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Audio/Radio Production and Studies

Overview

Imagine working in the studios of an award-winning campus radio station that broadcasts in the nation’s number one media market. As an audio/radio production and studies major at Hofstra, you’ll work in state-of-the-art facilities where you’ll master the latest industry equipment, develop your voice, and cover major news and sporting events, under the mentorship of dedicated professors who have years of broadcasting experience. You’ll build your resume with numerous opportunities for real-world experience -- on campus and through high-profile internships with some of the world’s best media companies in New York City, just a quick train ride away. And unlike many other schools, you can take advantage of these opportunities starting with your very first semester at Hofstra.

At WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University – named the nation’s best college radio station by BestColleges.com and twice named the non-commercial radio station of the year by the prestigious National Association of Broadcasters – you can hone your skills on the microphone or behind the scenes working in variety of programming formats that include news, talk, music, sports, and cultural shows. The station airs in the New York metro area and can be heard worldwide online and on the WRHU phone app, ensuring that your work will get wide exposure.

Our students have covered presidential debates (Hofstra is the only university to ever host three consecutive presidential debates - 2008, 2012 and 2016), elections, and White House inaugurations alongside professional media. They have interviewed A-list celebrities, and worked as play-by-play and color commentators on major league championship and playoff games. In fact, WRHU has been the flagship station of the NHL’s New York Islanders since 2010, the first and only college radio station in the nation to have an exclusive broadcasting agreement with a professional major-league sports team. In 2016, WRHU was also named the flagship station of the Long Island Nets, an NBA G-League team, producing and broadcasting its home games at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The audio/radio program has several broadcast production studios that serve as teaching classrooms, a digital audio post-production lab, and a multimedia audio/video live musical performance studio. The NewsHub, a cutting-edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom, contains Avid Media Composer digital editing software with ENPS integration, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, and the Adobe Media Suite.

Your Hofstra degree will prepare you to work in any audio/video setting including traditional AM/FM, web radio, podcasting, satellite radio, and smartphone apps. You can choose from many career options such as producer, engineer, reporter, announcer, disc jockey, or technician.

The program also has a strong foundation in the liberal arts, so you’ll develop the critical thinking skills and flexibility needed to adapt your craft to a constantly evolving media landscape. It’s no wonder our student reporters have won dozens of major national and regional honors from prestigious organizations such as the New York State Associated Press Association, the Press Club of Long Island, the Society of Professional Journalists, College Broadcasters, Inc., the Alliance for Women in Media, and New York Women in Communications – all before they graduated.

Curriculum

The audio/radio program lets you explore and master skills that are in high demand in the industry.

The BA in Audio/Radio Production and Studies is ideal for the student who is interested in radio and audio production, including radio reporting, announcing, producing, and podcasting. Coursework includes basic and advanced radio production, feature production for radio and podcast, digital radio programming and distribution, writing for radio and digital audio, and voice performance.

As an audio/radio major, you will:

  • Learn how to operate audio boards, microphones, and analog and digital recording and playback equipment, among other hardware in a professional broadcast studio.
  • Gain a full working knowledge of ProTools sound recording and production software, the industry standard, which will allow you to work in virtually any radio, TV, or film setting.
  • Analyze, script, and perform dramatic productions, DJ formats, news, commercial, and noncommercial spot reads.
  • Explore and understand how the industry has evolved from traditional AM and FM broadcast radio to digital platforms such as HD radio, satellite radio, Internet radio, podcasts, and the wide array of audio services delivered through mobile apps.
  • Study how broadcasters shape their radio station’s image and position it in the marketplace; students will learn the skills needed to create radio “sweepers,” music menus, and promos for shows, special events, and contests.

There are also minors in Film Studies and Radio, Television, Film.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Audio/Radio Production and Studies

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many Hofstra audio/radio graduates obtain positions with prestigious employers or continue their studies at top graduate schools. Recent alumni work at companies such as Sirius XM Radio, iHeartMedia, 1010 WINS Radio, NBC News, Fox News Radio, Apple, Inc., JVC Broadcasting, and Prime Point Media. Those pursuing graduate degrees are studying at institutions including: Columbia University, New York University, Boston University, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art & Design, and the American Film Institute.

96% are employed, grad school or both
92% accept a position within six months
$39K median salary
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Internships & Experiential Learning

Attending school just 25 miles from the media capital of the world significantly improves your chance of securing valuable internships that are sure to advance your career. Whatever your career plans, there are scores of internship possibilities in New York City and on Long Island that offer real-world experiences outside the classroom.

Radio students average about three internships during their time at Hofstra. Our students have recently interned with iHeartMedia, Voice of America, BBC America, CBS Network, Cox Media Group, ABC/ABC News, Barclays Center, Cablevision, CNN, ESPN, and Starz Entertainment, among many other prominent companies.

You’ll also enhance your education with numerous on-campus opportunities to gain hands-on experience and exposure including:

WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University, the nationally-recognized, community-licensed radio station, where award-winning student staffers produce programming that serves the Nassau-Suffolk-Queens listening audience on 88.7 FM and worldwide on wrhu.org and Facebook Live.

Required Radio, our internet radio station, carries a 24-hour stream of multimedia content including music, interviews, entertainment reviews, poetry, news, and sports. The station features student work from disciplines such as film, drama, dance, and rhetoric, as well as exclusive video and audio created by student staffers and contributors.

At Hofstra, we believe in training multi-platform communications professionals because that’s what the industry demands. So while you focus on your major area of study, you’re encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to get experience in other media.

At the Herbert School, there are more than a dozen award-winning campus outlets and organizations -- including The Hofstra Chronicle newspaper, Hofstra Filmmakers Club, Long Island Report news website, and Her Campus online magazine  -- where you can explore and work in a variety of mediums covering real-world stories, such as presidential and gubernatorial debates, political conventions and elections, professional and Division I college sports.

At the HEAT Network, student-run television productions include sports shows (Sports Beat), news programming (Hofstra Today), talk shows (Two Weeks Notice), and sketch comedy and live music (Thursday Night Live).

In addition, you can strengthen your production skills by joining Hofstra University’s Pride Productions. Students produce live online broadcasts of select Hofstra events, including NCAA Division I athletics, getting hands-on experience with the latest HD broadcast systems.

A strong alumni network provides valuable career connections, and many of our students are hired for internships and jobs by Hofstra graduates working in the field. There are also opportunities for students to network with industry leaders and Hofstra alumni working in all areas of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, and live and work as part of a pro-bono media production team in Rome, the Eternal City.

Meet BEN ABRAMS

 
 

Radio Production and Studies major Ben Abrams ‘19 is a producer, reporter, and anchor for WRHU 88.7 FM, where he co-created a weekly audio documentary program called “Getting to the Root,” which focuses on grassroots and community issues. Most recently, he served as a co-anchor of “Hofstra Votes Live,” the Herbert School’s first live multiplatform Election Night broadcast. Ben has also interned at NBC Nightly News and JVC Broadcasting.