North Central College - Naperville, IL

Broadcast communication

Why choose broadcast communication at North Central College?

You’ll graduate as an all-platform journalist ready to hit the ground running in radio, TV, Internet and social media channels. You’ll combine a strong liberal arts background with on-air experience beginning your first year. You might choose to be part of North Central’s award-winning, student-run radio station, WONC-FM 89.1. Or you might decide to hone your skills in the full-service professional studios of Naperville Community Television (NCTV17), whose executive director also teaches at North Central. But whatever you do, you’ll lay the groundwork for a broadcasting career that will constantly evolve with emerging technologies.

You can also:

  • Master state-of-the-art technology in our radio and TV studios, with professional commercial environments.
  • Gain hands-on, on-air experience from day one.
  • Position yourself for great internships and jobs in the Joliet, Aurora and Naperville markets as well as in the extensive Chicago market.
  • Learn from professors who are professional broadcasters dedicated to preparing you for your first job.

To learn more about student experiences and opportunities for broadcast communication majors, watch features on the radio or television programs here at North Central College.


Five North Central College alumni who reflect the high aspirations of North Central graduates are recognized and honored at Homecoming as outstanding alumni.
Kara Barrios ’17 and Maddie Burke ’17
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Team of students wins AP award for real-time, live broadcast and eye-witness account by a student broadcaster chasing an EF-4 tornado through Rochelle, Ill.



  • Intern, Naperville Community Television
  • Fox Chicago News Sports, Chicago
  • Morning news reporter, Fox News Chicago WFLD TV, Chicago
  • Production assistant, ESPN 1000, Chicago
  • Marketing and promotions intern, Emmis Communications, Chicago
  • Production copywriting intern, WBIG, Aurora, IL
  • Morning show producer, NextMedia Radio, Crest Hill, IL
  • Promotions intern, CBS Radio Inc., Chicago
  • Intern, WXRT-FM, Chicago
  • General morning show intern, WGN, Chicago


Recent graduates in broadcast communication include:

  • Researcher, NBC’s “The Today Show,” New York City
  • Managing editor, “NBC Morning News,” Phoenix
  • Sports production crew, Big Ten Network, Chicago
  • Baseball sports announcer, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Sports director, NCTV, Naperville
  • Reporter, WPDE-TV, South Carolina
  • Video journalist, CNN, Atlanta
  • MTV show host
Broadcast Communication major

Whitney was already collecting paychecks as a broadcaster when she graduated from North Central College. An internship at Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) turned into a paid reporting position at the start of her senior year, giving the broadcast communication major yet another highlight on her already impressive résumé. She also worked at WONC—the College’s student-run radio station—and Cardinal Video.

“We don’t realize how lucky we are,” Whitney says. “WONC and Cardinal Video are such great stepping stones to build a career in broadcasting. You learn...

Broadcast Communication

For Kevin, life at North Central is all about opportunity.

“It's pretty incredible how many opportunities are out there for students who want to put in the extra hours to better themselves and their craft,” he says.

Kevin certainly put in the extra hours; he announced sporting events for the student-run radio station WONC FM 89.1, won multiple awards from the International Broadcasting System, and helped launch the award-winning, student-run website

Kevin also worked as a sports commentator for the Schaumburg Boomers, a professional baseball team.

“The experience and opportunities at North Central have certainly put me in position to obtain my dream job.”...

Broadcast Communication major

Finding a school that appealed to his interest in sports broadcasting made the decision to attend North Central an easy one for Lucas. “It was a no-brainer. And the greatest thing about the College’s station WONC-FM 89.1 is that you can be on air by your second day of classes—as a freshman.”

In addition to DJ duties, Lucas jumped into doing sports play-by-play and color announcing. He was co-winner of a first-place national award for Best Sports Play-by-Play for adding color to a broadcast of a quarterfinals football playoff game and was named Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication by North Central.

Lucas completed an internship at WGN-AM 720 in Chicago, and during his senior year was WONC’s...

Broadcast Communication major

Dan knew he wanted to study broadcast communication at a school with a radio station. “I chose North Central because of WONC. It’s one of the only schools in the Chicago area to have a student-operated radio station.”

Like other new students, Dan found he could broadcast on WONC-FM 89.1 from his first days as a student. Many go on to win national awards for their newscasts, sports play-by-play and station promotions. “Studying broadcasting is half hands-on and half from a textbook and classroom. You have to immerse yourself in broadcasting, both on campus and through internships.”

He plans to work as a production director or technical producer. “Having a leadership role at North Central’s radio...

Broadcast Communication major

With an interest in broadcast communication, Russell felt drawn to North Central and its radio station—WONC-FM 89.1.

“I have a passion for music and sports, so being able to talk on the radio about the things I love would be the best job in the world.”

As station manager of WONC, Russell has connected with North Central’s successful alumni base and gained valuable real-world experience for his career. Recently voted Best Overall Radio Station at the 75th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System International Conference, WONC is a recognizable name that Russell feels proud to have on his résumé.

“WONC will prepare you more than any other broadcast communication program in the state.”