PETAP Announces Help Program for Aspiring Radio Announcers

May 30, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado May 30, 2012 Partners in Education & Tuition Assistance Programs (PETAP) specializes in helping future radio disc jockeys and talk show hosts find their voice in the field. Not only does PETAP help aspiring mass communications majors find financial assistance and loans to attend the best schools, the program specializes in finding the best degree programs in each area.

By partnering with local schools, PETAP is able to help qualified students find financial assistance. For those considering a career in the field of radio broadcasting, this can be a huge consideration, since the average four-year degree in mass communications now costs upward of $75,000, according to the Chicago Tribune.

PETAP connects aspiring students with a college that will encourage creativity, while teaching them the technical aspects necessary to land their dream job. PETAP advises on the importance of learning all areas of working in radio broadcasting, which goes far beyond announcing and journalism.

One of the most important learning experiences students can have in training for future vocation, according to PETAP, is hands-on learning. As such, PETAP offers programs for aspiring students to easily find a school that will allow them to train in a real environment. Because a four-year degree is not necessary to land a job as a radio broadcaster, PETAP offers means for potential students to gain hands-on working experience.

PETAP's recommended schools are designed to help the future broadcaster learn the basics of communicating over the airwaves, including writing, editing, and producing news packages for air. Realizing the importance of keeping up with today's radio station technology, PETAP puts students in touch with schools that have the most modern facilities. The modern radio station uses digital media for the majority of its broadcasts, so it's important that students learn to work with the software and computer equipment most stations are using.

But PETAP doesn't forget about traditional ideals that still hold true today. Radio stations are often high-pressure environments, and so PETAP gives aspiring students a way to put a newscast together with time constraints. Students will learn how to recover from on-air mistakes, minimizing dead air and keeping listeners tuned in to your broadcast.

Most importantly, PETAP prefers to connect students with schools that have live radio stations, providing students the ability to get practice broadcasting on a station that actually has listeners. This gives students a glimpse of what it will be like to be on air, as well as providing a genuine credit for each student's résumé. According to PETAP, this type of experience often leads to students finding jobs soon after graduation.

PETAP has a successful track record of linking students to degree programs that lead to real job experience. Students have used PETAP to find schools that emphasize radio and television production, journalism, and management. This exciting field attracts hundreds of thousands of students around the country and PETAP's assistance program aims to help each student find the best program to make his or her dream a reality.