I like to talk, but I don't seem to have the ability to shut-up.
Mendota Heights, MN (Vocus) November 12, 2008 -
DJs Nick and Josh from 93X were this year's guests at the annual Wanna Be A DJ competition hosted by Brown College's School of Broadcasting. The radio jocks selected a winner from hopefuls who cut demo reels at the competition. The winner of the competition, Sanni Brown, made a cameo appearance on the 93X's morning show on Friday, November 7, 2008.
Open to the public, the popular contest gives contestants an opportunity to record a demo and see if they have what it takes to be a DJ. Competitors also get a chance to meet on-air personalities and vie for a one-shot appearance on the 93X morning show with Nick, Josh, and Weasel. All contestant demos will be submitted to The Conclave for consideration for a number of scholarship opportunities at several music and broadcasting schools including The McNally-Smith School, Specs Howard School of Communication Arts, and Brown College.
Held annually, the event draws in people from all over Minnesota and the five surrounding states, all ages, and fields. One participant drove from North Dakota, another participant is currently working in the healthcare industry. Last year's winner Josh Leyh happened upon the event last year while visiting Brown College on a campus tour. "The admissions person suggested I give it a shot." The fluke paid off. Leyh won a full scholarship to attend Brown College's Radio Broadcasting program.
With the popularity of the DJ contest and interest in broadcasting, Brown College created an additional full-time scholarship and two part-time scholarships accessible through The Conclave's scholarship programs. "The Radio Broadcasting program is one of our signature programs that has a long line of successful alumni," including Nebraska's senior senator Chuck Hagel and 93X's Nick. "This is a fun event that lets people take a shot at seeing if their passion is what they might want as a new career," says Dr. William Cowan, President of Brown College. Looking forward to his career in broadcasting, Leyh says, "I like to talk, but I don't seem to have the ability to shut-up."
Born as "The Upper Midwest Communications Conclave", the organization was founded in 1976 as a regional gathering of communications professionals. It was incorporated as a 501c-3 non-profit entity in 1985. Throughout the years, the Conclave's yearly Learning Conference has grown to attract many from beyond its original Midwest boundaries, and as such, is now known simply as the Conclave.
The Conclave conducts seminars throughout the year in keeping with its mission statement, and makes available on an annual basis broadcasting school and baccalaureate scholarships. The value of these scholarships exceeds $65,000 this year and includes full scholarships to Brown College of Minneapolis, Specs Howard School of Communication Arts in Detroit and The McNally-Smith School (formerly Musictech) in St. Paul.
About Brown College
Brown has long history of success in training and graduating students in the technology, design, and broadcasting fields for more than 60 years. Brown College offers degree programs in criminal justice, broadcasting, business management, design, and technology. Founded in 1946, Brown College provides students with the knowledge, technical skills and hands-on training needed to succeed in fields such as network and software development, game design and development, graphic design, radio broadcasting, television production, digital media, criminal justice, interior design, and business management. Brown College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). For more information visit http://www.browncollege.edu
Contact: Elaine Stephens
estephens @ browncollege.edu
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