Broadcasting - Radio and Media Production

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 and Media Production program will help you tune into your full potential.

Tune in to a career in radio broadcasting - 2022/2023

During this two-year diploma program, our radio courses will train you for a variety of careers not just in radio broadcasting, but also in emerging broadcast media. We are proud to have been awarded the 2019 President’s Distinguished Achievement Program award, as well as the RTDNA Bill Hutton Award of Excellence in 2013 (the first and only College to be honoured in this way). 

The Radio and Media Production program is very hands-on. 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.

Gain practical knowledge in a number of transferable skills including on-air performance, creative writing, content creation, audio production, sales and marketing, broadcast administration, web content development, video production and editing, 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.

For students interested in studying further, Western University and Fanshawe College have developed an articulation agreement, which gives you the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT), as well as a diploma in Broadcasting - Radio and Media Production. Students may start at Fanshawe, transferring into the third year of the MIT program, and complete both credentials in only four years.

Program Overview

The Broadcasting - Radio and Media Production program is a highly concentrated hands-on approach to training students for careers in radio broadcasting and emerging broadcast media. Students operate three broadcast properties, which are 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. Students learn in a live on-air environment while performing on-air and various job functions identical to those in the broadcast industry. Student radio stations include 106.9 CIXX-FM, The X, The xFalcon, CFRL Radio and Stellar Radio. View all Fanshawe radio stations and podcasts

Students should be prepared to learn during additional hours in studios and to travel for field placements, as well students will be assigned to work on the Radio Fanshawe Inc. broadcast properties during holidays and weekends on a rotational basis.

Though our main focus is job-readiness in the radio industry, many of the skills learned are transferable to other industries.

 

Career Information ​​​​​​

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Broadcasting – Radio and Media Production program enter private- and public broadcasting as on-air personalities, voice over artists, radio programmers, creative writers, producers, commercial sales and marketing representatives, and promotions personnel 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.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Broadcasting – Radio program:

Assistant Producer, Science Radio Show and Podcast
Join the team behind a “new and notable” space-themed podcast and radio show focusing on all aspects of astronomy and space exploration.

DJ/Emcee
Use your creativity and “on-air” skills to create spectacular events that entertain, push the boundaries and capture the imagination of your clients.

Summer Road Crew Member

Channel your fun and energetic personality to engage listeners, clients and the general public and interact on social media to promote the radio station.

 

Photo of Laura Vere

Fanshawe has definitely changed my life. I've become a harder working, more organized student through my demanding course plus having to balance being a student athlete. I've learned a lot about myself - what's important to me, my values, what I'm passionate about and more. I've made career connections and great friendships.

Laura Vere
Student, Broadcasting Radio
Learning Outcomes

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.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
BRR4

Broadcasting - Radio and Media Production Program Coordinator:

Abe Kelledjian

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

English Language Requirements

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

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

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 Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. 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)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$12,698.52
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$34,907.60
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
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-1110Marketing & Media Foundations2
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-1042Announcing & Show Preparation3
Students will learn the basics of on-air announcing techniques. This course will have added emphasis on adequate preparation to perform live on-air breaks, utilizing sources of information and other research tools required to create compelling, entertaining, and factual radio programming.
RADO-1003Radio Broadcasting-Intro/History3
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-1043Talk Radio 11
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-1005Radio Production 13
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.
RADO-1044Writing for Radio & Social Media 12
Through theoretical learning, students will learn what it means to be a copywriter and the importance of the position within the broadcast industry. Additionally, students will learn the similarities and vastly different approaches to writing for many social media platforms adopted by broadcasters. Supported by audio/visual examples and class discussions, students will discover how commercial and promotional messages should comply with the various provisions of the CRTC, Ad Standards Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council.
INDS-1035New Media Culture3
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.
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