Good Writing for the Ear is the Future of Radio

Posted on November 18, 2011

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We had a fascinating discussion today with five prominent Columbus radio personalities who shared the good, bad and ugly of a career in radio.

Dino Tripodis of WSNY, 94.7 FM, Dan Orr of WLVQ, Dan Mushalko of WCBE, my student Sam Obermeyer of Scarlet & Gray Radio and Mike Thompson of WOSU joined Doug Dangler of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing to talk about their careers in radio, what opportunities exist now for students, and how they can best position themselves for careers.

What a gift it is to have such expertise take time out of their busy schedules to join us as we prepare the next generation of journalists. I was thrilled to see a handful of my students there–I only wish there had been more.

But those who did attend (or view this later on video), learned from some of the industry’s best on where we have been in radio and where we might be going. The most heartening news I heard: the jobs will be out there for multimedia journalists who can also do audio, as opposed to straight radio journalists. It’s about personality, creativity and, most importantly, being a good writer!

I have had students criticize the fact that we don’t have a broadcast program at Ohio State, and I respect their view. But the responsiveness and forethought of our university and our school to focus our program toward multimedia and social media is proving speaker after speaker to be the correct course, and I hope our students embrace the opportunity presented in our more challenging multimedia classes.

For journalists, the multimedia future is now!

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