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In spite of the fact that many people took advantage of the nice weather and the long weekend to get away, on Saturday, October 9, the halls of the Communications Department were buzzing with students, educators, community broadcasters, engineers and a host of media professionals. For the third straight year, the department and Simmons College Radio played host to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting (IBS) East Coast Radio & Webcasting Conference.
More than 150 students from over a dozen colleges, including University of Connecticut, Sarah Lawrence, Wentworth, Trinity and others attended the day-long series of panels and workshops. More than 20 sessions were held focusing on FCC Law, Copyright Issues, Media Production, Women in Media, Backpack Journalism and a host of others topics facing professionals in the communications industry.
The sessions were led by radio, engineering, FCC and media experts, radio managers and personalities from the Boston broadcast market, as well as Communications faculty from Simmons and several other participating schools.
Students were able to get one-on-one attention and advise from some of the most prominent radio professionals and academics in the area. This year's panelists included Simmons faculty member Judith Richland, as well as Simmons graduates Courtney Strakosch from Hartford's WHCN & ESPN Radio and Brittany Miltenberger, whose band, Northern Trend provided the post-event entertainment . The performance was aired live on Simmons College Radio. The music was great, the workshops were helpful, and the conference was another networking and learning opportunity for the college and high school-aged students in attendance.
Communications faculty member Len Mailloux, who also serves as General Manager of Simmons College Radio called the day a great success. Mailloux is in his 5th term as Chairman of IBS, which represents and advises more than 850 college and high school radio stations in the United States. The event was largely organized and hosted by Communications Majors and Simmons College Radio student managers. Plans are already in the works for 2011.