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Audio-Radio Production Major

This major prepares you to work in fields including radio, television, live sound, and music recording. You gain the technical skills needed to produce live audio broadcasts. Learn how to conduct music-based field recordings. Get on the air through hands-on experiences in radio (at WARP and WQKE) and television (at PSTV).

Audio-Radio Production

Acquire technical proficiency with digital audio tools. Understand the theoretical concepts behind a variety of media. Learn what it takes to work in radio as a productions and promotions director, sales and operations manager, and disc jockey. Develop the ability to create a variety of audio productions for specific audiences. And experience the world of music recording through hands-on field recording of campus events.

On the radio side of this program, you have many opportunities to both learn and practice what’s involved in this longest-running medium: radio. From day one you can join up with students across campus. Broadcast the latest and greatest music (yet) to hit the airwaves as a member of WQKE, 93.9 FM — “The Quake.” Have your friends and family follow your progress by tuning in to your shows on the Internet at WQKEFM. To develop your on-air skills you run weekly shows that are broadcast on our cable-access, tele-radio station WARP.

In this program, you get to develop your audio-production abilities in multiple arenas. Good audio is critical for radio, television, film, digital media, music recording, and the Internet. You can focus your efforts in any and/or all of these areas. Many students join the ATI Production team as a part of CMM408, the Field Recording Practicum. These students develop music recording expertise by recording various musical concerts that are held on campus. Working in teams, students capture and post-produce CDs for area music directors.

Other students work closely with PSTV as audio specialists. And more opportunities exist for students interested in digital audio archival. Working in conjunction with Plattsburgh State's Special Collections libraries, students capture, archive, and preserve recordings in a variety of different audio formats.

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For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Shakuntala Rao, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 202D
Phone: (518) 564-4291

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681