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MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Radio/TV Department is hosting an open house from noon-2 p.m. Friday. Guests interested in experiencing working with broadcast equipment firsthand are encouraged to stop by and enjoy free food.

The open house will follow Laker Visit Day, which is an event for potential students that includes campus tours and opportunities to meet with faculty, students, staff and learn more about the college’s 150 majors.

During the Radio/TV open house, guests are invited to broadcast LIVE on the college’s student-run FM radio station, WLKL 89.9, The Max Alternative; anchor a newscast in the TV studio; use equipment in the TV production control room and studio; record and listen to their own audio spot using professional audio equipment; operate state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experiment with industry-standard digital editing software.

“Anyone with an interest in this field is welcome to come, whether that be a high school student, a non-traditional student or a member of the public. Guests will be introduced to the studios, gain hands-on experience with broadcast equipment and software and will be introduced to the opportunities within the field,” said Greg Powers, speech communication/broadcasting instructor at Lake Land College.

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Prospective students can major in radio/TV broadcasting and earn an associate degree that leads to either a Transfer Ready or a Workforce Ready degree. Students can also choose among three certificate programs.

“Lake Land College is one of only a few places where you get started within the first two weeks gaining that sense of comfort behind a microphone and on screen,” said Powers.

Those interested in fulfilling general elective credits can enroll in department classes throughout the year. Opportunities within the curriculum include broadcasting live on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative, anchoring a newscast, using equipment in the TV production control room and studio, recording and listening to an audio spot using professional audio equipment, operating state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experimenting with industry-standard digital editing software.

For more information on the Radio/TV Open House or the Radio and TV Broadcasting program, contact Powers at gpowers@lakelandcollege.edu or call 217-234-5335.

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