Students earning an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Broadcasting will have the opportunity to receive hands-on learning experiences in audio production, announcing, and performance at the KAWC facility. AWC students are also eligible to work as interns in the KAWC studios, working alongside Yuma Public Radio professionals.
AWC is the only community college in Arizona to operate both AM and FM radio stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The stations, known collectively as Yuma Public Radio, have a potential audience of 135,000 in Yuma County and eastern Imperial County, California. Both stations are also streamed over the Internet at KAWC.org. KAWC-AM broadcasts a News/Talk format, while KAWC-FM broadcasts NPR news along with alternative, jazz, and classical music. KAWC-FM also broadcasts locally-produced news, alternative music, and jazz programs.
Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:
- Communicate effectively in: written work, oral presentation, and interpersonal communication during collaborative production work
- Demonstrate a theoretical, historical, conceptual, legal, and critical understanding of the radio industry
- Demonstrate the audio production process to include the pre-production, production, and post-production stages
- Exhibit proficiency in recording and editing for audio productions
- Produce and program a radio show