Student Program

If you are a high school student with vocal, theatrical or writing skills, there's a place for you at KEOM!

Whether you’re interested in a career in broadcast media, wanting to gain confidence in speaking and presentations, or just looking to expand your overall knowledge and skills, a school year with KEOM gives you a unique opportunity that high school students rarely get—the chance to broadcast to thousands of listeners in the fifth largest media market in the U.S. This program has proven to open many college and professional doors in the areas of communications. Click here to read about success stories, comments and quotes from former KEOM students. Click here to watch a video about the KEOM program.


Click here for the student pre-audition questionnaire: www.tinyurl.com/KEOMapp2019


What if I don't plan to pursue a career in radio?

KEOM is a great program for students who are interested in any form of media relations, including broadcast, journalism, communications, advertising, radio/tv/film or public relations. Your communication skills will improve and your confidence with grow. 

Students not only learn the basic concepts of operating broadcast equipment but work on skills in speaking, articulation, production, script writing, interviewing, time management and more. You will apply your journalistic skills to access, analyze, evaluate and produce media in a variety of forms as you learn the ethical considerations and laws that affect broadcast journalism.  

 

Do I need previous broadcasting experience?

Operating the broadcast equipment may seem challenging at first, but we provide you with all the educational mentorship you need. You'll learn to operate all the equipment in the studio. It takes a little training and some preparation, but advanced technical skill is not necessary. After a few shows, you’ll feel right at home. KEOM is a cooperative operation with student staff. Participation in performing staff duties and assisting with events and other initiatives is required. 

 

How do I join KEOM?

For assistance, to schedule an audition or for more information call 972-882-7560 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on school days. You can also send an email to pbrooks@mesquiteisd.org.

KEOM Success Stories

Alanna Quillen, WPTV

"I took the KEOM broadcasting class in high school during my 2007-2008 senior year and interned the following summer. Looking back, I'm shocked at how special of an opportunity we all had working with such patient and incredible teachers. Practicing writing traffic and weather reports, speaking in a broadcast voice and learning how to properly time out the music blocks perfectly prepared me for my career in television news. All of those things I have done on a daily basis throughout my career. I have worked as an anchor and reporter in various news markets and I'm currently a news reporter/fill-in anchor at WPTV NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach, Florida. I will forever be grateful to KEOM for giving me the hands-on experience I needed to achieve my dreams."

Jeremy Villanueva, Assistant Information Director, Southland Conference

“KEOM provided the tools for me to become more confident in my writing and announcing to establish a career in sports journalism. Whether it’s writing a quick press release, formulating a witty post or providing voice work for our social media, there is something I do each day at my job that I can credit back to my high school program.” 

Maddie Sadler, PHS Class of 2015

“When I joined the KEOM class my junior year, I had never considered a career in broadcasting, a few short months after, I committed to the University of Massachusetts to play softball, and to pursue a degree in Sport Management. I had always thought that I wanted to be a legal representative for professional athletes, and I knew that KEOM would improve my public speaking and writing skills if this is what I continued to strive towards. What I didn’t realize was I would fall in love with broadcasting. Today I am entering my senior year at UMass, still pursuing a degree in Sport Management. While I don’t have a full-time job lined up yet, my hopes are to combine my new knowledge of the different business aspects of sport, and my skills gained from four years in broadcasting.” 

Greg Gibbins, PHS Class of 1996

"As a little kid, I knew I wanted to be in the radio business and when the opportunity arose to learn at KEOM, I jumped at it. There is no doubt that my time at KEOM gave me the intangibles to sustain a long career in the radio business as an on-air host. After nearly 20 years, I left the radio business to start my own voiceover company but had I not taken the steps to get into KEOM in the first place, I would not be where I am today." 

James Pecht, Social Media Professional

“The foundation of my entire career was forged in that tiny room at West Mesquite High School. KEOM’s amazing faculty taught me how to write concisely, how to communicate clearly to mass audiences, and how to groove to disco. Seriously, it’s because of KEOM that I was able to thrive professionally in radio, television and print news, and later in public relations and marketing. Today, I’m on the social media team at one of the world’s largest companies, and every day I rely on lessons learned in that tiny room so many years ago. I also annoy my wife and daughter with loud sing-alongs to Earth, Wind and Fire. I blame that on KEOM, too.”

Jonathan Blundell, Rich Media

“My time at KEOM solidified my love of radio, communications and marketing. Before I started at KEOM I wasn’t sure what path I would take after high school but KEOM ignited something new in me and started me on a path to a degree in mass communications. It also opened new doors for me with a position at another local radio station and then a spot as the co-host of a weekly show in Waco while I was in college. The knowledge and experience I gained while at KEOM will last a lifetime and I continue to draw upon the experience on a regular basis. I am currently the manager of Rich Media for the Dallas County Community College District.”

Amanda Morones, Executive Producer, The Phillip DeFranco Show

“KEOM is where I found my voice, the voice I have used to make myself heard in the sea of white noise and I chose to participate in the KEOM program because I wanted to do something different, and challenging. Something that wasn't just an after school activity, but that made a difference in my community and taught me both technical and interpersonal skills that I would not have learned elsewhere in High School.”

Angela Roe, Communications Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Mesquite ISD

“My experience as a radio DJ at KEOM set me on a path to success in the communications field. The class taught me how to write, speak and present myself as a professional, and the confidence I developed from being a voice on the radio station has played a vital role in where I am today. Only eight years after being a student DJ, I am working for the Mesquite ISD Communications Department as a Communications Coordinator/Public Information Officer, with a BA in Communications and masters in journalism under my belt. I owe so much to the KEOM program and instruction - it gave me the clarity and skills I needed to pursue a career in communications.”

Heather Beaty, ARD Vice Chair/SPED Department Head, PHS

“KEOM was the best program I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of because it gave me so much confidence in my public speaking. Having KEOM on my resume and college application led to many exciting doors opening for me in both college and in my career. As a collegiate athlete, the newfound confidence helped me to become a team captain and being chosen as a member on many committees for the entire athletic department. As far as my career, I definitely get to dial into my radio personality as the ARD Vice Chair/Department Head for Special Education at Poteet High School on a daily basis, whether it be with parents, students or other staff members. I will always be so thankful for the KEOM staff who taught me to believe in myself and that I could do anything I put my mind to. KEOM changed my life for the better and allowed me to gain my confidence, so that I could chase my dreams.”

Ashlee Baker, Texas State University

“Having the opportunity to be a KEOM student DJ was one of the best experiences of my high school career. It was a class that undoubtedly contributed to my current successes. I loved it so much that I applied to be the summer intern and was thrilled to be selected. I even received a scholarship from KEOM to pursue my career in communications at Texas State University. Although I changed my major to Education, the skill set gained from being in radio would be beneficial in any field of study. Not only did I learn the ins and outs of the radio world, I gained self-confidence, learned to be comfortable speaking in front of others, and had a lot of fun along the way! I would highly recommend taking this class to anyone interested.”

Zach Killian, Host/Producer of The Local Lounge on FM 88.5 KEOM, Creator and Host of Wow Such Gaming

“KEOM was the seed that sprouted a budding career for me. I branched out into my college station at 88.1 then to iHeart Media, TTWN and even helped me develop a voice that got me to 35,000 subscribers on YouTube. If I hadn't started it all at KEOM, I have no idea where I would be.”

Ryan Castle, Mesquite ISD

"I am currently a sports play by play broadcaster for the Sportsgram Network and for KEOM radio and a teacher in the Mesquite ISD. Being the sports intern at KEOM my senior year of high school gave me a chance to hone my skills as an on air personality in a safe environment and allowed me to learn the technical aspects of the industry. Getting the chance to work alongside Steve Glenn and Ed Johnson has been incredibly beneficial to my evolution as a play by play voice and seeing their professionalism and passion for sports broadcasting has played a major part in the success I've experienced in the radio industry."