Kirt Hamm and Fred Aldous
Tempe, AX (December 16, 2015)—A unique education program developed by a broadcast hall of famer and The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) recently led Billy Reardon to a full-time broadcast career with mobile services group MTVG.
“There was a void in the industry for that next generation of broadcast engineers, and something needed to be done,” explained Fred Aldous, FOX Sports senior mixer and consultant, who is being inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in December. “I reached out to the Conservatory three years ago and together we developed a curriculum that properly instructs, trains and prepares students so that the industry will have an ongoing stream of new interns and entry-level professionals to fit their needs immediately.”
According to Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator, “With Fred’s continued help, we’ve now offered the broadcast curriculum for the past two years. We apply the same standards that we’ve offered in our audio recording curriculum for the past 30 years to our broadcast curriculum. Interns, such as Billy Reardon, are now making their way into the industry, properly prepared to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of any broadcast company.”
“I always knew that I wanted to do something with A/V, and so I moved from Denver to Tempe [to attend CRAS] when I was 22 after I graduated from CU Boulder,” explained Reardon, who added that CRAS personnel contacted Mobile TV Group on his behalf about a possible broadcast internship. After the internship, Reardon was hired full-time by MTVG.
“The goal of the internship was to see how I adapted to a new environment and to see if I was a good fit for the training program for the engineer position on truck 21HDX based out of Detroit,” Reardon added. “I am now the second engineer on that truck. Without the internship, I would not have had the basic foundation of knowledge to complete the training program.”
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