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posted: 7/1/2014 5:07 PM

'Be a Broadcaster' class offered to kids at MCC

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  • Stew Cohen

    Stew Cohen

Submitted by McHenry County College

For kids in fifth through ninth grades who are interested in broadcasting, radio or journalism, the "Be a Broadcaster" class taught by Stew Cohen, Fox Valley's own anchor for STAR 105.5, may enlighten future writers or news anchors.

The Be A Broadcaster class is part of the Kids and College/Summer Academy program at McHenry County College and takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. as a one-week option from July 7-10 or a two-week option from July 7-10 and July 14-17.

Be a Broadcaster condenses the four decades of Stew Cohen's career in broadcast news. He's picked techniques that translate his experience into action steps by learning how to interview, write, and deliver a radio newscast. In one class, students will be the host by interviewing their classmates or they may be the guest by answering the host's questions.

"Forty years of broadcasting can't be taught in one day," Cohen said. "But we can surely jump start the process by actively engaging students in the more hands-on aspects of the business. We'll also discuss techniques of radio speaking in high school speech tournaments. If you are thinking of radio speaking or other forensic activities, this could be a good start."

Additionally, students will participate in a live in a news conference with a VIP and tour the radio stations, WZSR-FM STAR 105.5 and WFXF-FM 103.9 The Fox, located across the parking lot from MCC.

Cost is $149 for the two-week option or $99 for the one-week option. To register, call the MCC Registration Office at (815) 455-8588 or fax the registration form with credit card information to (815) 455-3766 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In-person registration is also available in Room A258. For information, contact Laura Beaupre at or (815) 455-8597.