A Cook and a Cat – Experts in the Broadcasting Industry

The cook and the cat know all about the broadcasting industry. They also know about teaching, sales, and sports. You may wonder, how did they become so knowledgeable? And what in the world do a cook and a cat have in common? The answer: broadcasting degrees. 사설토토

The Cook
Pamela Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. When she graduated college, she decided she was going to be a chef so she volunteered and did some private catering. The feedback she received was a bit curious. “People would tell me, ‘You did really well cooking, but it seems you enjoy talking about the food more than making it.’ I knew it wasn’t an insult,” she recalls. Thompson loved food and she definitely loved talking.

One day, while listening to the radio she heard an advertisement for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB). Then a thought occurred to Thompson, “Could I get paid to talk?” she wondered. Those with broadcasting degrees certainly do. She immediately looked into CSB. “I called them on a Thursday and they told me there was an open house that Saturday,” she recalls. She attended and knew right then and there that this is where she belonged. It’s here that she met Deborah Catacosinos.

The Cat
Catacosinos is no stranger to switching careers. At 44, she’s had a few different jobs. A psychology major at Penn State (University Park, PA), she worked in retail following graduation. Later on, at age 35, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in education. After teaching for a number of years, she took some time off to take care of her family (she has two daughters). Finally, as she sat in a parking lot of an Indian restaurant waiting for a friend, she heard a commercial for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting on ESPN. “I always wanted to be a broadcaster,” she says. “And I thought, ‘So what if I call and they say no? I have to try.'”

Together, Thompson and Catacosinos form “The Cook and the Cat,” a weekly hour-long sports radio talk show. Thompson explains the title: “Originally, I called it Sports Dish,” she says. Since Thompson started out as a chef and Catacosinos is such a passionate sports fan, “she could be catty and I could give food recipes,” Thompson says nonchalantly. What they learned in their broadcasting school is what helps them succeed within the broadcasting industry.

Broadcasting Degrees: How to Get There
In just eight short weeks, Thompson and Catacosinos were able to earn their certificates. And they got a great deal of experience and knowledge within that time. Catacosinos recalls one student who had earned her bachelor’s degree, who said she learned more in those eight weeks then she was ever able to learn in four years.CSB offers two programs: an eight-week and a 16-week intensive curriculum. Classes taken include some broadcasting basics, writing copy, and editing. It’s not specifically necessary to pick a specialty while in broadcasting school. “You can focus on one thing or you can learn everything,” says Catacosinos. “I had no pre-conceived notions. I just wanted to see if I could learn enough to get myself a job.”

The Winning Score for Broadcasting Degrees
In 2004, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the broadcasting industry supplied around 327,000 jobs. Competition continues to be fierce for those pursuing broadcasting careers so broadcasting degrees are a definite plus to get your foot in the door. According to the BLS, average weekly earnings for those in a non-supervisor position were $703 in 2004. Employment within the broadcasting industry should grow at a rate of about 11 percent by 2014, which is just three percent less than the average.

Get in the Game!
Broadcasting degrees give individuals with a knack for talking and writing and many other talents, the opportunity to excel. “There are so many different aspects,” says Thompson. Broadcasting school will present networking and the skills you need to succeed. “Stay with it and practice,” continues Thompson. “You may not be PETER JENNINGS but you can be something.”

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