Welcome to the Website for COM 418 Radio Programming and Production
at the University of Delaware. This is one of the Department
of Communication upper-level skills courses. I'm Chuck
Tarver the course instructor.
I always feel it important to share my biases with my students.
That way they can seek other sources of information and form their
own opinions. This site represents many of those biases, including:
- Students should be given a firm grounding in the history and
development of radio.
Radio is an old medium. It is now more than 80 years old.
Programming did not begin with "Classic Rock" the format
with which students are most familiar. If students are to
fully understand the programming strategies of today, they
need to understand what came before.
- Students should understand radio technology.
Everyone is not going to be an engineer but there are some
basics that anyone interested in radio needs to understand.
For example: understanding the difference between AM & FM
is an essential part of programming.
As a result of these biases, I have not found a suitable textbook.
Too many textbooks concentrate only on modern-day formats. Others
divorce history and technology from the art of programming. So
rather than have my students purchase hundreds of dollars worth
of textbooks, I have decided to compile information here.
Finally, I firmly believe that radio is fun. I hope that students
will continue to visit this site even after the class is over.
I also hope they will take time to send me information and materials
that will improve the course.