North Central College - Naperville, IL


At WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, you can pursue careers in both on-air and behind-the-scene roles in broadcast communication. You’ll start gaining experience on your first day of classes, which sets North Central apart from many other college radio stations where you must wait until your junior or senior year to be directly involved with station operations.

Since signing on the air nearly half a century ago, WONC has received numerous local, state, regional and national recognitions, including 20 Marconi College Radio Awards. No college or university radio station in the country has won more, making it a highly reputable experience for students pursuing future careers in broadcast communication.

WONC features a blended format of alternative and classic rock music. Newscasts, traffic and weather reports, as well as various North Central and select high school play-by-play sportscasts, are delivered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by North Central students.

At WONC you can:

  • Work with cutting-edge technologies in three state-of-the-art stereo studios.
  • Operate AudioVAULT broadcasting automation software.
  • Rewrite news stories fed from The Associated Press.
  • Host a talk or music show.
  • Announce play-by-play coverage or broadcast sports talk.
  • Mix music tracks with Adobe Audition, the industry’s top-rated editing software.
  • Edit traffic reports from Metro Networks.
  • Produce promos for station programming and public service announcements.
  • Promote the station within the community and on the Web.
  • Connect with great internships and jobs in the Joliet, Aurora, Naperville and Chicago markets.

Whitney Goodbred’s dream job is to be a part of a national news program like the “Today Show” or “Dateline NBC.” Whitney chose to major in broadcast communication because she has always been fascinated by the news and the stories reporters tell about people.“The thing I like most about studying communications is learning how to tell the stories that interest the community,” says Whitney. “I think people are fascinating and I love learning how to tell their stories.”

At WONC-FM 89.1, Whitney has gained experience as station manager and news director. She oversees the various departments so she can keep the station running efficiently. She also works on cultivating student talent and helps others improve...

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