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Program Code: 04851 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Broadcasting - Radio diploma program prepares you for the performance, creative, technical and business aspects of the radio and audio world. You will learn radio station operations, the use of broadcast and production equipment, and the fundamentals of writing, producing, and performing for radio and podcasting. You will also gain skills in station management, broadcast and podcast sales, marketing, news, programming and market research. Your studies will combine practical and theoretical aspects of radio broadcasting including effective speaking skills that can be applied to announcing, news and sports delivery. You will also be trained in writing and producing for radio using industry-standard software and studio equipment to fully prepare you for a variety of careers in radio. Students in our program contribute to 96.9 FM Radio Humber, our fully licensed campus and community radio station. Our FM signal can also be heard worldwide via radio.humber.ca. Your Humber radio broadcasting education will include the opportunity to create original content for 96.9 Radio Humber in our studios and bring it to life for your listeners.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Create radio productions and audio content, in studio and on location, using relevant broadcasting equipment and related industry technologies.
  2. Deliver, support and promote radio broadcast content via multiple platforms using a variety of media.
  3. Participate in the planning and preparation of programming content for a variety of radio formats.
  4. Monitor and evaluate the quality of radio broadcasts using appropriate relevant resources, tools and equipment which meet current industry standards.
  5. Assist in promoting a station’s brand and generating revenues through a variety of marketing and advertising sales activities.

  6. Plan and prepare interviews, scripts and reporting content for use in radio broadcasts.
  7. Use business skills and accepted industry practices in the completion of tasks and projects.
  8. Keep current with the needs of the broadcast industry using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
  9. Perform all work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, legislation, industry standards and company policies.
  10. Present live programming on air to relay various types of information and stories in different formats.


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Work Placement

Students will participate in a mandatory work placement which takes place in the last semester of study. After completing a work placement preparation course, students will be supported in marketing themselves to prospective employers in order to find a work placement that aligns with their personal career goals.

Possible host employers include 680 News, Global News Radio 640 Toronto, KiSS 92.5, Rogers Sportsnet 590 The FAN, 102.1 The Edge, Indie 88, Z103.5 FM, Flow 93.5, Jazz FM, Newstalk 1010 and CBC Radio.

The Humber Advantage

Stories in Sound: Humber Radio Graduate Panel and Information Session with Kym Geddes

Watch the “Stories in Sound” Info Session to learn more about the Radio Broadcasting program.

Thank You!

We are grateful to our corporate donors for their generous support of the Broadcasting - Radio program.

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"My time in Humber’s Broadcasting-Radio program will always stand out to me as two of the best years in my life. I made some great friends, and had way more fun than you should be allowed to have in school…Oh yeah, and I learned a ton!

I went to Humber because I didn’t want to just read about “the biz.” I wanted to learn by doing it. By using the equipment, recording projects, working on the school radio station and finding my way with the help of veterans who’d been there, done that and excelled.

Humber delivered in spades on all counts. I had a part-time job at the top news and talk station in the country before I’d even completed my second year, and I never looked back!

Humber delivered a foundation for me to build upon. I fully believe it was what I learned there that set me apart from and ahead of other young broadcasters when I started and I’ll always be grateful for it."

Mark Carcasole, Global News Toronto Reporter & Anchor, Radio Humber Grad

Expert Faculty

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Pina Crispo

Pina Crispo has been working in radio and content creation for the past 25 years. She was the youngest and first female to hold the title of promotion and marketing director under Corus ownership for one of Canada's top alt-rock radio stations, 102.1 The Edge.

Pina's radio career also includes spending time behind the mic while at Q107 Toronto as their street reporter, and she is currently the host and producer of The Parenting Show on Global News Radio 640 Toronto (the only parenting show on terrestrial radio in Canada).

In addition to radio, Pina is a professional voice actor and coach with close to 20 years of experience. Pina's career expands into social media as a blogger and social media manager through her brand Chic Mamma, established in 2011.

Pina enjoys sharing her passion, knowledge, and experience with her students through her Media Branding and Creative Content Development classes that she teaches here at Humber College. Pina is a proud Radio Humber graduate.

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Paul Cross

Paul Cross is a podcaster, broadcaster, documentary maker and professor. His podcast catalogue includes Cross Talk, a series on media history, commentary and analysis with an emphasis on audio media and the importance of listening, and The Erasure of Race: The Killing of Howard Joel Munroe, a collaboration released beginning in May 2021. He has presented feature workshops on specialized aspects of podcasting at Podcamp Toronto in 2019 and 2020. 

Paul's achievements in radio news and documentaries have been recognized by the New York Festivals and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. His broadcast career includes newscasting on radio stations including CFRB Newstalk 1010, 1050 CHUM, CHUM FM and AM 640. National newscasts he wrote and anchored have been aired on CHUM group and Broadcast News/Canadian Press stations throughout Canada. His research is focused on local radio in times of local crisis.  

Paul's work with students includes news and sports reporting, interviewing, podcasting, documentaries, music program production and audio drama and transmedia storytelling.

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Kate Evans

Kate Evans is the senior producer and showrunner of CBC's Podcast Playlist and The CBC Podcast Showcase. She is also a podcast columnist with CBC Radio, sharing podcast recommendations and trends on-air across the country. Kate came to the CBC from the world of commercial radio (Indie88, CHUM). Her work was awarded a New York Festivals' Bronze Medal in 2017.

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Kym Geddes

Kym Geddes is a certified professional leadership coach and team facilitator.

Her areas of expertise include leadership development, team building, new leader integration, change management, executive presence, and impact and influence communication.

Kym has directed the largest award-winning news/talk radio newsroom in Canada, leading a team in all aspects of the department, including news gathering and story production efforts, and long-range content vision. She also anchored newscasts at the top-rated major market radio stations in Canada.

She was the first woman news director at Canada’s most influential news/talk radio station and was instrumental in leading a cultural transformation focused on diversity, inclusion, equality, and teamwork. She led a major digital transformation initiative and developed and implemented strategies to embrace new technologies and meet the needs of customers and the evolving media landscape.

Kym is a natural relationship builder who has cultivated an extensive professional network with newsmakers, public relations agencies, media professionals, and the business community.

Throughout her career she has been the recipient of numerous awards including multiple Radio Television Digital News Association Canada (RTDNA) awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award USA for Best National Newscast, Best Regional Newscast, and Breaking News. In addition, she received the Distinguished Service Award RTDNA Canada in recognition of outstanding contribution in the continued success of the association and exemplary distinguished service rendered for the benefit and advancement of electronic and digital journalism.

Kym received her certified profession coach designation through the International Coach Federation’s accredited Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and she is an Energy Leadership Index master practitioner.

She has completed numerous leadership programs including Franklin Covey: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results; Franklin Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; and the University of Toronto’s EQ leadership certification.

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Neil Mathur

Neil loves radio. He built his own radio station in the basement as a kid just so he could play songs and talk on the air. In high school, Neil volunteered at McMaster University’s CFMU-FM and knew radio was his calling.

While a student at University of Toronto, Neil developed his radio skills at CHML and CHUM. On-air work followed in Montreal at The Weather Network and 990 CKIS. Neil was music director and assistant program director at Toronto's 97.3 EZ Rock and program director for Classical FM 96.3.

He also consults for media companies looking to grow their relevance and for podcasters refining their craft.

Neil earned his MA in Communication at Emerson College, Boston.

As a student of improv, you can find Neil on stage at Toronto comedy clubs as a member of The Assembly.

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Errol Nazareth

Errol Nazareth is a music journalist and the host of two shows on CBC Radio: Frequencies, which airs across Canada every Tuesday on CBC Music, and Big City Small World, which airs across the GTA every Saturday on CBC Radio One.
He's been playing professionally with words for over 20 years and has written for The Toronto Sun and the alternative weeklies NOW Magazine and Eye Weekly.

Errol teaches in Humber's radio programs, as well as two Media Writing courses and a Music Journalism course at Centennial College. He has also taught journalism at Centennial and at Ryerson University.

He’s judged three butter tart festivals in Ontario over the last few years and counts Public Enemy's Chuck D as a close friend.

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Steve Saylor

Steve is a Humber alumni from the 2010 Radio Broadcasting class. He has been a digital content creator since 2005. He's a podcaster, YouTuber, streamer, graphic designer, social media expert, and an influencer in the video game industry. He currently is an accessibility advocate and consultant for video games.

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Dean Sinclair

Radio enthusiast forever. 
Student talent audio whisperer.
Radio station whisperer.
Work horse -- not a show horse.
Love amazing stories.
Love the gig!

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John Vercillo

Senior Production Producer for Q107, 102.1 The Edge, Global News Radio 640 Toronto, 95.3 Energy FM with Corus Entertainment Toronto. Career spans over 44 years in the Radio Business with Slaight Communications, WIC Communications and now with Corus Entertainment.

Has taught part time at Humber College for over 15 years in both Radio Broadcasting and Media Foundation.

Education: Honours Diploma - Radio Broadcasting, Humber College (1977)

Study Abroad

We have a variety of international initiatives that students can explore for credit or work placement hours. These vary every year and offer cultural experiences for students who crave to be inspired by different surroundings and cultures. 

Your Career

Turn up the volume on your future with a radio broadcasting education from Humber. Radio and podcasting are thriving fields with hundreds of radio stations across Ontario and thousands more across Canada. Podcasting, online channels and satellite radio need content creators like you. With your diploma, you’ll have what it takes to succeed on air and behind the scenes.

Our graduates work as music and talk show hosts, news and sports anchors and reporters, podcasters, audio and content producers, sales and marketing representatives, and music and program directors at operations across Canada including prominent Toronto stations such as KISS 92.5, CHUM 104.5, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Indie 88, 102.1 the Edge, Newstalk 1010, 680News and CBC Radio. Many of our grads are household names in their communities and across Canada. Follow in the footsteps of Humber Radio broadcasting diploma alumni who are highly regarded media professionals, managers and owners.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 North Opening Soon

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Dual-Core i5 Dual-Core i7 or more
OS Win 10 64bit v1803 or macOS 10.13 or newer Win 10 64bit v1803 or macOS 10.13 or newer
Memory 8GB 16GB
Storage 250 GB SSD 500GB SSD
Monitor 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 or higher
Other Headphones, USB Microphone, High-speed internet access, Warranty External Sound interface with XLR and Phantom, USB Microphone, Headphones, High-speed internet access, Warranty

Contact Information

Kym Geddes, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4913
kym.geddes@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $17,618.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.

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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Kym Geddes, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4913
kym.geddes@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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