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A real-world voice Michael Huntsberger rattles off broadcast call signs like the names of old friends – KSLC, KOPB, KAOS, KBOO, KGW, KOIN. Over the last four decades, Huntsberger has witnessed the growing pains and transformation of the broadcast industry while accumulating real-world experience that he shares with his Linfield students. He worked as a producer, engineer and consultant in public broadcasting, and managed KAOS FM Community Radio in Olympia, Wash., before earning a Ph.D. and ultimately landing at Linfield. Now an associate professor of mass communication, he teaches classes and oversees the student radio station, KSLC 90.3 FM, and Linfield’s student video club, Wildcat Productions. He continues to be a leader in the national broadcast arena as a member of the Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress, which is charged with surveying historic radio materials for the national project. (See sidebar.) Though passionate about the industry, Huntsberger didn’t plan a career in radio. “All I ever wanted was to be a rock and roll guitar player,” he says with a smile and a hint of seriousness. He set out to do just that after college, living with a houseful of musicians and sound engineers making local radio commercials. He also volunteered as production manager at KAOS, the community radio station at The Evergreen State College. There, with no previous experience, he was thrown into the world of radio when given his first Huntsberger file: At Linfield since 2009 B.A., The Evergreen State College, music technology Ph.D., University of Oregon, communication and society Research areas: public service media policy, history and electronic media technology Appointments: Radio Preservation Task Force; RIPE Initiative; Broadcast Education Association Producer: The Pinot Chronicles: 25 Years of Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration 1 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2015 Michael Huntsberger, associate professor of mass communication, shares with his students years of experience in the broadcast industry. He has been named to the Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress.


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