University of the Ozarks offers a number of majors, minors and pre-professional programs that cover a broad range of subjects.
I chose Radio, Television, and Video because I didn't have to struggle
to see myself finding a career in the field. It has so many different opportunities and
you can make your area of expertise whatever you want. It is also a field that,
contrary to popular belief, isn't going anywhere. Television and radio may merge into
the internet, but that just means the field has changed, not disappeared.
People will always have a demand for television, radio, and media in all its varied forms.
Another plus for me was that it would allow me to continue to explore my passion for sports.
While I'm no longer an athlete, I still have a passion for all the different sports that exist.
This major not only gave me the opportunity to immediately explore the field, but also allowed
me to call games across multiple sports. I immediately fell in love with the facilities and
the program, and I have had a chance to truly explore the field, making creative content,
news broadcasts, calling play-by-play for various sports, and producing my own sports radio
program. Anyone who likes a hands-on field and an opportunity to test the waters as soon
as they step on campus should give RTV a try.
I've had opportunities to call football, basketball, and baseball during my time in the major.
I've called games in pre-recorded pieces, live online, and live on the radio station for KXIO.
I've worked closely with the U of O athletic department to increase the amount of content
the RTV department is putting out about sports here on campus.
We've interviewed coaches, filmed sporting events as they've happened, and been able to set
up nearly seamless multiple camera shoots.
The major is so multifaceted, I went in planning to go into sports broadcasting,
but now I'm leaning towards graduate school with my goal being to work as a sports
technology coordinator, allowing me a bit of creative freedom, direct connections with
the athletic department at a given school, and the feeling that I'm helping to drive
the field into the future.
Corey Snyder '14