Well… THIS was a bit of a shock. But reports from WTNH-TV in New Haven are that when students arrived for classes, the doors were locked and a note greeted them that read, in part, “CSB has shut down all operations until further notice.” It when on to explain that a CSB representative would be in touch with students over the course of next few days… OR WEEKS! So, as of now, students are out the $12,000 tuition already paid to the school. Not only that, graduation was next week. And, the students can’t even get into the school to get their demo tapes which reside on the school’s computer systems. Teachers were called in, told to pack up, and get out.
So, what’s the good news in all of this? The Robinson Family who originally began the school in 1964 are rumored to be trying to re-acquire it. They’ve already released a statement saying that they’d like to see these students receive their certificates. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.
I attended the CSB in Stratford, Connecticut back in the late 80’s. It was an alright experience. The truth of the matter, though, is that after CSB, I enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University and joined the campus radio station. I learned more there in 2 weeks than I did in a full term at CSB. I eventually got an internship at a local radio station (WKCI-FM/KC 101) which turned into full-time job. My suggestion to anyone who has thoughts of going to a broadcasting school such as CSB should give serious thought to joining a college station and interning at local radio stations. These are the people that are going to get hired first. I know that whenever I was looking to hire a part-time promotions person, I preferred to hire the interns that worked hard to prove themselves for free. And, whenever programming was looking for people for that “emergency fill-in” or to give a break to somebody, they generally went with the interns or part-timers already in place. Let’s face it… you’d rather hire somebody that you already know and who knows your product (yes, people… radio IS a product).
And to top all of this off… as much as I hate to say it, the people graduating from places like the Connecticut School of Broadcasting aren’t going to have it as easy as they think. There a re a LOT of us radio folks currently standing in the un-employment line trying to get back into the business. All of the major radio companies such as Clear Channel, Cumulus, Greater Media, Cox, etc… are laying off workers in droves and consolidating jobs. Why have 3 Marketing Directors for 3 stations when 1 person can do it? And at half the salary! Never mind that the 3 radio stations are completely different formats aimed at 3 completely different target audiences and that 1 poor Marketing Director is expected to be an expert in all 3 demos and somehow manage to be in 14 places at once for different events.
But I digress. I hope that this issue gets resolved quickly, and I sincerely hope for the best and wish good luck to those students who were literally “left out in the cold” tonight.
OK, off of my soapbox… for now!