available to colleges and universities. 

Upon conclusion of the virtual tour, industry professionals from across different disciplines of the podcasting and radio business will speak to students about the career opportunities available to them in the industry. Voices include individuals from radio programming, syndication and on-air hosting, commercial production, imaging, marketing and sales.

“Students interested in any facet of radio and audio media will find this class, and these connections, invaluable,” said Birks. “We are thrilled to work with the LABF, UMD and Benztown to offer this extraordinary opportunity to colleges and universities.”

More details on the program can be found by contacting Heather Birks at 202-602-0584 or [email protected].

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