I have had the opportunity to hire graduates from The Ohio/Illinois Center for full and part-time production assistants. I have been fortunate with the people I have hired from your school in getting great employees. They come well prepared and eager to learn, and grow in the broadcasting industry. Every time I have openings, I interview several candidates from your school and find them to be prompt, well dressed, and eager to find out more about the position they are interviewing for. I will continue to consider hiring graduates from your school when they fit the profile I am looking for.
Michael Lusk – Senior director WJW-TV,
I just finished six months here at KLMJ/KQCR in Hampton, Iowa, and I think it’s starting to sink in! I am a broadcaster. Employees of these stations were very impressed at how prepared I was for my job, and by the fifth day I was left alone to do my shift from 6pm to midnight. At a small station you do EVERYTHING. I read news, produce spots, program the overnights, and do commercial production. This just scratches the surface. Value the time at school and at your internships. I did! And I came though this door prepared. I’ve learned a lot, and I owe a debt of gratitude to the school
Aaron Zack Stein – On-Air KLMJ,
In my position as Executive News Director for three network TV affiliates, I screen and evaluate hundreds of potential employees every year. I can honestly say The Ohio/Illinois Centers for Broadcasting provides one of the best curriculums in the country. When we have entry-level positions open, my first call is always to the placement director at The Ohio/Illinois Centers for Broadcasting. It is without hesitation that I give O/ICB my endorsement. Their program only continues to get better, and I look forward to the next group of graduates. I would like to say if anyone has a serious desire to get into the field of broadcasting, there is no better route to take than going through the Ohio/Illinois Centers for Broadcasting.
David Christopher – Executive News Director, WICS-TV, ABC-NewsChannel 20,
Having had the opportunity to work with students from OCB several times, I have found the interns to be well prepared for an internship in the industry. Your graduates are ready to work in this business, and understand the basic concepts needed to succeed in the industry. As a matter of fact, I currently have several graduates of OCB as PAID members of the WNCX and K-Rock, WXRK Street Team. I look forward to a long lasting relationship with OCB.
Marshall Goudy – Promotions/Marketing Manager, WNCX / WXRK, CBS Radio,
I am currently the Chief Audio Engineer and Junior Editor at THE WORD Church. I am responsible for the daily radio, and a weekly TV broadcast, which are heard and seen by millions of listeners and viewers all around THE WORLD. I took the things that I learned from OCB, and ran with them – from contacts, work ethic, being on time, FYI, being on time is being late, and learning to follow leadership. If you think you’re a leader, turn around. If no one is following you, you’re just taking a walk!!! Good luck in your future careers.
Marcus Peeler – Chief Audio Engineer The Word Christian Broadcasting,
Hello from the Twin Cities! Here in Minneapolis, I’m part of a seven-person newsroom that sends out text, audio cuts, and live news and sportscasts to nearly 80 affiliate stations statewide. I owe a lot to everyone at OCB, not the least of which is the satisfaction of knowing my life will never be the same. I won’t reiterate the advice you’re getting about making it in broadcasting, but if you latch on to a few good nuggets – whatever speaks to you – they can get you to a good place.
Monica Buch – Anchor/Reporter,
I am happily employed as an engineer for Piedmont Television in Youngstown, Ohio, WKBN-CBS, and WYFX-Fox. I wake up every day and can’t wait to go to work. Being in broadcasting is about having fun and enjoying what you do. I am responsible for running master control, keeping the FCC logs for both stations updated, getting feeds from our satellite dishes, and sending them to the server, and to backup tape. At OCB, get your hands on the equipment as much as possible. The fact that I was so familiar with much of the equipment has allowed me to progress much quicker than a lot of other people. The more hands-on experience you get while at OCB, the more valuable you will be at your first job. I am truly grateful for the hands-on education OCB gave me.
Michael Lehtonen – Engineer,
Wow! A year ago I was sitting in the classroom on the Be On Air side with Mr. Steve Pappas learning the ins and outs of broadcasting. And now, I ‘m the News Director for WBNO and WQCT in Bryan, Ohio.
Courtney Elizabeth – News Director,
One year ago today I was wasting my life away until I drove to Cleveland and The Ohio Center for Broadcasting. There I began to walk a path that has made me a better and more driven person. I have a long way to go in achieving my dream, but I’m past the start and always moving forward. Here’s looking forward to a bright future!