Radio Connection Students Who Get a Mentor are Learning How to be a DJ

Los Angeles, California, August 4, 2008–The Entertainment Career Connection, Inc., offering certificate programs in all aspects of filmmaking, radio broadcasting and audio engineering, today announced a recent increase in the number of students wishing to learn how to be a radio DJ, announcer or a sportscaster with on-the-job training via the Radio Connection where they can get a mentor in the radio profession. The course teaches the skills required in a real radio station where you get actual on the job, and on air experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says announcers held about 71,000 jobs in 2006.

Today’s technicians must also learn computer networking and software skills. Software on desktop computers has replaced specialized electronic equipment in many recording and editing functions. Most radio and television stations have replaced videotapes and audiotapes with computer hard drives and other computer data storage systems. Computer networks linked to specialized equipment dominate modern broadcasting.

According to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, half of all radio and television announcers—some of whom were disc jockeys—earned between $8.10 and $18.62 an hour in 2004. 10 percent of the lowest paid earned less than $6.55. The highest-paid 10 percent made more than $32.98 an hour.

Radio Connection, an alternative to radio broadcasting school trains students to become a radio broadcaster, program director, voice-over artist, promotions director and more. Over the last 24 years more than 6,000 students have graduated from Entertainment Career Connection programs, creating a vast alumni network worldwide. The company provides educational extern programs for the entertainment arts including the film, radio, television and music recording industries.

Typical assignments include in-studio lab time training in an on-air radio station with state-of-the-art equipment. With no experience necessary, the radio program is taught one-on-one, in private sessions, in real radio stations with a real radio professional that takes each student through the course curriculum.

Howard Parker is now making millions as a voice-over artist. His first job was at Taco Bell, but it was the Radio Connection where he got his start in the voiceover business.

“This program works. It put me in front of real radio professionals, and I stuck to them like glue and learned all I could from them,” said Bell. Listen to Howard Bell.

Best of all, students can learn by doing in the town where they live with no relocation, taking classes part time, or training around a job schedule. Radio jobs are in high demand so it is easier to get a job at a smaller radio station, and just one more reason to look for a radio school like Entertainment Career Connection where mentors can help students get a job after graduation. Digital recording, editing, and broadcasting has changed the work of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators. While earnings are higher in larger cities than in smaller towns

The 13 part course includes written curriculums and training guides. Some of the classes include:

  • Voice and Speech Development
  • Commercial Announcing and Copywriting
  • Voiceovers
  • Commercial Announcing
  • Sports Broadcasting and Writing
  • News Broadcasting
  • Disc Jockey or Talk Show Host
  • Weather Reporting
  • The Technical Stuff, and much more…

The Film Connection has mentor programs in more than 250 U.S. cities in all fifty states. With corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California and New York City, the Entertainment Career Connection schools are unlike any others, as students learn from successful mentors in real world situations in real studio and film sets as opposed to simulated classrooms.

Nationally, nearly two dozen student loan lenders have announced they are restricting, suspending or terminating new loans to students through the Federal Family Education Loan Program, or FFEL, the federally-guaranteed, low-cost initiative that provided college financing last year to 7 million students around the country.

About Entertainment Career Connection, Inc.

Founded in 1984, the Entertainment Career Connection, Inc. has provided educational extern programs for the film, radio, television and the music recording industries in more than 100 U.S. cities in all 50 states. The schools, where graduates find their dream careers, provide the entertainment industry with apprentices and entry level employees.

Entertainment Career Connection has a reputation for having the best alternative to conventional radio school, music production and film making schools in the entertainment media industry. Entertainment Connection has a reputation for having the finest radio school, music production and film making schools in the entertainment media industry. Unlike in ordinary school or colleges, students learn from successful mentors in real world situations including active recording studio sessions, on real film sets and at actual on air radio stations as opposed to simulated classrooms where the pressures of client interaction and real deadlines do not exist.

The company is headquartered at Hollywood and Vine, by the historic Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California. Visit, or

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Entertainment Career Connection, Inc.
6253 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90028
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T: 1.800.755.7597

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