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Kellar Radio Talent Institute students traveling as fast as the radio industry

BOONE—Students attending the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University recently visited Charlotte Motor Speedway where they learned about the fast pace of motorsports announcing and the fast pace of race cars that travel the 1.5 mile race track.

View larger imageStudents in the Kellar Radio Talent Institute pose in the winners circle at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Appalachian photo by Troy Tuttle)

Doug Rice, president, general manager and voice of Performance Racing Network, taught a session on sports broadcasting and then had race car drivers take the students around the track at 100 miles per hour.

The rising senior and junior communication majors also spent the day learning from play-by-play announcers Mick Mixon of the Carolina Panthers and Scott Lauer of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats.

Students also were part of the live studio audience at the Two Guys Named Chris radio show at Rock 92 Greensboro/Winston-Salem. The students also completed Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) sales training with an exam to get their Radio Marketing Professional certification. Programming and on-air with sessions were taught by Steve Reynolds of The Reynolds Group, Atlanta’s Don Anthony from Morning Show and Talk Radio Boot Camps, Jack Daniel from 106.5 The End, Clear Channel Charlotte, John Reynolds, KISS FM, CBS Charlotte and others.

The intense 10-day institute, designed to develop the next generation of broadcast leaders, concludes July 18.

The Kellar Radio Talent Institute was created in 2007 by Dan Vallie, industry veteran and founder of Vallie•Richards•Donovan Consulting Inc.

To learn more about the institute, visit or contact Vallie at 828-262-3919, 828-262-7621 or


Contact: Christie Hutchens