Radio broadcasting programs in New York are primarily offered at the bachelor's degree level, and majors may combine studies in television. Some associate and master's degree as well as undergraduate certificate programs are also available. These degree plans may provide opportunities for internships and practicums, which can prepare students to seek work as on-air personalities and behind-the-scenes producers and technicians. Some programs also feature concentrations. The ten colleges and universities profiled below include six public and four private (not-for-profit) institutions, and students will also find a comparison table with school and tuition information.
Adirondack Community College (SUNY)
Adirondack Community College in Queensbury is one of 64 institutions affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY), and the school offers both a certificate and a degree in radio broadcasting. The certificate requires 32 credits to complete and includes courses in digital audio and applied radio production, broadcast writing and mass communications. Students also participate in a 1- to 3-credit internship. A similar course of study can also be found in the 64-credit Associate of Applied Science program.
CUNY Brooklyn College
One of 11 senior-level institutions associated with the City University of New York (CUNY), Brooklyn College includes the School of Visual, Media and the Performing Arts. Currently, the Department of TV/Radio is composed of over 30 professors, lecturers and staff members. Students also have access to a campus-based television center and a radio station.
The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Television and Radio program that requires 36 credits of major coursework and helps students become proficient in the use of digital and electronic media. Core coursework includes topics in production concepts and technology, broadcast system development, mass media and writing. Students also have an opportunity to take a class in radio production that teaches them how to use studio and field equipment and produce a radio program.
Hofstra University is located in Hempstead, and through the Department of Radio, Television and Film (School of Communication), students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Radio Production and Studies. The award-winning faculty is composed of, among others, professional producers and radio personalities. Relevant facilities include the campus-based radio station and two studios.
The program requires 36 credits of major coursework and incorporates radio-specific topics in reporting and production, announcing and station imaging. Unique to the curriculum is a course in radio magazine production that allows undergraduates to experiment with a variety of formats. In addition, students have the opportunity to complete 1- to 3-credit practicums and internships.
This Ithaca-based college offers a Bachelor of Science in Television and Radio through the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies (School of Communications). Currently, the department is overseen by approximately 30 professors, and students also have access to a radio studio and equipment.
Undergraduates have the opportunity to specialize in one of six concentrations, including audio or media production. In addition to core coursework in field production and industry studies, the concentration allows for more in-depth training in microphone and recording techniques. Students also learn about musical styles and sound physics and participate in a senior seminar.
New York Institute of Technology
At the Old Westbury campus of the New York Institute of Technology, students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts. The degree requires 120 credits to complete and covers topics in broadcasting history, communication law and journalism. Through the radio production course, undergraduates can also learn about operating equipment and programming. Juniors and seniors may also be interested in the broadcast operations elective.
SUNY at Fredonia
The Department of Communication at the state university at Fredonia has an undergraduate program in audio production that includes 34 credits of major coursework. Students learn how to work with a variety of equipment and software, including Adobe Audition, Pro Tools and Soundtrack Pro. They can also find out how to write radio scripts and produce copy for electronic media. Capstone requirements allow for specializations in radio news or programming.
In addition to classroom work, undergraduates can join the Applied Communication Association, participate in radio and television internships or work at one of three campus-based radio stations. In 2016, the Department of Communication was overseen by approximately 18 full-time and emeritus faculty members.
SUNY College at Oswego
Through the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at the state university in Oswego, students can earn a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication. In addition to two broadcast stations, the campus serves as home to a National Public Radio affiliate and a digital production lab. Internship opportunities have included placements at Viacom Radio and Westwood One Radio networks.
Unique to the 24-credit curriculum core is a comprehensive study of broadcast and cable technology. To complete the 42 credits of major coursework, students can also take classes in broadcast sales, mass media and programming. In particular, the radio production course combines lectures with lab work and provides training in the use of broadcasting equipment and production procedures.
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
SUNY College at Plattsburgh has a Center for Communication and Journalism, and under the guidance of 18 faculty members, students can pursue an undergraduate program in one of six areas. These include a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in audio and radio production with 52 credits of major coursework.
After completing introductory classes in mass media and public speaking, aspiring professionals study digital audio recording and technology and learn how to write for radio and television. They also complete a 1-credit broadcast announcing practicum; the 2- to 4-credit audio field practicum is optional. Additional degree requirements include a senior seminar.
This Syracuse school serves as home to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where students can pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in television, radio and film. Up-to-date facilities include designated rooms for broadcast journalism and news writing, as well as a radio production lab.
Under the direction of approximately 17 faculty members, undergraduates in the Bachelor of Arts program learn how to create sound-based content and take courses in communication grammar and multimedia storytelling. They also complete a 3-credit capstone in one of five areas, including advanced audio practices.
The core requirements for the 36-credit Master of Arts program include proseminars in radio, television and film, an entertainment industry practicum and optional immersion trips to Los Angeles or New York City. The curriculum also allows for a maximum of 15-17 credits of electives in, among other areas, music recording, radio performance and popular culture.
Tompkins Cortland Community College (SUNY)
Tompkins Cortland Community College is located in Dryden and offers an Associate of Applied Science in Broadcast Production with a concentration in either radio or television. The 61-credit program includes training in broadcast communications, copywriting and operations. Students also learn how to create online media and acquire a background in communication ethics and law. During the final semester, they also complete an audio/visual portfolio.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radio Broadcasting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Adirondack Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; small suburb|| Radio Broadcasting Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Radio-Television Broadcasting
| $4,423 in-state;
|CUNY Brooklyn College||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Television and Radio|| $6,838 in-state;
|Hofstra University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Radio Production and Studies||$40,460*|
|Ithaca College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small suburb||Bachelor of Science in Television and Radio||$40,658*|
|New York Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts||$33,480*|
|SUNY at Fredonia||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Audio/Radio Production|| $8,074 in-state;
|SUNY College at Oswego||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Mass Communications|| $7,934 in-state;
|SUNY College at Plattsburgh||4-year, public; distant town|| Bachelor of Arts in Audio and Radio Production,
Bachelor of Science in Audio and Radio Production
| $7,850 in-state;
|Syracuse University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Television, Radio and Film,
Master of Arts in Television, Radio and Film
| $43,318 (undergraduate)*
|Tompkins Cortland Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; fringe town||Associate in Applied Science in Broadcast Production|| $5,666 in-state;
Source: *NCES College Navigator