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Radio Business

  • Credits
    33
  • Degree Type
    Diploma
  • Campus Location
    TRF
  • No Laptop RequiredLaptop NOT Required

Radio MicrophoneThe business of radio broadcasting has changed dramatically in the digital age. Today, radio goes beyond the on-air signal, to reach listeners via the internet and podcasts. The Radio Business program is part of Northland's Center for New Media, a first of its kind approach to melding traditional broadcasting with the new media of the web. Students create programming for Pioneer 90.1, the only on-air radio station originating from a Minnesota Community and Technical College. The Radio Business diploma program trains students in the skills needed most by today's broadcast industry. Students gain an understanding of the economics of radio, podcasting and webcasting, sportscasting and remote broadcasting, web design and content creation, and commercial production.


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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of "C" or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
BUSN 1110 Intro to Business 3 credits
CPTR 1500 Intro Web Concepts 3 credits
DMED 1125 Digital Audio Production 3 credits
DMED 1135 Media Design Prin 3 credits
DMED 1202 Broadcasting Theory 4 credits
DMED 1205 Internet Broadcasting 3 credits
DMED 1210 Nonlinear Video Editing 3 credits
DMED 2110 Remote Broadcasting 3 credits
DMED 2220 Social Media 3 credits
DMED 2235 Internship 2 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 33 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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The Radio Business diploma program trains students in the skills needed most by today's broadcast industry:


  • An Understanding of the Economics of Radio

  • Podcasting & Webcasting

  • Sportscasting & Remote Broadcasting

  • Web Design & Content Creation

  • Commercial Production


The employment outlook for broadcast technician in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 7.2%, a low career growth.

Program Faculty

Thief River Falls Campus