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November 28, 2006 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I am 18 years old, and I believe that my generation has lost touch with what is really entertainment. I want to someday host a variety show like yours and wonder what route I should take to get into the business in this day and age. What education do I need, and what can I do to make this goal a reality? To me, radio has really gone downhill. My dream is to entertain people with music and radio drama.
Radio is in a period of swift transition, Colin, an interesting time to watch and learn. The Internet and podcasting are changing things, opening up the field, bringing down some of the old empires, and opening things up to new voices. You can listen to just about anything and everything just surfing the Web. Try listening to "This American Life" and "Studio 360" and American RadioWorks documentaries and go on from there. I recommend a good solid liberal arts education, the best you can find, with a major in history or whatever most moves you not communications, not radio and try to develope your writing skills. A key to success in radio is having your own distinctive voice and writing will help you develop that. Four years from now, when you're done with college, radio will have turned itself inside out and then you'll have a clearer idea what might be possible for you. Good luck.