About the Minneapolis / St. Paul Location Near Me
The best way hands-down to break into radio in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is to extern in a Twin Cities radio station–and we’re the one school that can get your foot in the door.
You could learn radio broadcasting in a college or trade school for 10-50 thousand dollars or more–or you could learn it one-on-one from an experienced radio professional in a real radio station for a fraction of that amount. The choice is clear! Get on the inside track, and get connected to the industry while you get your education. Our radio school alternative is the smartest, most cost-effective option on the market today.
Often referred to collectively as the “Twin Cities”, Minneapolis and St. Paul together anchor a metropolitan area of over 3 million people, making it the 16th largest radio market in America, according to Arbitron. Dozens of strong-signal radio stations compete for market share across the area, with both K- and W- call signs (since the Mississippi River runs directly through the metropolis). Some of the more popular area stations include KQRS (classic rock), K102 (country), KTIS (contemporary Christian), WCCO (news/talk) and KTSP (adult contemporary). Clear Channel station Cities 97 (KTCZ-FM) is of particular note for its “Cities Sampler” live music recording series, which have proven highly popular with local radio fans. Public radio also has a lasting legacy in the Twin Cities, with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) being the home stomping grounds for the nationally syndicated series “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Sportscasters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul keep busy with coverage of the Twin Cities’ major sports franchises: the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). Notable people with ties to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area include Bob Dylan, Sinclair Lewis, Prince, Jessica Lange, and Charles M. Schultz, among others.
Whether your desire is to be an on-air personality such as a sportscaster, radio DJ or talk show host; or to work behind the scenes as a programming director, technician or station manager; the Minneapolis-St. Paul radio market provides plenty of opportunities to learn, grow and connect. Why waste those opportunities sitting in a classroom where you can’t make connections or gain real world experience? Through our innovative mentor-extern approach, we can teach you on-the-job by placing you as an extern in a real radio broadcasting facility with one-on-one instruction by someone with years of actual radio experience.
Does our program work? Ask the more than 70 percent of our students who have gone on to successful industry careers, some getting hired even before they graduate! You owe it to yourself to find out what our Minneapolis-St. Paul radio school can do for your career.