About the Portland Location Near Me
When it comes to breaking into the Portland, Oregon radio market, we believe there’s no better way than externing in a Portland radio station–and no better radio school alternative than the Radio Connection for Radio Broadcasting.
Our students have the opportunity to get their foot in the door of a radio station or studio right on day one. We think paying upwards of 10-50 thousand dollars trying to learn radio broadcasting at an expensive college or trade school is not the best use of your time or money if what you ultimately want to do is work in the real world of radio broadcasting.
With us, you’re matched with an experience radio professional with years of experience in the industry. This person mentors you on-site. Homework, reading assignments, and preparatory materials are provided via our interactive Radio Connection eBook.
We believe the best way to learn radio is in radio. While you have the opportunity to learn the day to day practices of the trade, you’re interfacing with professionals, making those prospective connections that often lead to paid work and job offers.
Located in the Pacific Northwest where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers meet, Portland, Oregon is renowned for its outdoor beauty as well as its culture. Famous for its coffee, microbreweries, art, literature and music, Portland has been the stomping grounds for authors such as Beverly Cleary, Donald Miller and Ursula K. Le Guin, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, and indie rock acts The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, the late Elliott Smith, and The Shins, among others.
With a population of over half a million people (and anchoring a greater metro of over 2.2 million), Portland is ranked as the nation’s 23rd largest radio market, according to Arbitron. Numerous high-powered radio stations blanket the area, competing for market share with formats ranging from Classic Rock to Country, from Alternative to Adult Contemporary, and from News/Talk to Sports. If you want to launch a career as a radio DJ, talk show host, station manager, programming director or related radio career, you won’t find many more real-world learning opportunities than in Portland–and the Radio Connection helps you connect to these opportunities in ways conventional radio schools can’t.
How do we do it? We bypass the classroom setting and put you in the heart of the action from day one. Through our mentor-extern approach, we place you in a real Portland radio facility as a working extern, pairing you with a seasoned radio professional for one-on-one, hands-on training. Every lesson is conducted on-the-job, giving you the chance to gain real work experience while making important industry connections, and thereby giving you a solid advantage in the job market. Enroll today, and you’ll discover why over 70 percent of our graduates go on to build successful careers in broadcasting.