Please note that this program is closed. Applications are not being accepted at this time.Want to work at a radio station or enter the entrepreneurial world of podcasting? This hands-on program blends performance, content creation, technical production, and business skills to prepare students for success in the radio and podcasting industry. Loyalist College has two radio stations including, Loyalist Hot Hits and CJLX – 91X FM Alternative Radio. 91X is a CRTC (Canadian Radio, Television & Telecommunications Commission) licensed community campus stations serving the Bay of Quinte region (Listen Live). In addition to the professional training you will receive, you’ll gain effective speaking skills to improve your announcing delivery. Be it for local news, sports, traffic, weather, community events, current affairs or politics, you’ll cover it all while being fully immersed in multi-platform production. A career in radio can take you anywhere. Please note: Students will receive an Ontario College Diploma in Broadcasting – Radio.
"When it came time for our daughter to seek education for her (inevitable) career in radio, we were all in agreement that based on my success and the amazing start I got, she, too, would be following a similar educational path. Another community college success story."
- Radio Broadcasting 1982
- Host, 98.1 CHFI’s Morning Show @CHFIErin
"The beauty of the Loyalist program is that it builds the foundation for students to get started in the industry. I think what Loyalist does well, and always has, is that it gets its graduates ready for day one of an entry-level job. That’s what it did for me when I graduated and started working in 1995."
- Radio Broadcasting 1995
- CCMA 2014, 2015 Music Director of the Year–Medium or Small Market
"I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Radio Broadcast program at Loyalist. People always talk about a five-year plan; I don’t have one. Life is too short. If I can continue to work this dream job every day, I’ll be happy."
- Radio Broadcasting 1997
- Morning Show Host, “The Dawg’s Breakfast,” 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa
- Voted Ottawa’s Favourite Radio Personality
"During the final semester our professor told our class about a job in Yellowknife. I sent off my résumé, a few demos. The next thing I knew, I was offered the job. I’m 5,000 miles from my family and friends but I love where I am and what I’m doing."
- Radio Broadcasting 2012
- News producer and host, CJCD MIX 100, Yellowknife, NWT
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
Find your career
Radio and podcasts are critical sources for local news, sports, community events, current affairs and niche topics of interest such as fashion, business and entertainment. There are many opportunities in the radio and audio industry for trained professionals, both locally and nationally:
- Graduates find positions as announcers, podcasters, producers, copywriters, sales and promotional personnel, sportscasters, multi-platform content creators and radio web managers.
- Recent Loyalist College grads are working at radio stations across the country, at PLAY 92.1/104.9 The Wolf Regina, Moose FM Smithers BC, The Wolf Peterborough, HOT 89.9/LIVE 88.5 Ottawa, MOVE 98.3 Kingston, 95.5 HITS Belleville, New Country 92.3 Fredericton NB and MIX 106.5 Owen Sound.
Is it for you?
A wide range of people enjoy careers in radio. They may be described as people who:
- Are artistic and creative
- Enjoy being the centre of attention
- Prefer to work out of the spotlight, as part of a team
- Are curious and enjoy learning a little bit about everything
- Enjoy telling and creating stories
Our grads get great jobs
- Station Manager, ELMNT, Toronto
- Imaging Producer/Content Director, 105.7 K-Rock, Kingston
- Afternoon host/Program Director, Z-1035, Toronto
- Promotions Coordinator, JUMP! 106.9 & BOOM 99.7, Ottawa
- Account Executive, Bell Media, Ottawa
- Shoutcaster/Commentator, Freelance, Toronto
- Morning Show Host, Bounce Radio 103.7 / Podcaster, Boys in the Booth Podcast, Brockville
From the first week of classes you’ll get hands-on experience in a live, on-air environment, preparing you for actual broadcast conditions in the industry. In 2014, the CRTC renewed the broadcast licence for CJLX-91X FM for a seven-year term, which has been extended until 2022.
- Create radio productions and audio content, in studio and on location, using relevant broadcasting equipment and related industry technologies.
- Deliver, support, and promote radio broadcast content via multiple platforms using a variety of media.
- Participate in the planning and preparation of programming content for a variety of radio formats.
- Monitor and evaluate the quality of radio broadcasts using appropriate relevant resources, tools and equipment which meet current industry standards.
- Assist in promoting a station’s brand and generating revenues through a variety of marketing and advertising sales activities.
- Plan and prepare interviews, scripts and reporting content for use in radio broadcasts.
- Use business skills and accepted industry practices in the completion of tasks and projects.
- Keep current with the needs of the broadcast industry using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
- Perform all work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, legislation, industry standards, and company policies.
- Present live programming on air to relay various types of information and stories in different formats.
- Get valuable work experience during a four-week field placement anywhere in the country, with the potential to graduate into a job.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Professors bring decades of experience in radio broadcasting to the program.
- Many continue to work in radio, bringing current industry knowledge to the classroom.
- An expansive network of peer connections worldwide helps connect students with jobs.
- First Year - Semester One
- MEDI1026 Audio Content Creation 1
- Audio Content Creation starts your use of live and recorded sound in media. This course addresses what sound is, and how it’s captured and enhanced, before being distributed across multiple platforms. Sound recordings will occur in the studio and on location, using a variety of microphone types. You’ll use Adobe Audition software for recording and editing in single and multitrack formats.
- COMM1079 Communication for Career Success
- In this course, students will develop effective communication skills as an important element in their careers, whether it be within an organization, as a freelancer, or as a content creation entrepreneur.
- MEDI1028 Industry Focus 1
- In this course, students will explore the issues and emerging trends in the media industry.
- WRIT1024 Media Writing 1
- The fundamentals of writing to inform, enlighten, and entertain audiences are covered in this course that covers a range of media.
- MEDI1027 Multimedia Storytelling 1
- Students will mix media using appropriate software to tell convincing and multi-dimensional stories. Students will experiment with new technologies and strategies, to see how stories are transformed through different media. Course will include case studies of successful campaigns to learn best practices to apply to their own work.
- MEDI1033 Visual Content Creation 1
- The essential elements of visuals - video and stills - are put into practice and students will use a range of equipment, depending on the story being told and the audience.
- First Year - Semester Two
- MEDI1030 Audio Content Creation 2
The audio tool kit options will increase as students advance their skills in sound-based stories.
Prerequisite: MEDI 1026
- ETHI1018 Ethics and Current Affairs
- The complexity of issues and current events affecting content creators will be the focus of this course, helping students to reflect on multiple ethical perspectives.
- MEDI1032 Industry Focus 2
Students will continue to explore the media industry and begin to identify their own career paths.
Prerequisite: MEDI 1028
- WRIT1025 Media Writing 2
- Students will create an array of fiction and non-fiction formatted scripts, copy, and commentary for various media uses.
- MEDI1031 Multimedia Storytelling 2
- Using visual and audio assets, students will build their multimedia skills to tell and publish stories of increased complexity.
- MEDI1029 Visual Content Creation 2
- Students will continue to weave convincing visuals and layer on post-production skills to tell stories to a range of audiences.
- GNED1100 Becoming a Global Changemaker
- This Loyalist College graduate attributes course will help shape your perspectives, broaden your understanding of important issues affecting our societies today, and equip you with invaluable knowledge and skills that will inform your ability to influence your community in a meaningful and impactful way. By exploring topics such as cultural competency, Indigenous education, entrepreneurship, sustainability, health and wellness, and ecological literacy, you'll be equipped with a powerful toolkit that extends far beyond the classroom.
- Second Year - Semester Three
- RADB2029 Digital Media Promotion 1
- How are radio and podcasting using social media to drive traffic to consume content from websites? Analytics on how consumers respond to social media promotion will also be included.
- INDG2000 Indigenous Understanding
- Students will explore how culture and change have impacted Indigenous people and Canada to inform their perspectives from a media point of view.
- RADB2027 Integrated Sales and Marketing 1
- Students will explore how radio stations connect ratings and revenue to drive profit. The importance of sales and marketing to all departments of a station and the sales process will be the focus.
- RADB2025 Media Performance 1
- Media Performance focuses on the development of a student's on-air personality and offers an introduction to multi-person performance.
- RADB2026 Music and Current Affairs Programming 1
- This course will provide students with practical experience with scheduling music programming for automation and generation of content for mandated news, sports, and current affairs.
- RADB2028 Podcasting and Audio Assets 1
- The creation of podcasts and audio 'chapters' is explored to demonstrate the array of choices in sound storytelling via advanced software use.
- RADB2024 Radio Station Operations 1
- Students will focus their learning through the application of skills to the operation of 91X. Weekly priorities and planning pave the way for smooth station operations.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- PROF2042 Career Preparation and Industry Connection
- Students will be prepared to apply for positions in media with effective written and verbal communication skills, networking and portfolio/demo development, along with access to industry professionals who will inform them on what hiring managers look for, as well as career paths and options.
- RADB2036 Digital Media Promotion 2
- Finding the best way to promote a radio station or podcast series to listening consumers, students will create promotion campaigns to run as radio promos and social media links.
- RADB2034 Integrated Sales and Marketing 2
- Building on the previous Integrated Sales and Marketing course, students will continue to develop their skills in the sales process, and guide a client through the creative process.
- RADB2032 Media Performance 2
- Building on Media Performance 1, students will polish their live and recorded performances to a professional level, in-studio, and on location to build their demos to present to industry.
- RADB2033 Music and Current Affairs Programming 2
- Continuing from Music and Current Affairs Programming 1, students will maintain the digital library and research audiences and their reactions to format music.
- RADB2035 Podcasting and Audio Assets
- This course focuses on long-form production through the documentary format.
- RADB2031 Radio Station Operations 2
- A continuation of Radio Station Operations 1, this course sets the station schedules and priorities for a broadcast week, including the planning of live events.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements. Click here for more information about university transfer agreements.
- Algoma University – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
- Brock University – various*
- Carleton University – various*
- Lakehead University – various*
- Laurentian University – various*
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Nipissing University – various*
- Royal Roads University – B.A. in Professional Communication
- Ryerson University – various*
- Seneca College – Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- Ontario Tech University – B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo – various*
- University of Windsor – various*
- Western University – various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with receiving institution.
Post-grad at Loyalist
- Graduates from the Radio program are encouraged to apply to the Public Relations – Event Management post-graduate certificate program at Loyalist
- Students must apply through ontariocolleges.ca
- Because of their extensive production knowledge, some graduates may pursue college programs in music production
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2023 – 24)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
- Total: $4,030.08
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist College has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Computer laptop with program-specific software package(s). Specific computer requirements will be recommended.
- A College vehicle is available for use on assignment by students with a G-level driver’s license and Driver Abstract (insurance provided).
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist College. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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A BEAC Award winner in 2016 for Best Commercial/PSA, plus the BEAC President’s Award for Audio in 2016, this PSA for the Ontario Brain Injury Association was written and produced by Jessica Baldwin.
Produced by Sarah Osier, this is an example of station imaging, taking songs and mixing them together rhythmically.
A BEAC Award winner in 2016 for Best Promo, this Christmas promo for 91X was written and produced by Morra Haydon.
This commercial was written by Taylor Degrace and produced by Nik Ignatov for the Biotechnology program at Loyalist College.
The 2017 Michael Monty Award winner from the Ontario Association of Broadcasters, Loyalist student Andrew Mauro.
Written and produced by Deanna Jones, this is a PSA for the Three Oaks Women’s Shelter.
Written and produced by Brett Black, this is a PSA for the Loyalist College Respect campaign.
This is an excerpt of a longer documentary produced by Brett Black on substance abuse.
Jessica Baldwin, who completed a placement at Bell Media Brockville as a creative writer, wrote the following promotion for 103.7 BOB FM.
“Karrie Drinking and Driving” placed 2nd nationally in the BEAC awards in the public service announcement (PSA) category.
The voices of many Loyalist Radio – Broadcasting students came together to create a fun, attention-grabbing advertisement for Belleville Transit.
Carlie Boor created this public service announcement for Anti-Bullying Month.
This public service announcement on a similar theme was created by Dylan Hall.
This ad, which aired on the College Internet radio station Hot Hits, was created by Lewis Taylor to promote the station’s new programming style.
Check out second-year Radio – Broadcasting student Benjamin McLean at work, at College radio station 91X, as an on-air announcer.