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Hudson Valley Welcomes Broadcasters For Roundtable Discussion of Careers

CONTACT:  Judith White or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071 [Hudson Valley Community College]
Walt Adams (518) 438-7682 [The New School of Radio and Television]
FOR RELEASE: Immediate: Friday, April 5, 2002

Radio personality Walt Adams will host a group of area radio and television professionals in a "roundtable" discussion of broadcasting careers at Hudson Valley Community College on Tuesday, April 23.

The event is being presented by Hudson Valley's Department of English and Humanities in conjunction with The New School of Radio and Television, for which Adams is assistant director. Last month, the two schools announced a new associate's degree program in broadcasting communications, in which students complete liberal arts courses at Hudson Valley Community College the first year, and then register for specialized courses at The New School in the second year.

The 50-minute program will begin at 11 a.m. in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Those planning to participate in the informational program include: television broadcasters Steve Caporizzo of WTEN, John Gray of WNYT, and Dave Palmer and Ed O'Brien of WRBG; radio broadcaster Jason Keller of WHRL, operations manager John Meaney of Anastos Media Group, and  promotions manager Pete Gamblet of ClearChannels.

Two of the broadcasters participating, Gray and O'Brien, are graduates of Hudson Valley Community College. Adams was one of the first graduates of The New School of Radio and Television and is currently host for WQAR's morning show.

"I think this will be a truly unique forum for anyone who has an interest in broadcasting," Adams said.

Each participant will explain his job and discuss salary ranges and job opportunities in his field, and all will take part in a question-and-answer session at the end of the program.

Adams said the public is invited to the free program, and that interested students, in particular, should attend.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.