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Radio reaches 95 per cent of the world’s population every day and is alive and as vital as ever. In 2016, the United Nations recognized the role of local radio in communities around the world as a life-saving source of local information during times of crisis.

If you love radio broadcasting, Humber’s Broadcasting – Radio graduate certificate program can help you develop the skills to make engaging and entertaining radio. The only program of its kind in Canada, this program helps you become a successful broadcaster. Imagine combining the experience of your undergraduate discipline and life experience with your new-found radio broadcasting skills! Many of our graduates are now household names in their communities and within the broadcast industry.

You will get a real-world taste of what it takes to make good radio. In-depth courses give you hands-on experience in radio writing, announcing, production, management, sales, programming, promotion, market research, interviewing techniques, news and sports writing, broadcast journalism, radio reporting and performing, newscasting, and hosting live news and music programs. You will produce exciting digital content including video and podcasts in Humber’s radio production studios.

The curriculum is designed in collaboration with leading industry experts, ensuring you’re learning current and relevant material. Course content is always updated to reflect current needs, such as the relationship with social media and other new media. Our faculty is comprised of the top performers in their disciplines, shaping what you hear each day on the radio. They are on-air personalities, creative producers, writers, news and program directors and managers, and they want to share what they know with you. Once you have gained a taste of the different aspects of the industry in the first semester, you will choose one of four pathways in the second semester:
• on-air announcing
• news and public affairs
• client services/creative production
• marketing/sales and management.

Your pathway class meets weekly and requires at least one “station operations” lab in the radio station each week. For the rest of each week, you will study together with all other students in the program. Students entering the on-air announcing and news pathways will need high standing in related first-semester courses and will be required to audition.

Hands-on training is provided at Humber’s student radio station, 96.9 FM, which broadcasts to much of Toronto, Peel and York regions. You will create original content in our digital studios and then experience the thrill of bringing it to air to listeners everywhere via FM stereo radio and live Internet streaming.


Semester 1

• COMM 5002: Writing for Radio 1
• RBC 5000: Basic Announcing
• RBC 5001: Broadcast Equipment
• RBC 5002: News Development
• RBC 5004: On-Air Performance 1
• RBC 5005: Sales Development 1
• RBC 5006: Introduction to Radio and Evolving Media

Semester 2

• RBC 5501: Station Operation (Major)
• RBC 5502: Radio Lab
• RBC 5503: Effective Speaking
• RBC 5504: Career Preparation for Radio
• RBC 5505: Creative Content Development
• RBC 5507: Radio Programming
• WORK 5505: Radio Placement

Work Placement

One of the very exciting aspects of the program is the 160-hour work placement following your second semester. Opportunities are available at radio stations and related media outlets in Toronto and across Canada. We work with you to identify a suitable placement, which is typically unpaid. Many students secure placements in Toronto, southern Ontario and across Canada. Some students find work placements outside Canada. It’s up to you – the skills you learn at Humber will help prepare you for a radio career anywhere in the world.

Your Career

Our graduates perform daily on hundreds of radio stations across Canada. Our alumni are staff at stations operated by Canada’s leading broadcasters such as Newstalk 1010, CHUM FM, SportsNet 590 The FAN, 680News, CBC Radio One and Radio 2, SiriusXM, and other major market stations such as 660News Calgary, CHED Edmonton and CFRA Ottawa. Some graduates prefer the adventure of broadcasting from smaller markets including Bracebridge, Ontario; Lloydminster, Alberta; Merritt, British Columbia; and Yellow knife in the Northwest Territories!

Radio is expanding: The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has granted more than a dozen new FM radio station licenses since 2014. Satellite, Internet, pay audio channels, audio and advertising production houses and new media, including podcasting, also require creative employees highly skilled in radio and digital media techniques.

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