Broadcast Students Gain On-The-Air Experience, Cash
By Jim Varley
(This article appeared May 23, 1968, in the Modesto Junior College newspaper, Pirates' Log)
Experience is the prevalent problem for anyone seeking a job that falls in any category other than unskilled. In most cases the one with experience lands the job over one without. The irony is how one gains experience if he cannot find an employer willing to hire him. Education is not the sole qualification accepted by many potential employers. Broadcasting is no exception to the rule. Big-name announcers have years of experience, and hundreds of on-the-air hours.
Students of broadcasting here at Modesto Junior College are fortunate in two ways. First, they have Radio KRJC to use as a workshop thus gaining part of much-needed on-the-air experience. Second, some local radio stations are willing to provide part-time jobs for those seeking a career in broadcasting.
Radio stations employ students for a variety of reasons. Most all stations need part-time help as they broadcast seven days. week. Rather than pay announcers and disc jockeys overtime for work done over forty hours per week, it is more economical to hire students on a part-time basis.
Hiring students is economical for stations as pay scales different greatly from that paid an experienced announcer, to the pay received by a relatively inexperienced student. Unfortunately, many stations take advantage of this fact by refusing to increase the amount of pay after experience and quality improve.
Not all stations operate in this manner. Representatives of Radio KSRT (FM) reported that though they do operate on a limited budget, they are willing to advance individuals who are willing workers and show improvement. They also stated that in some instances inexperience is preferred as it carries no former poor working habits and facilitates a more adaptable person. In some cases students even prove more reliable because they are seeking experience.
With the exception of a few who work more, most students average twenty hours per week. All carry a full course of classes. Those enrolled in broadcasting who work at radio stations are the following:
Max Chapman is employed by KCEY in Turlock. He holds an FCC First Class License. Holders of that first class license will testify to weeks and probably months of diligent study in order to obtain it.
Dan Johnson is employed by KLBS (AM-FM) in Los Banos. He also is sales manager for San Francisco State College and a first class license in the near future is in his sights.
John Chappell, KRJC station manager, and Wes Page work at KSRT in Tracy. Page holds an Associate of Arts degree in electronics. Both are working toward a first class license.
Frank Azevedo holds what might be considered the most unique job within the broadcasting class. He works at KLOC (Channel 19, Modesto) television. This summer he will earn his first class license. When I asked what were some of Azevedo's duties, station manager Mel Quereo said "a little of everything."
Though all students rate present jobs as valuable experience as well as rewarding, the time they spend on KRJC is never talked of as being unimportant and without merit.
For most. KRJC is their first start toward a career in broadcasting.
Original recovery and post production work by Rick Myers.