Gary 'Turbo' Webb
In 2007, I decided to go back to school and change careers. I had been a retail manager for nine years and I found it unfulfilling. I wasn’t happy and I was working an extreme number of hours.
Since I was 15 years old, people have told me that I have a good voice. I never really understood how to take that. Finally, after years of hearing that I would sound good on the radio, I decided that’s what I was going to do.
On somewhat of a whim, I quit my job and decided to go to school to become an on-air personality. I wasn’t very familiar with RSU but I decided to check it out. When I looked into the university, I was excited to find it had a communications degree, as well as a radio and television station.
When I started taking classes, I got as involved as I possibly could. I volunteered at the television station, joined the Student Broadcast Association and familiarized myself with the radio station. I pestered the radio station’s general manager until a job opened up and was ecstatic when they hired me as the traffic director.
I had not completed enough prerequisites during my first couple semesters to take advanced classes like voice and articulation or audio practicum. To learn more about being on air, I met with Hugh Foley, fine arts professor and on-air personality. He had a weekly three-hour session where he took time to teach people how to operate the board and be on the radio. This helped me build a good foundation.
RSU has given me valuable hands on experience. That’s why I think this university has a big advantage over other schools. The opportunities students have here are one of a kind. We have our own college radio station, we broadcast into Tulsa and you can stream the station live at http://www.rsuradio.com/. As far as programing goes, we run a college indie rock format with more than 20 different specialty shows, which is really rare these days.
If you have a dream that you are passionate about, go for it! My dream was to be on the radio and that’s exactly what I’m doing.