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Radio Broadcasting & Journalism I & II


Program Synopsis: The Radio Broadcasting & Journalism Program is an exclusive program at the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. Eligible students are introduced to the fast paced, competitive world of radio and communications fields. This program may be taken as a stand alone 1 year 3 credit course or for 2 years and 6 credits to complete the entire program.

Radio Broadcasting & Journalism I: The Radio Broadcasting & Journalism course teaches entry-level radio skills as well as the skills to enter the competitive world of broadcast journalism. State-of-the-art studios are used and the most up-to-date broadcasting equipment procedures are taught. Students operate one of the most powerful high school radio stations in the country, Mix 91 (WHCE).

Radio Broadcasting & Journalism II: During the second year, the emphasis is on sharpening journalism skills and the operation of Mix 91 (WHCE).  Students voice track, digitally edit and prepare content for broadcast. Students will also have the opportunity to intern at local area radio and television stations.

Instructors: Both instructors for the Radio Broadcasting & Journalism program have 20+ years of experience in the radio broadcasting field. Their career paths include positions in radio station management, on-air personalities, sports broadcasting, and television.


Mr. Jared Smith is a former ACE@HS student who graduated from Highland Springs High School and the ACE Center in 2009.  After getting introduced to the radio broadcasting and journalism world, Jay continued his studies in Mass Communications at Richard Bland.  After this, his radio career took off and landed him in several places including Raleigh, NC, Peoria, IL, Long Island, NY, and Salt Lake City, UT.  Jay then went on to be a Morning Show Host and entertained over 1 million listeners as he took his career out of the country to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He’s returned to train the next generation of radio personalities.





Mr. Kaufman is a graduate of Old Dominion University.  With over 2 decades of teaching under his belt, Mr. Kaufman has a storied past in the landscape of radio.  He has done on-air stints in Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach as well as a brief TV career in Roanoke.  He enjoys spending time playing on his boat and jet ski with his wife, 3 sons, and 2 grandsons at his home on the Chickahominy River.



Desired Aptitudes: Solid performance in English and Math.  An interest in reading and creative thought.

Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):


Job Summary

Median Salary
Announcers Announcers present music, news, and sports and   may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other   important events. $37,010
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians Broadcast and sound engineering technicians   set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio and   television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies. $39,870
Editors Editors plan, review, and revise content for   publication. $51,470
Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News   Analysts Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news   analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally,   nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines,   websites, television, and radio. $36,000
Technical Writers Technical writers, also called technical   communicators, produce instruction manuals and other supporting documents to   communicate complex and technical information more easily. $63,280
Writers and Authors Writers and authors develop original written   content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts,   songs, and online publications. $55,420