This year’s Kellar Radio Talent Institute opens today in Boone, NC.

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It’s named for EZ Communications’ Art Kellar, and is the longtime project of former EZ programmer Dan Vallie, now a principal of the Vallie-Richards-Donovan Consulting. Dan lives in the Boone area, near Appalachian State University, and that’s the site of the fifth annual institute, with its largest-ever student body. They’ll get a grounding in management and operation from radio pros such as Kerby Confer (Forever Broadcasting), George Reed (Media Services Group) and 25 others. They’ll spend a day in Charlotte, at the Time Warner Arena (home of the NBA Bobcats), the Bank of America Stadium (where the NFL Panthers play) and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The students are from Appalachian, NC State in Raleigh, UNC-Greensboro and Marshall University. This year’s Kellar Institute enjoys partial sponsorship from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. Dan Vallie says more than 70% of former students are now in broadcasting or a related field. Also on the curriculum – the RAB’s Radio Marketing Professional certification course.