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GAB Talent Institute May 13 - 18, 2024


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APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW! 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 Georgia Association of Broadcasters Radio Talent Institute™ at Grady College of Journalism on the campus of the UGA in Athens, Georgia   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 media and a determination to get into the business.

The National Radio Talent System™ is made up of multiple Talent Institutes at 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 GAB Radio Talent Institute™ at Grady College of UGA is the campus-to-career connection most students need to begin their broadcast career, each not only learning from the dozens of pros but are able to network with them individually. This proves invaluable, as most will otherwise never have such an opportunity to meet and speak with these professionals. Likewise, these pros already have an introduction to these students who are available for open positions.

Upon completion of the institute, students will further their networking opportunities with 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 of 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

8:45am Opening Comments

Janice Hume, PhD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications - Athens, Georgia

Bob Houghton, President
Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Atlanta

9:30-10:30pm It's Not Your Parent's Radio Erica Farber
Recent President & CEO RAB/NRTS
New York, NY
10:45-11:45pm RAB Training Module:
#2 - Prospecting - Finding and Evaluating Prospects
Kent Dunn, Regional Vice President
Beasley Media Group, Augusta/Fayetteville, GA
12 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:00pm On Air/Production Voice-Over: Creatively Communicating" Vito Gorinas, Production Director/Voice Actor
Cumulus, Atlanta
2:15-3:15pm RAB Training Modules
#3 - Getting the Appointments
#4 - Conducting a Great CNA
Val Carolin, Regional VP/GM
Cumulus, Atlanta
3:30-4:30pm Music Scheduling - How & Why?
#4 - Conducting a Great CNA
Val Garris, Former VP Programming
Cumulus Media, Atlanta
4:45-5:45pm Social Hour at The Rook & Pawn with Industry Professionals
8:45am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno, UGA Scholastic Outreach, On-Campus Director
GAB Radio Talent Institute

What Are Programmers and Content Directors Looking For

Chris Eagan, VP Audience & Operations
Cox Media Group Corporate, Atlanta
10:30-11:45m Building a Career from On Air, PD, VP, VP/GM, SVP, to President Allen Power, President, Broadcast Media
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group, Atlanta
12 noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:15pm Creating Content for Social Media in a Digital Age Lori Lewis, Lori Lewis Media

Podcasting: Today & the Future

Mike McVay, President/Founder
Avon Lake, OH

Aircheck Masterclass

Mike McVay
5:15-6:15pm Social Hour at The Rook And Pawn with Industry Pros
6:30am Bus to Atlanta
9:15am Arrive at Truist Park  
9:30-10:30am Running an MLB Team
Jim Smith, VP of Business, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta
10:30am-11:00am Marketing & Media Adam Zimmerman, VP of Marketing, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta
11:00-11:30am Tour Truist Park
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, Program Director, 92-9 The Game
Audacy, Atlanta

Beau Morgan, 92-9 The Game
Audacy, Atlanta

Knox Bardeen, Brand Manager
Audacy, Atlanta

3:30pm Depart for the UGA Campus

8:45am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno
9:00-10:15am RAB Training Modules:
#12 - Addressing Objections and Closings
#13 - Buyer Styles
Sanders Hickey, Partner
Golden Isles Broadcasting, Brunswick, GA
10:30-11:45am How to Get a Great Job
Rick Caffey, SVP/Market Manager, Audacy, Atlanta
12 noon Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Marketing and Promotions - Doing It Right in the New World Chandra Kinsey, Regional Promotions Director South Atlanta/Chattanooga/Memphis
Audacy, Atlanta
2:00-3:00pm Creative Writing for Radio Myron "Magic" Giggua, Owner/Founder
MVP Magic Voice Productions, Atlanta
3:00-4:00pm What Media Companies Look For & Aircheck Masterclass John Dimick, SVP Operations
Cumulus Media Corporate, Atlanta
4:30-5:30pm Super Social Hour Celebrating the GABs 90th Anniversary
6:00-10:00am Live Broadcast Big Tigger Morning Show, V103/WVEE
Audacy Atlanta
10:00am-10:10am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno
10:15-11:15am TBD
Erica Farber, Recent President & CEO RAB/NRTS
New York, NY
10:45-11:45am "Basics of Doing a Great Music Music Radio Show"
Jerry McKenna, STAR 94-1 Brand Manager/PD
Jenn Hobby (Star 94.1 Morning Personality)
Kannon (Star 94.1 Afternoon Personality)
STAR 94-1, Atlanta
12:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15pm Nielsen - Ratings for Programming & Sales John Shomby, Founder/Owner
Country Radio's Coach
Nashville, TN
2:30-3:30pm RAB Training Module: #17
Goal Setting & Time Management
Rob Babin, Executive Vice President
Cox Media, Atlanta
3:30-4:30pm It's Time To Start Thinking Like a Pro Jaleigh Long, VP/Market Manager
Cox Media Group, Atlanta
4:45-5:45pm Social Hour at The Rook and Pawn with Industry Pros
8:45-9:00am Announcements and Agenda Preview Stephanie Moreno
9:00-10:00am "Public vs Commercial Broadcasting: What's the Difference?" Martin Matheny, Program Director/Content Strategist
WUGA, Athens, GA
10:15-11:15am Reporting Traffic on Talk & News Radio Doug Turnbull, PM Drive/Traffic Anchor
Traffic/News WSB, Atlanta
11:30-12:30 Adjusting From College to Pro Dr. Dale Van Cantfort, Dept Chair, Mass Comm
Piedmont College, Demorest, GA

Garrett Chapman, Member Services/GAB
(NRTS Graduate)
Producer/Content Creator
92.9 The Game, Atlanta

Abby Jessen, On Air Talent/ Asst. PD
(NRTS Graduate)
WSB Cox Media, Atlanta

Madison Parker, On Air Talent
107-7 The Breeze
Habersham Broadcasting, Cornelia, GA
12:45pm Lunch
1:45-2:45pm How to Get a Good Job
Aircheck Masterclass
Don Anthony, Morning Mouth Magazine, Morning Show Boot Camp
3:00pm Awarding of Certificates & Closing Remarks Bob Houghton - GAB
Erica Farber - RAB/NRTS

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 Students 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 6-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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