By Becca Urrutia / Staff Writer
The energy was electric in the Radio and TV 1 class at the LAC as an Emmy was passed around for students to touch. Students rubbed the Emmy as they would for the genie to grant their wishes. Excited mutters were heard throughout the classroom. They were imagining the opportunities that this class gives them.
Robert Hersh teaches Radio/TV 1, Introduction to Broadcasting and a multi-Emmy award winning director whose credits range from radio, television, game shows and national sports. His awards include the Peabody, Cable ACE, Columbia DuPont, National Education Association and two Director’s Guild of America awards.
Hersh lectured about how radio was crumbling in the ‘1950s, until the country was swept away by rock-and-roll, and he said that’s what saved the radio industry.
Isaac Dickson, 25, a multimedia major, said, “I want a promotion at my current job, and this class will help me do it, but more than anything I have a passion for broadcasting.”
The students share a passion for broadcasting, as their eyes light up when discussing all the previous legends, in the field of radio and television.
Jason Long, 25, a radio and television major, when talking about what he likes about LBCC, said, “The classes, especially the R/TV on-camera, and the campus is safe.”
There are many fields in radio and television broadcasting with many opportunities available for men and women. In sports you can go into announcing, talk show host, commentator, analyst, press box, sportscaster, anchor, producer, information director, telecast operations, sports radio voice and sideline reporter.
Another possibility is internships. Students can learn how to host weekly coaching shows, create a sports personality and their own sports talk show.
Jobs available in all parts of the world, and well-trained talented sports broadcasters are high in demand.
In internship-students can see if they enjoy it, and the sponsor can decide whether the student is a right match for the company. Students have the choice to stay or find another field.
Jennifer Pang 20, a nursing major, said that she is taking this class because it fulfills her general education.
The possibilities for students are also available in any field they desire, including, anchor, writer, digital imaging technician, director, costumes and wardrobe, computer effects, concept artist, consulting producer, animator, art department coordinator, audio visual technician, broadcast engineer, camera operator and camera assistant.
Kelsey Brandin 20, a film and video major, said, “I love this field, it’s part of my major and I want to keep busy this summer.”
With Hersh, students say they feel confident that they can obtain their dreams and as Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”