The annual Summer Kellar Radio Talent Institute graduates 17 future broadcasters
The intent is to produce people with an all-around view of the business, from management and programming to engineering and the financial side of things. The curriculum was taught by broadcast pros including Centennial Communications CEO Allen Shaw, NFL Carolina Panthers play-by-play announcer Mick Mixon, Gary Fisher of Equity Communications, plus executives from Radio One (Gary Weiss), Beasley (Danny Highsmith), Dick Broadcasting (Bruce Wheeler), Greater Media (Trip Savery) and Curtis Media (Alex McTighe). That’s not even listing the programming folks (John Reynolds, Jack Daniel, Carl East, John Hancock, Tias Schuster, Jason Goodman, David Aiken) and experts from the digital world (Jonathan Mauney, Patrick Sills). And consultants/executives in other fields (Steve Reynolds, Don Anthony, Keaira Huffman and Arroe Collins). EZ Communications founder Art Kellar left the money for this annual program at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and there’s even a provision for graduates to apply for $50,000 in seed money for new entrepreneurs. Consultant Dan Vallie is director of the institute.
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