Broadcasting Program

Iowa Central’s Radio Broadcasting Program provides thorough, hands-on training and experience for a career in the radio industry. From writing to announcing, sales to sports, digital audio production to programming, we’ll teach you the skills you need in order to succeed in this highly competitive field.

Iowa Central’s Broadcasting Program offers an intense and practical blend of classroom studies and hands-on experience. The two-year program includes a summer internship session. During the eight-week summer internship, students work at a professional radio station, gaining valuable experience and networking with industry professionals. During their time at Iowa Central, students may also take advantage of part-time opportunities at one of eight professional radio stations in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area. Upon completion of the program graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Graduates of our program learn how to prepare effective resumes and audition tapes. They gain valuable “real life” interviewing experience. And they can take advantage of our job placement service. Course credits are also transferable to four-year institutions for students wishing to continue their education at the university level.

KICB-FM (88.1 FM) is a fully-licensed, 240-watt radio station, broadcasting seven days a week from the Iowa Central campus. KICB is the only student-staffed, student-managed community college radio station in the state. The station has been on the air since 1971. KICB operates under the supervision of the department’s professional teaching staff, all of whom have years of professional experience in the industry.

Potential Job Titles

  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Program Director
  • Announcer
  • Producer
  • Promotions Director
  • Copywriting
  • Sales/Marketing
  • News Reporter
  • Sports Reporter
  • Sports Play-by-Play
  • News/Talk Host
  • Music Director
  • Engineer
  • Record Label Rep
  • Music Production
  • Public Relations

Course Schedule

Broadcasting A.S. Degree

The Radio Broadcasting Program provides rigorous hands-on production and broadcast writing courses to prepare you for a career in the radio industry. In two years and one summer, students will gain experience in every aspect of radio, including announcing, programming, news, sports, production, sales, management, and promotions. Students will also gain practical experience through the daily operation of campus radio station KICB-FM.

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MKT-131 Social Media Marketing
3.0
MMS-105 Audio Production
3.0
MMS-106 Audio Production Lab
1.0
MMS-118 Announcing
3.0
MMS-119 Announcing Lab
1.0
MMS-120 Media Practices I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MMS-121 Media Practices II
3.0
MMS-131 Reporting
3.0
MMS-205 Advanced Audio Production
3.0
MMS-206 Advanced Audio Production Lab
1.0
MKT-110 Principles of Marketing
3.0
 
Total Hours: 13.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MMS-938 Broadcasting Field Experience
4.0
 
Total Hours: 4.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MMS-201 Media Practices III
3.0
MMS-145 Broadcast Writing
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
BUS-112 Business Math*
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Sciences/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MMS-203 Media Practices IV
3.0
MMS-265 Mass Communication Law
3.0
MMS-190 Broadcast Promotions
3.0
MMS-259 Management and Operations
3.0
MKT-153 Advertising & Promotion
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Broadcasting A.S. Degree Total Hours: 61.0

*Course may be substituted with a related course from either A.A., A.S., or Approved Gen.Ed. list for Applied Science an Technology.

Instructors

Rusty McNeil

515-574-1213 mcneil@iowacentral.edu