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Iowa Western Community College

Media Studies: Radio Performance & Production

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.S.

Average Class Size: 15
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Did you know that Iowa Western is the home of 89.7 The River, the area’s top-rated alternative rock radio station?

The Applied Electronic Media Studies: Radio Performance & Production program of study allows students to work intensively with professional radio personnel and learn how to develop the skills needed to succeed in all aspects of the radio industry.

Course work includes performance, promotions, sales, management, writing and producing commercials, news writing and reporting, and programming. Students can enhance their classroom experience by participating in all station operations at 89.7 The River.

Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in two years, and are ready to move directly into the radio industry.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Radio announcing is a competitive field; however, many students begin working part-time or at small stations and move their way up. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers as on-air announcers, morning show hosts/co-hosts, production assistants, production directors, and creative services specialists.

Salary: Regional
Average: $40,000

Entry Level: $25,000

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.