Grady College welcomes GAB National Radio Talent Institute May 11-20

Twenty-four students from colleges and universities around the state will learn from professionals about all aspects of the radio industry during the Georgia Association of Broadcasters National Radio Talent Institute May 11-20 at the Grady College.  

Students had to apply and be accepted into the Institute, and this year’s cohort is nearly twice as large as the 2014 pilot program, according to Dan Vallie, president of the National Radio Talent System.

 “It’s exciting to see it grow from year to year,” said Vallie. “Hopefully it will continue to grow into a signature event of Grady College.”

The 10-day workshop includes sessions about on-air talent, production, marketing and promotion, sales, and management. Students will complete Radio Advertising Bureau training modules in preparation for the RAB Radio Marketing Professional Certification Exam.

This year’s impressive line up of speakers, which Vallie described as “a who’s who of broadcasters,” includes Lewis W. Dickey Jr., chairman, CEO and president of Cumulus Media.  Dickey will open the Institute with a presentation on entrepreneurship.

Another highlight of the Institute will be a trip to Atlanta for media tours of Philips Arena and Turner Field to learn about sports broadcasting and marketing from Steve Koonin, CEO of the Atlanta Hawks, and play-by-play announcer Steve Holman, among other industry veterans.

A returning favorite from last year, “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show with Wanda Smith” on V103/WVEE will broadcast live from the college on Friday, May 15 from 6 to 9 a.m.

Go to the Grady College Flickr page to view photos from the Institute.  Learn more about the National Talent Radio System by visiting

Date: May 8, 2015
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,