“Get involved in as many projects as possible to gain as much experience as you can.”
Meet a recent graduate of Illinois Media School, Deonte Jones-Ferrell, who is focused on becoming a sportscaster and sharpening his skills as a producer of 3 radio shows, co-host on 2, and co-host of a podcast. #DoWhatYouLove
Recently hired at iHeartMedia WVON 1690 AM as Board Operator, Deonte aspires to continue to grow a career and one day be a Sports Analyst for ESPN and to be the owner of his own brand.
When asked about his experience at Illinois Media School, Deonte eagerly offered this testimonial: “I enrolled in December of 2021 and my experience was amazing from the word GO! Despite having shoulder surgery in January, I was able to take advantage of every opportunity that came my way. I was able to gain a position at WVON 1690 AM as a producer/board operator, Co-host at ILLINATIONAL RADIO, Co-host at Chicagolandsports.com, and Stage Hand at Silver Screen Events.
“Who said the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the Moon”
I would like to thank Campus Director Tinka Randle for always being accessible and willing to listen; Ms. Clareese for making sure all my assignments and intern hours were up to par; Chuckyvision for all the extra help even on projects that weren’t his assignments (get the shots); Instructors Fred, Oz, and Chi-Blizz for pushing me to be great when it came to everything radio and audio; Ricky Rampage for laying the groundwork and giving me the motivation to get started; Admissions Representative Karli Rainey for being the glue and opening so many doors for me; and Eric A. for supporting every project I got involved with and giving me timely advice.
“Last but definitely not least, Career Services Director Lisa Fenton who watched out for me. Ms. Lisa continues to assist me in finding opportunities. I appreciate everyone on the Illinois Media School staff that had an impact on my time there.”
We greatly appreciate Deonte’s personal testimony and the trust he has placed in us as educators. Motivated and determined, please join us in wishing Deonte Jones-Ferrell continued success. His future is bright! 🌟🎙🏈