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This major prepares you to work in audio-based fields including radio, television, and music recording. You gain technical proficiency with digital audio tools and develop your expertise with hands-on experience in radio (at WARP and WQKE), in television (at PSTV), and through music-based field recordings.
The audio-radio production program develops your audio expertise to work in a wide variety of audio-related fields, including radio, TV broadcasting, music recording, and Internet applications. You acquire technical proficiency with digital audio tools, understand the theoretical concepts behind a variety of media, and learn what it takes to work in radio as a productions and promotions director, sales and operations manager, and disc jockey. You also 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 to broadcast the latest and greatest music (yet) to hit the airwaves as a member of WQKE, 93.9 FM — "The Quake." Your friends and family can follow your progress by tuning in to your shows on the Internet at WQKEFM. And on the academic side of things, you can build upon your experiences with the classroom-based, broadcast announcing class CMM209. This class is open to all communication students and helps to introduce you to a traditional radio environment. 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. After acquiring the appropriate prerequisites, 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. Still 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.
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