Tune in to a career on the radio - 2021/2022
For start dates in September 2021 and later, please see Broadcasting - Radio and Media Production, BRR4.
Radio isn’t what it used to be. Of course, turning the radio dial will never go out of style, but with the emergence of online streaming and podcasts, a career in the radio business has never been more dynamic. If you’re looking to turn your creative and communication skills into an exciting career, the Broadcasting – Radio program will help you tune into your full potential.
Through our radio courses, you’ll be trained in this highly concentrated, hands-on program for careers in radio broadcasting and emerging broadcast media. In collaboration with Journalism - Broadcast students, you'll program and operate three radio stations: The Falcon, CFRL Radio, and CIXXFM 106.9 The X — Canada's first fully licensed teaching radio station equipped with the latest digital communications and production technology. Learn about on-air performance, creative writing, content creation, audio production, sales and marketing, broadcast administration, web content development, promotions and programming. You’ll also learn in a live environment while performing on-air and behind-the-scenes job functions identical to those in the digital media and broadcast industry.
Western University articulation agreement
Fanshawe College and Western University have developed an articulation agreement to allow qualified students to obtain both a two-year Broadcasting – Radio diploma and a four-year Bachelor of Arts honours degree with a major in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT). Students who meet the requirements of the agreement can apply to transfer directly into the third year of the MIT program, and complete both credentials in four years. Visit our Pathways Database for more information.
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Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
- Grade 12 Information and Communication Technology: Multimedia Solutions (C)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
- Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
- Keyboarding Skills
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Persons considering application to the program should investigate radio broadcasting as a career by visiting a local radio station
- Knowledge of current events and social trends and skill in public speaking
- Time management
- Part-time employment at a radio station or any form of entertainment
- Be able to demonstrate above average written and spoken English language skills
- Maturity and a sense of responsibility
- Industry research to develop a clear understanding of industry work ethics, deadlines and competition
- Participation in performing arts (i.e., music or theatre)
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Broadcasting - Radio-2021/2022
|WRIT-1037||Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media||3|
|This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.|
|MKTG-1052||Media, Sales, Marketing & Promotion 1||3|
|This course focuses on an introduction to integrated marketing communications and its reciprocal impact on the media industry. Students will learn how businesses market their products and services to a defined target consumer. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify marketing opportunities associated with a product or service and build a media plan to exploit those opportunities.|
|RADO-1002||Radio Announcing 1/Show Prep||3|
|ANNOUNCINGThis course will help students learn the basics of on-air announcing techniques, with added emphasis on adequate preparation for both live and pre-recorded breaks. Priority will also be given to developing the student's ability to read recorded and live scripts. SHOW PREPARATION In this part of the course, the student will become familiar with and utilize sources of information and other research tools, in order to create compelling, entertaining and factual radio programming.|
|This course is designed to introduce the student to the radio broadcasting medium through an examination of the operation of a radio station, the Canadian radio broadcasting industry and its history. This course will also help students prepare for their first practical shifts on The Falcon and CFRL.|
|RADO-1004||Commercial/Feature Writing/Talk 1||3|
|COMMERCIAL / FEATURE WRITING 1 (Module 1)Students will learn what it means to be a copywriter (job description) and the importance of the position within the broadcast industry. Through theoretical learning, supported by audio examples and class discussions, students will discover how commercial and promotional messages should comply with the various provisions of the CRTC, Advertising Standards Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Standard Council. TALK 1 (Module 2)Students will learn the history of talk radio and how the format has evolved into one of most popular forms of radio today. Students will learn the different types of talk radio shows, the importance of the producer and the role of the host in formulating strong content and opinion.|
|RADO-1005||Radio Production 1||3|
|Students will learn the basics of radio production. The development of elementary production techniques (audio editing and the basic mix) using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) will also be demonstrated. Students will learn how to perform as an announce operator on Fanshawe Colleges broadcast properties.|
|INDS-1035||New Media Culture||3|
|This course is designed to focus on the thinking of students interested in the history, nature, and development of new media. The changing nature of media is considered, as are its influences on contemporary journalists and the development of culture in North American society. Students reflect on how media can shape consumers' thinking about current issues and how technological innovations are altering the dissemination of information. Students will participate in a weekly lab hour to facilitate their research and writing.|
|COMM-3075||Communications for Media||3|
|This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.|
|RADO-1037||Radio Technology & Equipment||3|
|This course is designed to give students basic operational skills to shoot original video content with an emphasis on on-location type environments. Students will also be taught how to properly edit their videos.Students will also be taught how to schedule a broadcast day using RCS Selector in addition to manipulating the database to prepare logs, add songs, modify clocks and prepare scheduling rules.|
|RADO-1008||Radio Announcing/Voice Development 2||3|
|For most students aspiring to work on-air, developing their voice takes a lot of practice and experience, which begins with this course. The students will gain an understanding of the basics of voice production, obtain feedback on their voices and learn and practice voice exercises.|
|RADO-1009||Commercial/Feature Writing/Talk 2||3|
|Commercial / Feature Writing 2 (Module 2) Students will advance their role as a copywriter (job description) and the importance of the position within the broadcast industry. Through theoretical learning, supported by audio examples and class discussions, students will discover how commercial and promotional messages should comply with the various provisions of the CRTC, Advertising Standards Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Standard Council. Practical components will include writing commercials based on what was taught and applied in RADO-1004: Commercial / Feature Writing 1 (Module 1). Talk 2 (Module 2) This course is designed to develop a student's ability to successfully host a talk show. This includes choosing topics, targeting them to the audience, developing opinions, and presenting arguments clearly and concisely|
|MKTG-3031||Media, Sales, Marketing, Promotion 2||3|
|This Course will focus on the seven step sales process as it relates to the media industry. Emphasis will be placed on the application of sales for the purpose of generating revenue for a radio station. Students will develop their skills through real world interactions with a local business owner in order to build a radio advertising campaign.|
|RADO-1010||Radio Production 2||3|
|Students will further develop their radio production skills by adding extra elements to the basic mix effectively and creatively. Students will learn how to use the Delay/Dump system while operating on-air through hands-on testing. Students will also learn how to properly record and produce voice tracks for on-air purposes.|
|RADO-1038||Broadcast Operations-Career Development||3|
|The course is designed to develop a student's knowledge of various occupations and operations within broadcasting. Students will identify the roles and functions of individuals and departments along with knowledge of new broadcast media. Students will also prepare for second year operation of CIXX-FM by engaging in training shifts and learning the format of the station. This course also teaches the student how to acquire marketable job skills and establish a focused plan to secure employment. Students will also be required to create a resume, cover letter, and portfolio.|
|INDS-1004||History of Rock & Roll||3|
|This course will examine the social, cultural and musical history of rock and roll in the 50s and 60s. It will look at the origins of rock and roll from sources such as gospel, blues, folk, jump blues and country. It will investigate the rise of rock and roll in the 50s and 60s when it became the dominant form of popular music. Special attention will be placed on radio's influence on rock and roll's development.|
|RADO-3003||Radio Announcing 3||3|
|This course will develop the radio broadcasting students' skill to an employable level with emphasis on commercial script messaging, the preparation and delivery of reports, known as remote cut-ins from an advertisers place of business and adapting the presentation to the radio station and the clients needs.|
|RADO-1035||Radio Programming/On Air 1||3|
|In collaboration with materials taught in all other radio broadcasting courses, classes will focuses on developing, organizing and coordinating the daily requirements of operating the Fanshawe College broadcast properties as they apply to the station operations course (RADO-1036) and Canadian broadcast industry standards.|
|RADO-3031||Radio Production 3||2|
|This course is designed to develop the students' ability to develop marketable production skill-sets. Students will be introduced to creating detailed and accurate soundscapes in order to improve skills learned in Production I and Production II, with a shift in focus to creative production.|
|DIGL-1028||Digital Media Design||2|
|This course will provide the radio broadcasting student an introduction to basic design elements in creating on-line static graphics. Students will learn proper design layout and proper use of colour to generate web graphics for radio stations.|
|RADO-3008||Radio Announcing 4||3|
|This course will develop the student's ability to read non commercial/commercial scripted material including: news, sports, weather and entertainment reports at an employable level. In addition students will work on ad lib skills found through the practice of interviewing and generating short comments including story telling.|
|RADO-4002||Radio Programming/On-Air 2||3|
|In collaboration with materials taught in all other radio broadcasting courses, classes will focus on developing, organizing and coordinating the daily requirements of operating the Fanshawe College broadcast properties as they apply to the station operations course (RADO-3016) and Canadian broadcast industry standards.|
|This course is intended to introduce the Radio Broadcasting student to the areas and issues that form a large part of managerial responsibilities at Canadian radio stations.|
|RADO-3017||Station Ops 1-Talk||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year Talk courses and apply them towards developing and creating talk programming for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3018||Station Ops 1-Announcing||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year Announcing courses and apply them towards developing and creating focused, targeted on-air content for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3019||Station Ops 1-Production||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year production courses and apply them towards developing and creating properly produced content for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3020||Station Ops 1-Promotion||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year sales, marketing, and promotions courses and apply their learned skills in the day-to-day operation for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties by developing targeted station and community promotions.|
|RADO-3021||Station Ops 1-Programming||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year radio programming courses and apply them towards programming for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3022||Station Ops 1-Writing||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year writing courses and apply them towards developing and creating focused, targeted commercial, promotional, and other written content for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3023||Station Ops 1-Sales||15|
|This course will enable the radio broadcasting student to apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year sales, marketing, and promotions courses and apply their learned skills in the day-to-day operation of all Fanshawe College broadcast properties. Students will be required to perform sales calls and work with community partners in developing targeted marketing plans.|
|RADO-3024||Station Ops 2-Talk||15|
|This course is open to students who wish to continue in Talk as an area of study in Station Operations 2. Students will apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year Talk courses, and Station Operations 1 - Talk, and apply them towards developing and creating talk programming for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3025||Station Ops 2-Announcing||15|
|This course is open to students who wish to continue in Announcing as an area of study in Station Operations 2. Students will apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year Announcing courses, and Station Operations 1 - Announcing, and apply them towards developing and creating focused, targeted on-air content on all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3026||Station Ops 2-Production||15|
|Students will apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained from RADO-3019 - Station Operations 1 - Production, towards developing and creating properly produced content for all Fanshawe College broadcast properties. Students will also assist novice peers in RADO-3019 by leading and supporting day-to-day production activities.|
|RADO-3027||Station Ops 2-Promotion||15|
|Students will advance their theoretical and practical knowledge gained during Station Operations 1 - Promotions to a higher level. They will apply their learned skills in the day-to-day operation of all Fanshawe College broadcast properties by developing targeted station and community promotions.|
|RADO-3028||Station Ops 2-Programming||15|
|This course is open to students who wish to continue in Programming as an area of study in Station Operations 2. Students will apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in first year radio programming courses, and Station Operations 1 - Programming, and apply them towards programming on all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3029||Station Ops 2-Writing||15|
|This course is open to students who wish to continue Writing from Station Operations 1. Students will apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained Station Operations 1 - Writing, and apply them towards developing and creating focused, targeted commercial, promotional, and other written content on all Fanshawe College broadcast properties.|
|RADO-3030||Station Ops 2-Sales||15|
|Students will advance their theoretical and practical knowledge gained during Station Operations 1 - Sales. They will apply their learned skills in the day-to-day operation of Fanshawe College's four broadcast properties. Students will be required to perform sales calls and work with community partners in developing targeted marketing plans.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesThe graduates enter private and public broadcasting as on-air personalities, announcers, radio programmers, creative writers, producers, commercial marketing and sales and promotions with opportunities across Canada and the world. Radio is the prime employer; however, TV-Film-Web and other media require personnel with the talents and skills possessed by Broadcasting - Radio graduates.
More Information - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227
Program DescriptionThe Broadcasting - Radio program is a highly concentrated hands-on approach to training students for careers in radio broadcasting and emerging broadcast media. Students operate four broadcast properties in Fanshawe College's School of Contemporary Media building, which is equipped with the latest in broadcast technology. CIXX-FM (106.9) is Canada's first licensed instructional radio station at full power FM utilizing the latest digital control rooms and production equipment. Areas of study include: On-Air Performance, Creative Writing, Audio and Commercial Production, Sales/Marketing/Promotions, Music and Programming and Web and Social Media content development. Listen live to students perform on 106.9 CIXX-FM, The X at www.1069thex.com, The Falcon at www.thefalcon.ca, CFRL Radio at www.cfrlradio.ca, and Stellar Radio, live video and audio at livestream.com/stellar_radio. Broadcasting - Radio students learn in a live on-air environment while performing on-air and various job functions identical to those in the Broadcast industry.
- Students should be prepared to learn during additional hours in studios and to travel for field placements. Fanshawe College has an agreement with Radio Fanshawe Inc. to provide "student staff" and services for the FM station 24 hours, from the beginning of September to the end of April, continuously. Students will be assigned work on the broadcast properties during holidays and weekends on a rotational basis.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
1. create radio productions and audio content, in studio and on location, using relevant broadcasting equipment and related industry technologies.
2. deliver, support and promote radio broadcast content via multiple platforms using a variety of media.
3. participate in the planning and preparation of programming content for a variety of radio formats.
4. monitor and evaluate the quality of radio broadcasts using appropriate relevant resources, tools and equipment which meet current industry standards.
5. assist in promoting the a station’s brand and generating revenues through a variety of marketing and advertising sales activities.
6. plan and prepare interviews, scripts and reporting content for use in radio broadcasts.
7. use business skills and accepted industry practices in the completion of tasks and projects.
8. keep current with the needs of the broadcast industry using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
9. perform all work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, legislation, industry standards and company policies.
10. present live programming on air to relay various types of information and stories in different formats.
For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.