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Communications & Broadcast Technologies

The Program

The Communications and Broadcast Technologies department offers two degree options: Radio and Television, as well as several Certificate programs designed for career change, or upgrading of technical skills, on a part-time basis. The Associate of Applied Science degrees can be completed in four semesters of full time study, or over a longer period of time on a part-time basis.
These courses prepare students for employment in the broadcasting, cable, video production, and digital media industries, providing training on digital equipment similar to the equipment used by professionals in these fields.

The Radio/TV program is offered only on the Rockville campus.

The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) are career degrees not intended for transfer to a four-year college or university. If students are planning on transferring to a 4-year institution, please consult a TV/Radio coordinator for advising.

Introductory classes stress basic skills, materials and terminology used in the industry. More advanced classes give students the ability to plan and produce projects for air on MC TV, Channel 10. Students close to graduation are granted internships at local broadcasting outlets that most closely fit the students' skills. Students obtain valuable work experience and career planning from these internships, as well as references that could not otherwise be obtained.

Our full time faculty come to Montgomery College with years of experience in the broadcasting industry. Part time instructors are working professionals who take the time to teach MC students.

Video Production Facilities

The MC Television Production Complex features a 30' x 40' studio, and video control room, equipped with a Ross Vision I switcher, Deko 1000 character generator, digital audio board, teleprompter workstation, and source monitors, and is designed for classroom seating.

Programs and projects are mastered on DVC Pro tape, in the engineering control room, which supports all in-house TV production activities. Editing facilities consist of a 19 workstation digital media lab, and several non-linear edit suites. Projects are edited with either Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or Avid.

Some advanced TV production classes utilize the all-digital MC Channel 10 studio, and many student productions are broadcast on Channel 10. CBT students are encouraged to volunteer for large scale productions for air on MCTV.

Radio Facilities

The Radio complex provides students with 6 state-of-the-art digital radio production studios. Four production studios are used for basic and intermediate classes, while the remaining two studios are used for the college internet radio station eRadio WMCR.

The basic production studios utilize Pacific Research & Engineering’s Airwave-12 consoles, Marantz CD recorders, Sony mini-disc recorders, compact disc players, Electrovoice RE-20 mics with Symetrics mic processors, and Telos One telephone hybrid systems. Each studio features two Dell computers using Adobe Audition for editing and multi-tracking.

The advanced studios feature all the equipment of the basic studios plus the Scott Studios SS32 digital storage and playback system; used for the eRadio WMCR on-air control room and the eRadio WMCR Production studio. Sound effects and production music libraries are also available for advanced radio students.

Four digital workstation racks with computers allow students to work outside of the studios to do dubbing, mixing, and monitoring from one format to another and to do basic digital recording onto Adobe Audition.

eRadio WMCR is on the air 24 hours a day and can be heard by logging onto our home page at eRadio WMCR, then click the “Listen Now” button. We feature the Hot Adult Contemporary Format from 6AM to 6PM. Specialty programs air in the evenings; The 60’s at Six, The 70’s at Seven, the 80’s at Eight, and the 90’s at Nine. From 10PM to 6AM relax with Easy Overnight; classic lite rock music mixed with great album cuts.

Student coursework focuses on fundamental recording techniques, creation of radio shows, digital audio editing, commercial production, telephone interviews, long form radio shows, newscasts, sportscasts, advanced music radio announcing, advanced commercial production techniques, and gaining on-air experience as an air personality working for eRadio WMCR

Career Opportunities

Metropolitan Washington is a major center for television news and public affairs production. Discovery Networks, CNN, C-Span, Univision and BET have bureaus, or are headquartered here, and each network has a local affiliate station. These are among a wide variety of businesses and government agencies that use MC students as interns, and frequently hire them after graduation.  Washington, D.C. is the 8th largest radio market in the nation. Current and former MC Radio students work on-the-air and behind-the-scenes at many D.C. area radio stations.

For more Information:

Email Joanne Carl or call 240-567-5304


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