Student DJ Auditions

KEOM auditions are going on now!

Whether you’re interested in a career in broadcast, or  just looking to expand your knowledge and skills, a school year with KEOM gives you a unique opportunity that high school students rarely attain—the chance to broadcast to thousands of listeners in the 5th  largest media market in the U.S.   This program has been proven to open many college and professional doors in the areas of communications.

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Bring your vocal, theatrical, and writing skills to the audition! 

Mesquite ISD high school students are eligible to audition for “Advanced Broadcast Journalism.”  Students interested should call 972-882-7560 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or send an email to to schedule a time to audition .

Please complete this application and submit on-line to (please put "KEOM Student App" in the subject line) or bring it with you at your scheduled audition time.



  • Must be a Mesquite ISD high school student.
  • Must have transportation to and from the KEOM studios to attend class.
  • Students are selected based on specific audition and curricular criteria.
  • Regular attendance
  • Passing grades
  • Cooperative spirit


Students will learn to operate a console board and work on skills in speaking, articulation, productions, script writing, and interviewing.  They will apply their journalistic skills to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms as they learn the ethical considerations and laws that affect broadcast journalism.  The program is great for students who are interested in radio or broadcast journalism, communications, advertising, radio/tv/film, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, media, improving communication skills and boosting confidence.  You do not need to be pursuing radio as a career for this class to be beneficial.

Operating the broadcast console and the other studio equipment may seem challenging at first, but we provide you with all the educational and mentorship you require.  You operate everything yourself, and cue your media.  It takes a little training and some preparation – no advanced technical skill is necessary.  After a few shows, you’ll feel right at home. 

You will use various media sources (mp3 files, CDs, cassettes, flash cards, etc.) to broadcast our range of educational and informational programming….and of course the music!

KEOM is a cooperative operation with student staff.  Participation in performing all staff duties and assisting with events and other initiatives is required. 


Student News

KEOM 2013 Scholarships Awarded

In addition to our normal annual scholarship, KEOM was able to award 5 scholarships totally $3000 to deserving students thanks to our wonderful sponsors. 

The $1000 Scholarship was awarded to a 3rd-year student from John Horn High School

who is aspiring to become a broadcast journalist at Sam Houston State University. 

An $800 scholarship was awarded to another 3rd-year student from John Horn High School.  He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and focus on Writing.  A 2nd year student from West Mesquite High School was awarded a $500 scholarsip.  She plans to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of North Texas. 



The recipient of one of our two $350 scholarships is a 2nd-year student from Poteet High School.  She is going to go to Midwestern State University to major in Mass Communications. The other $350 scholarship winner is a 1st-year student from John Horn High School.  She plans to attend the University of North Texas as a Radio/TV/Film major. 




KEOM in the News

Two of our students from Horn High School are featured in the November issue of Texas Monthly Magazine. Click here for a link to the article.  You can also click here listen to the podcast the students created in conjunction with the article . 

KEOM Students Participate in Media Field Trip

KEOM students from all five high schools and the Mesquite Academy recently spent the day learning from professionals in the communications industry. Presenters for the “media field trip” were Allan Peck, KSCS; Jane Mullins, North Texas Radio for the Blind; Wayne Larson, City of Mesquite Communications Manager; Clif Cotton, MISD Video Production Manager; Greg Gibbins, Production Manager at Kidd Kraddick in the Morning; Dean Bailey, KEOM part-timer and MISD Tech; Selena Hernandez and Jay Hammond, CBS Channel 11 News; and Mallorie Marsh, MISD teacher.

The presenters gave their perspective on the pros and cons of the industry, advice on how to pursue careers in communications and details about their specific jobs. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers.

“This is a great way for KEOM students to get an inside look at careers in communications," said KEOM Station Manager Peggy Brooks. "Some of the presenters are former KEOM students, and it’s great to have them come back to share their knowledge and experiences with the kids.” The students took away contact information from each presenter along with a wealth of knowledge, she said.

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KEOM students recently participated in a "media field trip." The students heard presentations and got to interact with local people who work in the communications industry.

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Former KEOM student and Production Manager for Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Greg Gibbins poses with KEOM students. Greg spoke to the students about the radio business and importance of persistence and practice.


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