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Media Studies: Radio Performance & Production FAQ's


Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.S.

Average Class Size: 15
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

Q:

What makes this program unique compared to other Radio programs?
 

A:

Iowa Western is home to 89.7 The River, which is the most popular radio station in the Omaha Metro area for several listener groups. With the radio station right here on campus, our students get into the studio immediately in their first semester and they continue to have access throughout the two-year program. No other program in the area has access to a radio station like ours, and in most four-year programs, students do not get into the studio until their junior or senior year. In addition to learning radio performance, our students learn about several aspects of the radio industry, including writing and producing commercials, news, programming, and promotions.
 

Q:

Which classes should I take in high school to prepare for this program?
 

A:

Audio or visual production courses and computer application courses are helpful. Because the Radio Performance field requires people to be excellent writers and speakers, it is also important to take as many speech, English, and creative writing courses as you can at your high school.
 

Q:

Are scholarships available?
 

A:

Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.

Q:

What are the admissions requirements?
 

A:

All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. For more information on admissions requirements, visit our Admissions page