About the Pittsburgh Location Near Me
There’s no better way to gain the experience you need to succeed in radio than to extern in a real Pittsburgh radio station–and we’re the school that puts you there.
Other radio schools typically charge 10-50 thousand dollars in tuition to teach you in classrooms and simulated facilities. We can educate you in a real radio station for a fraction of that amount, helping you make valuable industry connections along the way. The choice is clear! Get on the inside track, and learn the business from the inside. Our radio school alternative is the smartest and most cost-efficient program you’ll find anywhere.
Located at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers (garnering it the nickname “City of Bridges”), Pittsburgh is home to about 300,000 people, but anchors a greater metro region of over 2.3 million. Famously built upon the steel industry (although economically now more diverse), Pittsburgh also has a rich legacy in media. KDKA (AM-1020), established in 1920, was the world’s first commercial radio station, and today the News/Talk station continues to rank among the area’s most listened-to radio stations. Likewise, television station KDKA 2 was the first network television station to broadcast 24/7.
Currently ranked by Arbitron as the nation’s 25th largest radio market, Pittsburgh is home to dozens of high-powered radio stations, blanketing the area with a wide range of formats. Besides KDKA-AM mentioned earlier, other prominent stations competing for market share include WKST-FM (96.1), broadcasting Pop and Hip-Hop; WBZZ-FM (100.7), broadcasting Adult Contemporary; and Modern Rock station WXDX-FM (105.9), among others.
Whether your passion is to become a radio DJ, sportscaster, talk show host, station manager, programming director or other radio professional, Pittsburgh offers plenty of real-world opportunities to learn, grow and connect. You won’t be able to take advantage of these opportunities by sitting in a classroom; that’s why the RADIO CONNECTION places you as an extern in a real Pittsburgh radio station, from day one.
Our famous mentor-extern approach focuses entirely on one-on-one instruction, on-the job with a successful radio professional who serves as your personal mentor. Combining a structured curriculum with plenty of hands-on experience, our 6-month program is designed to teach you the ins and outs of radio broadcasting in a very practical way while giving you opportunities to form working relationships with other professionals in the radio market. Over 70 percent of our graduates go on to successful industry careers, and you could be next. You owe it to yourself to see what our Pittsburgh radio school can do for your career.