# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Radio Communications I Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Radio Communications I (8640/36 weeks, 140 hours)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Observing Safety Procedures

  1. Identify the use and maintenance of tools and equipment.
  2. Maintain a clean and orderly work area.
  3. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  4. Identify electrical hazards and common safety procedures regarding wiring and cables.

Practicing Communication Skills

  1. Read current event information from various media sources.
  2. Identify considerations for writing for radio.
  3. Write/edit a lead-in (open).
  4. Write/edit a news story.
  5. Write/edit a commercial.

Introducing the Radio Industry

  1. Describe the origin of call letters.
  2. Describe radio technology innovators.
  3. Describe the "Golden Age of Radio" (1935-1945).
  4. Describe the rise of frequency modulation (FM) radio.
  5. Describe the creation of specific radio formats.
  6. Describe modern radio trends (i.e., deregulation, consolidation, and syndication).
  7. Investigate music history.

Performing On-Air

  1. Identify speaking skill considerations for on-air performance.
  2. Operate digital delivery music system.
  3. Operate a transmitter according to FCC guidelines.
  4. Perform radio breaks.
  5. Take meter readings.
  6. Identify basic programming formats.
  7. Follow programming format.

Reporting the News

  1. Identify news-gathering sources.
  2. Describe specific styles of news writing.
  3. Describe news-announcing techniques.
  4. Describe audio production.
  5. Describe informational specialties.
  6. Describe the editorial responsibility and ethics in news reporting.

Managing the Station

  1. Identify the hierarchical structure of the workplace.
  2. Develop an understanding of various management responsibilities.
  3. Describe different management styles.
  4. Explore a systematic approach to management.

Managing Traffic

  1. Describe the basic program log.
  2. Identify the paper trail for a radio program.

Operating in Sales

  1. Analyze market data for client and customer base.
  2. Make a pitch.
  3. Manage client needs.
  4. Describe the paperwork process in sales.

Operating in Promotions

  1. Describe the purpose of promotions.
  2. Describe how to design a promotion.
  3. Explain how to budget a promotional campaign.
  4. Explain the use of trade-outs.

Operating in Production

  1. Describe the program log.
  2. Identify the paper trail in production.

Performing Broadcast Engineering

  1. Describe the early history of radio technology.
  2. Describe basic radio technological terminology.
  3. Explain how radio carrier waves transmit information.
  4. Describe studio layout components.
  5. Describe an automated radio station.
  6. Maintain a transmitter log.