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Aspiring broadcast professionals learn from the pros

keller_t.jpgBOONE—Seventeen communication majors at Appalachian State University attended the inaugural Kellar Radio Farm System Institute hosted by the Department of Communication. During the 10-day institute, students heard from a variety of broadcast professionals including James K. Flynn, a 1977 Appalachian graduate and former radio personality, and Ray Mariner, afternoon co-host on Atlanta’s Star 94FM.

Students in the institute learned about on air work, news, writing, sales, traffic, programming, management, ownership and other aspects of the industry.


Appalachian State University alumnus and former radio personality James K. Flynn was one of several broadcast professionals speaking at the Kellar Radio Farm System Institute recently held on campus. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)

The program was established to serve as a farm system for future radio broadcasters. It is directed by Dan Vallie, one of the radio industry’s top consultants, and general manager of campus radio station WASU in the Department of Communication.

The institute was designed to attract, train and create opportunities for talented students who have a passion for the broadcast industry and ownership. It also strives to prepare students to excel in entry-level positions upon their graduation from Appalachian and better ensure their start and successful career in broadcasting.

The institute is supported by a $500,000 commitment from The Kellar Family Foundation in Alexandria, Va.