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We are thrilled to say that after a three-year hiatus, the GAB Radio Talent Institute will be making a return to the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

This talent incubator spans 10 days and is led by broadcast professionals from around the state and country who bring their real-world industry knowledge to the institute.

Participating professionals praise the GAB Radio Talent Institute and embrace the Institute as the “go to” place to find bright, talented young broadcasters interested in entering the industry.

College students from universities throughout the state and region apply to be accepted into the GAB Radio Talent Institute. This provides an ideal networking pool for the students and a wide variety of potential interests within the classroom for industry professionals to identify and actively recruit from. Upon completion of the Institute, students can further their networking capabilities with the ability to access the National Radio Talent System’s Career Center.

The National Radio Talent System and the Radio Talent Institute is the campus-to-career connection most students need to begin their broadcast career and the connection for broadcasts to discover and hire entry level talent today that can be the leaders in the broadcast industry tomorrow.

Here are some the the Institute highlights
  • 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

Daily Curriculum

Click the image below to see a sample curriculum from the 2022 Kellar Radio Talent Institute.

To download the entire schedule in a printable PDF click here

Guest Instructors

Greg Abee

Air Talent & Production Assistant
93.3 The Planet, WTPT-FM
Entercom Upstate
Greenville, SC

KJ Allen

President and Managing Member
Oconee Radio Group
Northeast & Middle Georgia

Karen Andrews

Director of Special Events & Student Leadership
Grady College, University of Georgia Athens
On-Campus Director
Athens, GA

Don Anthony

Founder & President, Talentmaster
Publisher, The Morning Mouth Magazine & Jockline Daily
Creator & Host Morning Show Boot Camp & Talk Show Boot Camp

Dave Archer

Color Analyst & Broadcaster
92.9 The Game WZGC FM
Entercom Communications
Atlanta, GA

Greg Ausham

Program Director
Rock 100.5 WNNX-FM
Atlanta, GA

Emily Austen

Sports Broadcaster & Motivational Speaker
92.9 The Game WZGC FM
Entercom Communications
Atlanta, GA

Rob Babin

Regional Vice President
Cox Media Group
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Thomas Bacote

Market Manager
Macon/Newnan/LaGrange, GA

Adam Bomb

Nights Live with Adam Bomb
Westwood One Network
Atlanta, GA

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 entry-level talent for 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 1st, 2023

About the National Radio Talent System

Initially developed by NRTS Founder Dan Vallie, the unique hands-on and immersive program enables students to participate in sessions, that included such topics as on-air delivery, sports, news, promotions, production, podcasting, engineering, digital, and sales, as well as complete the RAB Radio Marketing Professional certification course.

Since acquiring the talent system in 2020, RAB has assembled an NRTS Board Committee chaired by Seven Mountain Media's Kristin Cantrell and an NRTS Alumni Advisory Council focused on helping the organization develop and plan for future institutes, recruiting new talent into broadcast radio, and fostering engagement between broadcasters and institute graduates.

The National Radio Talent System, a division of the Radio Advertising Bureau, (RAB) produces Radio Talent Institutes on college campuses across America. It is the first and only program of its kind in the world, discovering and preparing the next generation of broadcasters.

About the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia is one of the elite journalism schools in the country, according to the Radio Television Digital News Association, and is the home of the Peabody Awards.

Established in 1915, the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is named after legendary Atlanta journalist and University of Georgia alum, Henry Woodfin Grady. Grady served as editor for the Atlanta Constitution, building the newspaper into one of the most influential in the nation.

Grady College offers undergraduate degrees in advertising, public relations, digital and broadcast journalism, and mass media arts with an emphasis in magazines, public affairs, publication management, or visual journalism, and a certificate in new media. The College also offers a master’s and doctoral degree in mass communication, as well as a certificate in media industry research. Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Grady is a leader in journalism research and education. The College is home to several prominent centers and institutes, including the Peabody Awards, recognized as the most prestigious award in electronic journalism. Grady’s faculty comprises internationally known researchers and respected industry professionals. Alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Emmy Award-winning producers and reporters, and company CEOs.

The mission of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is to prepare students to be effective users and practitioners of the mass media, to provide the mass media with more and better services for their consumers, and to assist the public in using the mass media to meet personal and community needs.

About the Georgia Association of Broadcasters

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) is the sponsor responsible for making the GAB Radio Talent Institute possible in Georgia.

Bob Houghton, president of the GAB, praised the Institute saying, “I believe that this is one of the most impactful things that we have accomplished at the GAB. The 150+ students that have participated in the program actively learned from the very people in our industry that do the work they aspire to, as well as the hiring for those jobs! These young broadcasters are engaged, talented, and developing a passion for our industry. This program is the opportunity to cultivate that passion and turn it into a career. I am thrilled with what we and our partners are doing at the University of Georgia and the Radio Talent Institute. This program is fantastic for the overall good of our industry and our hope is that it will be done all over the country.”

The GAB is the trade association representing the interests of Georgia’s over-the-air radio and television licensees who reach over 90 percent of Georgia’s population every week. GAB provides technical, regulatory, and advocacy support to our members as well as offering continuing professional enrichment opportunities designed to keep Georgia broadcasters at the forefront of serving their communities.


Our Mission

The GAB Radio Talent Institute attracts, trains and creates opportunity for talented, enthusiastic and well educated young adults who have a passion for the broadcast industry. College students, recent graduates, grad students, interns and part-timers at radio or TV stations work through an intensive 10-days to bring them to a better understanding of each aspect of the industry, including on-air, programming, writing, news, sports and sales; all students also participate in RAB training and take the exam to earn their Radio marketing Professional Certification.

The GAB Radio Talent Institute prepares the students to excel in entry-level positions upon their graduation, and better ensures they get a start in and have a successful career in broadcasting.

Part of the goal is to prepare students, along with their Liberal Arts education, to the point that they can walk into a professional radio station environment and not only be comfortable, but to excel in every area of the business, from on-air to programming to sales to management ... we expect no less than to prepare a future generation of broadcast leaders.

We look to attract the brightest of the brightest students to bring fresh talent into the industry who can contribute to make the industry even more dynamic.



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