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Radio Schools – Options and Alternatives

Looking for a broadcasting career in the area of Denver, Colorado? Then you’ve chosen a good market for it. When it comes to rankings, Arbitron has pegged Denver as the 20th radio market for the United States in 2009, while Nielsen judges Denver as the 16th market for television. However, in looking for radio schools, your options in Denver can be rough to sort out. (Local telephone books don’t just list “Denver radio schools”, for one thing.) So here are some information to help you navigate the waters as you get started.

For lots of people, attending college is enough for them to educate themselves for radio. There are some four-year colleges and universities that provide students degrees in communication with a concentration on broadcast media or radio; specific courses are also offered at some technical or community colleges throughout Denver. Of course, a well-rounded instruction is always a good choice; but with the quick advancements of technology in radio, colleges are constantly challenged with keeping their equipment updated, and your general training might not be as specialized as you’d like.

Certain trade schools that can exclusively train students for a career in broadcasting is also available – a “radio school,” to say the least. By giving you the most up-to-date training, you are more likely prepared to be more competitive in the job market from these schools. The actual studio is now accepted as the best possible classroom by a lot of educational programs these days, especially since radio is greatest learned while “doing.” Rather than try to purchase and maintain a distinct facility with high-priced gear and full-time instructors, these programs pair up students with qualified working professionals who do the training in an actual broadcast studio. The competitive working environment guarantees that students are taught the most up-to-date techniques on the most up-to-date equipment in a methodical progression without having to shell out huge amounts of cash.

Markets like Denver have potential and can lead to a very exhilarating and rewarding career in broadcasting. If you know your options and alternatives in discovering Denver radio schools, your training and your prospective career might be found in the same place.

-By: Alex D Baker

Denver Radio Schools offer one-on-one private mentoring at local radio stations from local on-air personalities. Learn from an on-air radio professional at the Radio Connection in your home town.

FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License – An Electronics and Radio Qualification

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a US government run agency that regulates the requirements for all Radio Emissions within the United States. Amongst its many sub-functions is the setting of Competency Standards for a plethora of different Operator Licenses that are legally required for Radio communications. One of the highest level Commercial licenses being the General Radiotelephone Operator License, or simply: GROL.

The GROL is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the Aviation, Maritime or International fixed public radio services.

This license must be held by operators of certain maritime and aviation based land radio stations, compulsory equipped ship radiotelephone stations operating with more than 1500 Watts of Peak Envelope Power (PEP), and voluntarily equipped ship stations with more than 1000 Watts of PEP.

The GROL also functions as a baseline for further License endorsements. For example, the Radar endorsement is required to legally install, maintain and service ship Radar equipment. Without attainment of this qualification, a career installing, Servicing or even designing Radar equipment (within the Military, Maritime or Aviation Industries) would be extremely difficult to achieve.

The GROL also functions as an Electronic and Radio competency for many skilled professionals, as it is issued by the US government. Thus, attainment of this qualification provides further validation of skills and knowledge that are achieved within these professions. To further illustrate this point, the domestic Broadcast Industry (Radio and television) is not legally bound to require Technicians and Engineers to hold a GROL. However, in a lot of instances these organizations recommend that this License be achieved to substantiate a high level of Electronic and Radio Communications knowledge.

In order to be eligible for the License to be issued, you must satisfy three basic requirements. They are:

1. Be a legal resident of the United States who is eligible for employment.

2. Be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in the English language.

3. Pass a multiple choice examination covering basic Electronic theory, Radio law, and Operating Procedures. These are covered in the FCC Element 1, and Element 3 Examinations.

Most FCC Licenses are achieved through various forms of Home Study tuition. This can be provided through an assortment of different types of Training material such as Tapes, CD’s, Books and Software packages. Unfortunately, without an Electronics background, and a dedicated study raceme attaining a GROL can be an almost impossible task. Also on top of this, some students find it difficult to achieve their goals when left to their own demise. Most Home Study courses leave the student without the ability to get any type of question answered as part of the presented Training Material, and there is often no reference to the basic principles that lie beneath the presented answers. In these cases, personal tuition is another option that should be sort.

On average, a dedicated student can consider sitting for the FCC examinations within a three month time period. For employment purposes, this qualification is well worth achieving!

-By: David Willcocks

David Willcocks is an Electronics professional, Trainer, and Technical writer. For more information on FCC Training please visit