Talent Institute Begins Today in Boone, NC. 


The ten-day Kellar Radio Talent Institute kicks off today at Appalachian State University. Twenty-five students from four universities have been accepted into the Institute. There are no breakout sessions; every student will be in every session, including the RAB Radio Marketing Professional Certification course.

Trip Savery, President and COO of Curtis Media in Raleigh, takes the first session, “Now is the Time to Start Thinking like a Pro”, following opening comments from Appalachian State University’s Dr. Mark Ginn, Vice Provost; Dr. Phyllis Kloda, Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts; and Dr. Jean DeHart, Chair of the Department of Communication.

Over the coming ten-day immersion into all things radio, the syndicated Ace and TJ Morning Show from iHeart’s Channel 96.1 in Charlotte will broadcast from the Institute, with the students as the live studio audience.

Over 40 veteran broadcasters from Beasley, Entercom, Curtis Media, iHeart, Capitol Broadcasting, and others will be leading sessions. Young broadcasters who are former students of the Institute will also lead sessions, which includes Chris Kroeger, the new Play-by-Play announcer of the NBA Charlotte Hornets, Cameron Moore, midday talent for Kiss in Charlotte; Pam Patton, Account Executive for Beasley Media Group in Fayetteville, Bradlee Mikeska, Promotions Director at Channel 96.1 in Charlotte and Hayden Waugh, Sales Assistant at Entercom Charlotte.

Dan Vallie, founder of the National Radio Talent System, states, “It’s invigorating to all of us to see so many students with a desire for a career in radio. The talent is there, and they are as excited as you and I were when we got into the industry, and the collaborative effort from the industry shows the commitment to young talent and the future of the industry.”

Organizations and companies supporting the Kellar Radio Talent Institute and the National Radio Talent System include North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, Benztown, and VCreative.

The mission of the National Radio Talent System is to discover and coach the talent who can be hired today and be the next generation of leaders in broadcasting. This innovative program has the broadcast profession, the universities, and the National Radio Talent System working together in a collaborative effort to accomplish this unified mission. It’s the only program of its kind in the world.


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