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Audio-Radio Production Major

This major prepares you to work in fields including radio, television, live sound, and music recording. You gain the technical skills needed to produce live audio broadcasts. Learn how to conduct music-based field recordings. Get on the air through hands-on experiences in radio (at WARP and WQKE) and television (at PSTV).

Audio-Radio Production

Acquire technical proficiency with digital audio tools. Understand the theoretical concepts behind a variety of media. Learn what it takes to work in radio as a productions and promotions director, sales and operations manager, and disc jockey. Develop the ability to create a variety of audio productions for specific audiences. And experience the world of music recording through hands-on field recording of campus events.

On the radio side of this program, you have many opportunities to both learn and practice what’s involved in this longest-running medium: radio. From day one you can join up with students across campus. Broadcast the latest and greatest music (yet) to hit the airwaves as a member of WQKE, 93.9 FM — “The Quake.” Have your friends and family follow your progress by tuning in to your shows on the Internet at WQKEFM. To develop your on-air skills you run weekly shows that are broadcast on our cable-access, tele-radio station WARP.

In this program, you get to develop your audio-production abilities in multiple arenas. Good audio is critical for radio, television, film, digital media, music recording, and the Internet. You can focus your efforts in any and/or all of these areas. Many students join the ATI Production team as a part of CMM408, the Field Recording Practicum. These students develop music recording expertise by recording various musical concerts that are held on campus. Working in teams, students capture and post-produce CDs for area music directors.

Other students work closely with PSTV as audio specialists. And more opportunities exist for students interested in digital audio archival. Working in conjunction with Plattsburgh State’s Special Collections libraries, students capture, archive, and preserve recordings in a variety of different audio formats.

Learn about the many career opportunities a Audio-Radio Production Major can have!

Bachelor of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) in Audio-Radio Production (120 credits)

Program Requirements

8 Semester Graduation Plan — 120 Credits

Please note: This plan is provided as a guideline. Students will still need to work with advisors to fine-tune their schedule choices to accomplish their personal goals in the program. It is the students who are ultimately responsible for registering, tracking, and managing their own progress toward their degree requirements with the assistance of their Degree Works profile.

Important Reminders — graduation requirements:

1. General Education course requirements should be completed by the beginning of your junior year.

2. A minimum of 120 overall credits with at least 45 upper-level credits are required to graduate.

Upper-level courses are numbered in the 300–400 series (300 thru 499).

3.To acquire this degree four courses require a grade of “C” or better — CMM101, CMM118, CMM288, and CMM 335.

(CMM335 is the AWR—advanced writing requirement for this major.)

Year 1 — Freshman

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 101 Introduction to Public Speaking 3   CMM 118 Media & Society 3
CMM 232 Basic Audio Production 3   CMM 209 Broadcast Announcing Practicum 1
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective Course 3
ENG 101 College Writing II 3   Gen Ed Course Information & Technology Literacy 1
Gen Ed Course World Systems or Foreign Language 3   Gen Ed Course Natural Science (3–4 cr.) 4
Total   15   Gen Ed Course Mathematics 3
        Total   15

Year 2 — Sophomore

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 288 Fundamentals of Electronic Media 3   CMM Course Application & Development Block 3
CMM Course Application & Development Block 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Gen Ed Course Humanities or The Arts 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Gen Ed Course US or Western Civilization 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Total   15   Total   15

Year 3 — Junior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 464 Digital Audio Recording Application 4   CMM 428 Advanced Radio Production 4
CMM 335 Writing for Radio/TV 3   CMM 408/409 Field Recording or WARP Management Practice 2
CMM Course Communication Contexts Block 3   CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3
300/400 Upper Level Elective 3   300/400 Upper Level Elective 3
Gen Ed Course Global Issues (3–4 cr.) 3   300/400 Upper Level Elective 3
Total   16   Total   15

Year 4 — Senior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM Course Theoretical Foundation Block 3   CMM 491 Senior Seminar 1
CMM Course Application & Development Block 3   CMM Course Application & Development Block 3
CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3   CMM Course Communication Contexts Block 3
Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 4
Total   15   Total   14

*Applies to curriculum posted in SUNY Plattsburgh program catalog as of 2016–2017 academic year. 120 credits

Production Focus List (suggested elective options)

Course** How It Fits in With This Major Prerequisite Credits
CMM 210 Radio Announcing Practicum Work on-air at WQKE Radio CMM209 1
CMM 233 TV Station Operations Work as crew for PSTV CMM232 & POI-assigned to audio 3
CMM 312 Fundamentals of Multimedia Gain background in digital media CMM118 & sophomore 3
CMM 408 Field Recording Practicum Record/produce concert events CMM428 or CMM464 2
CMM 409 WARP Radio Management Work in management at WARP radio CMM209 & CMM232 2
CMM 446 Sound for Film & TV Craft film audio w/ADR, Foley & more CMM232 4
CMM 496 Lab Assistantship Work in the audio laboratories CMM232, POI, & application 3
CMM 498 Internships Full or part-time internships GPA & application process 3/6/12

Other Recommendations to Boost Your Potential

Double Major Options Minor Needed
Double major with TV-video production Add a broadcast management minor
Double major with digital media production Add a music minor
Double major with music Add a marketing minor
Double major with theatre Add a business minor

**Besides Pre-req’s, courses may require minimum GPA and/or application process

(Note: POI = Permission of Instructor )

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For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Timothy Clukey, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 111A
Phone: (518) 564-4290
Email: Timothy.Clukey@plattsburgh.edu

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681