Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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No matter what your line of work, you need to have communication skills. In radio we work to give students those skills that they will need, and we use the hook of Radio Broadcasting to develop those skills, to make them sucessful.

515 NE 15th | Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 916-5828

Curriculum

Steve Naganuma

KBPS provides students with a rigorous broadcast curriculum that prepares them to continue their training in either a 2 year or 4 year college program. Our students can earn up to ten credit hours at Mount Hood Community College. In some cases our students move from Benson directly into employment in the broadcast industry.

  

KBPS II: (Introduction to Radio Broadcasting)
Instructor: Steve Naganuma
Grade 10 ½ unit of required credit
Course Length: 2 periods – 9 weeks.
Prerequisite: Communications Technology I (CT1), minimum grade of “C” or instructor consent.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides an introduction to radio broadcasting and other media. Students will obtain basic skills in the operation of actual broadcast equipment. Subject areas include: history; announcing skills; programming; formats; news; commercials and use of sound. Use and care of broadcast equipment for lab exercises is included.


KBPS III: (Junior Radio Broadcasting Major)
Instructor: Steve Naganuma
Grade 11 2 units of required credit
Course Length: 2 periods – full year.
Prerequisite: KBPS II with a minimum grade of “B” or with consent of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students work to improve communications knowledge and skills. Students will work to improve skills in operating the broadcast equipment they were exposed to in this rotation class. Students will work to improve oral communications skills. Subjects include: ratings and research; sales; government relations; AP writing style; editing wire copy; improving speaking voice; radio announcing for different jobs; and related production assignments. On air broadcast opportunities are available.


KBPS IV: (Senior Radio Broadcasting Major)
Instructor: Steve Naganuma
Grade 12 2 units of required credit
Course Length: 2 periods – full year.
Prerequisite: KBPS III with a minimum grade of “B” or with consent of instructor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students work to improve communications knowledge and skills. Students will work to improve skills in operating the broadcast equipment they were exposed to in the junior level class. Students will work to improve oral communications skills, including public and informative speaking . Subject areas include: ratings and research; sales; government relations; AP writing style; editing wire copy; radio announcing for different jobs; and related production assignments; and digital editing. On air broadcast opportunities are available.



As a part of their training, students in the broadcast program at Benson high school are the staff of AM 1450 KBPS. Here’s a brief rundown of the on-air opportunities our students have:

TEEN SOUND: Popular music, news, features and interviews of interest to high school age students. The program airs 6:00am-6:00pm weekdays. Teen Sound gives Benson High School radio majors another opportunity to use their classroom skills on the air.

SPORTS: Student have a chance to learn the basics of sportscasting as they broadcast Portland Interscholastic League football and basketball games. KBPS uses state of the art digital remote broadcast equipment, the same gear the students’ professional counterparts use.

COVERAGE OF SPECIAL EVENTS: From time to time the opportunity arises for students to participate in production of special programming, including election coverage and coverage of the annual Benson Tech Show.