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GAB Talent Institute May 13 - 18, 2024


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APPLY SOON! Take a huge step toward starting your career in On Air, Podcasting, Streaming, Audio Production, News/Talk, Sports, Social Media, Sales, Marketing, Promotions and more!

The National Radio Talent System™ creates opportunities for new and emerging careers in media.  It is truly an incubator of well-rounded, well-educated college students, or recent graduates with a passion for the media and a determination to get into the business.

The National Radio Talent System™ is made up of multiple Talent Institutes on colleges and universities throughout the United States. Each institute brings in industry professionals from around the country as Guest Speakers who bring their real-world knowledge to this intensive 6-day summer program.

The National Radio Talent System™ is the campus-to-career connection most students need to begin their broadcast career. Each student not only learns from these pros but networks with them individually. This is invaluable as most will otherwise, never have such an opportunity to get appointments with the dozens of professionals. Likewise, these pros looking to hire new people already have the introduction to these students.

Upon completion of the institute, students will further their networking opportunities with the ability to access the National Radio Talent System's Career Center. This is where those in the industry are able to discover and hire NRTS graduates, who very likely, will be tomorrow's industry leaders.

Here are some the the Institute highlights (See Curriculum for more)
  • Now is the Time to Start Thinking Like a Pro
  • Radio's Digital Content & Social Media
  • Programming Sports Talk Radio
  • How to Get In and Win
  • Marketing and Promotions - Doing It Right
  • Basics of Great Voice Work and Production
  • Goal Setting & Time Management
  • Doing It Live & Voice Tracking
  • How to Get a Good Job
  • How to Do A Great Talk Radio Show
  • Basics of Doing a Great Music Radio Show
  • Music Scheduling How & Why
  • Sales & Marketing

Daily Curriculum
for the GAB Radio Talent Institute


1:00pm Opening Comments

Charles Davis, PhD Dean, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications - University of Georgia

Bob Houghton President Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Atlanta

Bob Lawrence General Manager National Radio Talent System Madison, M

1:30-2:30pm "You and Your Broadcast Career" Allen Power President Salem Radio, Inc. Atlanta
2:45-3:45pm "The Digital Program Director Digital Content & Social Media" Lori Lewis, Lori Lewis Media, Atlanta
4:00-5:00pm Social Hour at West End Ale Haus with Industry Professionals
Evening Assignment: RAB Training Module #1 - The Role of a Radio Marketing Consultant
8:45am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno, UGA Scholastic Outreach, On-Campus Director, GAB Radio Talent Institute

RAB Training Module:
#2 - Prospecting - Finding and Evaluating Prospects

Kent Dunn, Regional Vice President, Beasley Media Group, Augusta/Fayetteville, GA
10:30-11:45m RAB Training Modules
#3 - Getting the Appointments
#4 - How to Conduct a Great Client Needs Analysis
Paul O'Malley, President/Market Manager, Saga Communications, Inc., Charleston Radio Group, Charleston, SC
12 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:15pm RAB Training Modules:
#5 - The Component of Great Proposals
#6 - Features and Benefits
Emily Ward (NRTS Graduate), General Sales Manager, Audacy, Atlanta

RAB Training Modules:
#7 - Understanding Competitive Media #8 - Why Radio.

Sanders Hickey, Partner, Golden Isles Broadcasting, Brunswick, GA
4:30-5:30pm Social Hour at The Rook And Pawn with Industry Pros
Evening Assignment: RAB Training Modules
#9 - Scheduling for Success
#10 - The Power of Creative
6:30am Bus to Atlanta
9:15am Arrive at State Farm Arena  
9:30-10:30am Play-by-Plat Announcing
Steve Holman, Play-by-Play Announcer, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta
10:30am-11:00am "Running a Sports Team" Steve Koonin, CEO Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena, Atlanta
11:00-11:30am Tour State Farm Arena
11:30-12:45pm Lunch  
1:00-2:00pm "Programming Sports Talk Radio" Mike Conti, Program Director, 92-9 The Game, Audacy, Atlanta
2:00-3:15pm Sports Radio Super Session Mike Conti (Moderator)
Steak Shapiro, Sports Broadcaster , 92-9 The Game/Audacy, Atlanta
Beau Morgan, 92-9 The Game/Audacy, Atlanta
Knox Bardeen, Brand Manager, 92-9 The Game/Audacy, Atlanta
Evening Assignment: RAB Training Modules:
#11 - The Best Presentations
#14 - Making Money with RAB Resources
NOTE: Modules #12 and #13 will be done during tomorrow’s session.

8:45am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno
9:00-10:15am RAB Training Modules:
#12 - Addressing Objections and Closings
#13 - Buyer Styles
KJ Allen, President, Oconee Radio Group, Helen, GA
10:45-11:45am RAB Training Module #17 "Goal Setting and Time Management"
Rick Caffey, SVP/Market Manager, Audacy, Atlanta
12 noon Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Marketing and Promotions - Doing It Right Chandra Kinsey, Regional Promotions Director, South Atlanta/Chattanooga/Memphis Audacy, Atlanta
2:15-3:15pm "Music Scheduling – How & Why" Val Garris, VP Programming, Cumulus Media, Atlanta
3:30-4:30pm "Programming: The Total Picture" Mike McVay, President, McVay Media, Cleveland Lakes, OH
5:00-6:00pm Social Hour at The Rook and Pawn with Industry Pros
Evening Assignment: RAB Training Modules:
#15 - The Fundamentals of Co-op Advertising
#16 - How to Find Alternative Revenue Sources
6:00-10:00am Live Broadcast Big Tigger Morning Show, V103/WVEE, Audacy Atlanta
10:00am-10:10am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno
10:10-10:40am Show Prep
Big Tigger Morning Show
10:45-11:45am "Basics of Doing a Great Music Music Radio Show"
Reggie Rouse
VP Programming V103 Audacy, Atlanta
11:45am Lunch
1:00-2:00pm "Nielsen – How It's Used for Programming, Sales, and Marketing" Jenny Williams , Account Manager/Client Solutions Nielsen Atlanta
2:00-3:00pm "From Student to Pro" Rob Babin, Executive Vice President, Cox Media, Atlanta
3:15pm RAB Radio Marketing Professional Certification Exam
10:00-10:30am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno
10:30-11:45am "Public Broadcasting: How's it Different?" Jimmy Sanders, General Manager, WUGA, Athens, GA
12noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:15-2:15pm How to Get a Good Job Don Anthony, Morning Mouth Magazine, Morning Show Boot Camp, Atlanta
2:15-3:15pm Air Check Sessions - Master Class Don Anthony

Industry Pros Speaking at GAB Radio Talent Institute

Chris Eagan

Vice President Audience & Operations
Cox Media Group
Atlanta, GA

Chandra Kinsey

Regional Promotions Director
Audacy, Inc.
Atlanta | Chattanooga | Memphis

Callie Dauler

Podcaster/Radio-TV Producer
tentwentytwo Projects
Atlanta, GA

Big Tigger

Big Tigger Morning Show
WVEE-V103 Atlanta
Audacy, Inc.

Don Turnbull

PM Drive/Traffic Anchor
WSB Atlanta
Cox Media Group

GAB Radio Talent Institute Say It Best!

Emily Wisniewski

Justin Harris

Carmen Corley

Destiny Hartwell

Frequently Asked Questions

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters Radio Talent Institute is an intense 10-day program held on the campus of Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in partnership with National Radio Talent System.

National Radio Talent System is the only program of its kind in the world. It’s a system of Radio Talent Institutes on college campuses across America. Its mission is to discover, coach and nurture the next generations of professionals in the industry.

National Radio Talent System brings over 30 radio professionals to the GAB Radio Talent Institute to teach interactive sessions. Over the ten days you will personally learn from them, meet, mingle, and network with them. It could take years to meet and build relationships with this many broadcasters otherwise. Broadcast professionals from almost every aspect of the radio industry lead sessions; on-air, sales, digital, sports, news, production, management, marketing, programming, social media, etc.

After completion of the GAB Radio Talent Institute, you are highlighted on the National Radio Talent System website to broadcasters regionally and nationally. 70% of students who attend the GAB Radio Talent Institute get their first job in broadcasting after graduation.

YES. You don’t have to choose one or the other. To date, every radio station has allowed their interns to break away from the internship for ten days to participate in Radio Talent Institutes.

All college students, recent graduates and grad students from all universities in the state and region and interns and part-timers at radio or TV stations are welcomed. A total of 25 students are accepted on a rolling acceptance, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances.

The National Radio Talent System provides a “Certificate of Completion” from the GAB Radio Talent Institute and a “Radio Marketing Professional” certification from the Radio Advertising Bureau.

A $395 Registration fee is paid after you are notified of acceptance, and that cost includes a meal card for lunch to use during the 10 days. Housing, if needed, is available on campus for an extra fee.

Yes. You may cancel your registration and request a refund for the GAB Institute at the University of GA in Athens by April 15, 2024

GAB's Mission

Each student attending the GAB Radio Talent Institute are able to because of the hard work and financial resources provided by the GAB, in association with the National Radio Talent Systemâ„¢.

The team of professional broadcasters at GAB are dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring those sharing a passion for this industry.

We are all truly excited to offer you this this first step in launching your exciting broadcasting career.

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) was founded in Savannah, Georgia by William T. Knight in July of 1934. It was founded as a trade association to represent the interests of Georgia's over-the-air radio and television licensees.

Bob Houghton has served as President of the GAB since March of 2012. Today, membership is comprised of more than 500 radio and television broadcasters who reach more than 95% of Georgia's population every week. With offices located in the North Atlanta area, membership covers all 159 counties in the state.

The GAB provides technical, regulatory, and advocacy support to members, as well as offering continuing professional enrichment opportunities designed to keep Georgia broadcasters at the forefront of the industry.

The GAB's business model is designed to allow members to benefit from all the services without requiring dues.

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