radio conference

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The Massasoit Radio & Digital Media Arts Conference is open to the general public. The conference is a combination of panel discussions, workshops, and individual speakers. There are workshops for many different interests! Community broadcasters, high school students, area business, and college students. Great for students of journalism, theater, film, and broadcasting.

Tuesday, April 17th from Noon-5pm

Anna P Buckley Performing Arts Center
Massasoit Community College - Brockton Campus

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featured speakers


Our conference provides students and professionals an opportunity to network, critique demos, and discuss station internship and employment possibilities. Massasoit student work will be showcased.

Featuring...

"Empowering Social Change through Media"

From the #metoo movement to the Women's March to the young voices crying out for safer schools, media has empowered individuals to unite and create social change. Our diverse media panel share their insight on how media has given a voice and power to the individual.

"Radio Behind the Scenes - Join our live broadcast"

Come join the live podcast as Whoobazoo Radio's "The Booth" and Radio Massasoit host a Town Hall Forum style show where your voice is heard. Massasoit clubs, students, and guests are welcome to join the broadcast on today's hot topics.  

Conference Topics include:

  • Creating your own media - opportunities in TV, Web Series, and Film
  • Building a Media Presence - Radio, Blogging, and Social Media
  • Becoming a Sports Broadcaster in New England
  • Finding your Creative Voice
  • Digital Media Production in a YouTube world
  • How to Break into the Industry
  • Broadcast Techniques and In-Studio sessions


Our Guest Bios:

Don Action Jackson

Don “Action” Jackson started his media career as Don Gaston (his REAL name) in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, where he grew up. It all began in his high school TV studio and  segued to radio at Cape Cod Community College.  Around that time he also began his professional radio career as the Music Director and night-time radio personality at WCOD playing Adult Contemporary hits from 1982-1987.
He moved to the peninsula’s only Top 40 station, Cape 104 (WKPE), to play the current pop hits of the day in 1987, and worked part-time about 70 miles away at Top 40 station Z-94 (WZOU) in Boston. At that time, Boston was the 5th largest radio market in the world.
Don moved to Vegas in 1988 where he adopted the nickname Action Jackson, and began working for POWER 97 (KYRK) for 3 years at just about every daypart, from Late Nights, to Nights, to Afternoon Drive and a brief stint at Mornings before finally finding his way to Cleveland in 1991.
He started at Jammin’ 92 and worked middays and music director there for 3 years, until an ownership change found him out of a job for 9 months. He was then hired back to take over the vacated night-time slot in late 1994, and that was the most successful move of his radio career up to that point. Action remained Cleveland’s most consistently popular night-time jock, until the station changed format to Jammin’ Oldies and its name to 92.3 The Beat in 1999. While just about all the old Jammin 92 personalities left because the music was a bit older (60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Dance & R&B pop hits) Action showed his versatility and moved to afternoons, playing some of the dance tunes he began playing and mixing in clubs and roller rinks when he started as a Disco DJ 20 years earlier.
Two years later, Action then landed the job of a lifetime… working for Cleveland’s legendary Majic 105.7 afternoons playing 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Oldies, and now, 17 years later, playing 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Classic Hits. Majic has been, without a doubt, Action’s most successful gig, with him acting as music director and assistant program director under P.D. Keith Abrams.  
And Don is also on the air, via voice-tracking, in 48 radio markets Saturdays and Sundays on Clear Channel’s Custom network, playing some of the biggest hits of all time for those enjoying music on the weekend. He’s also voice-tracked afternoons at WBBG in Youngstown for about 12 years as well.
Action’s loved every minute of entertaining Clevelanders for the past 24 years, the rest of the country for the last 10 or so, and there’s no end in sight.

Butch Stearns

Butch Stearns is a Sports Anchor/Reporter at Boston 25 News and long-time Boston sports personality. 
Butch is also a regular show host on WEEI sports radio in Boston.
At Boston 25, Butch has covered many of the greatest moments and championships in the history of Boston sports  (six Patriots Super Bowl appearances, three Red Sox World Series, two Celtics NBA Finals, and two Bruins Stanley Cups). 
Butch has dedicated his career to striving to create great content and reaching audiences in ways that matter to them.  As a sports broadcaster, Butch has worked for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and FOX.  In his digital media career, Butch has worked with major brands like SAP, Intel, IBM, Rockwell and NFPA. 
Butch is a Braintree native and Stonehill College graduate. Butch and his family also run and maintain the Arthur F. Stearns Memorial Fund. Through this fund and the memory of their dad,  Artie, the Stearns family continues to donate money annually to local families in need.  The AFS memorial fund has assisted hundreds of families since it began in 1987. 
Facebook: @ButchStearns
Twitter: @ButchStearns

Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd is a retired newscaster/reporter who spent 37 years of his television career with WCVB-TV Channel 5, Boston’s ABC affiliate. He signed on as a general assignment reporter and was soon promoted to anchor desk duties broadcasting the station’s weekend, early morning and midday newscasts.
A New York City native Boyd grew up in that city’s Harlem section, attended New York City public schools and entered the television industry through a mailroom position at National Educational Television (NET) in New York City. 
In his early career Boyd wrote and produced in the publicity and public affairs departments. His work on the production team of the Emmy Award winning program “News In Perspective” took him to world capitals in Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, and Vietnam.
Outside the newsroom Boyd regularly spoke to students throughout greater Boston and worked with community and charitable organizations, among them the Roxbury YMCA, Boston’s Youth Enrichment Services, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. He was also a volunteer parent/coach for youth basketball, track, soccer and softball in his hometown, Needham, Mass.
Boyd was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame (MBHOF) in 2012. A year earlier he received the Golden Circle Award from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences New England Chapter.
He has served as a local board member of AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and is currently a board member of the MBHOF.
He is married to Linda Polach, Managing Executive Director of WGBH News. Boyd has three daughters.
Boyd attended Long Island and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities in greater New York after high school and after retiring from broadcasting in 2008 he resumed his education, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Tufts University.
Boyd now works as an actor and model. While mainly performing as an extra in more than twenty major films, he appeared as a reporter in The Polka King, performed stunt work in the film Detroit and is recognizable in a hospital scene in Manchester By The Sea. Among other films Boyd has worked, Daddy’s Home 2, Ted 2, Ghostbusters, Spotlight and Equalizers 1 and 2.