Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rodger Smith

Rodger Smith

Rodger Smith

Instructor, Communication Minor Director; WGMU Faculty Advisor

How the traditional television media program for their audiences and the competition they face for audience.

Professor Rodger Smith is a professor of Communication at George Mason University. He is currently teaching COMM 359 Media Management, COMM 148 Radio Workshop I, COMM 303 Writing Across the Media, COMM 354 Radio Production, COMM 348 Radio Workshop II and COMM 372 Sports and the Media.

Professor Smith also serves as the academic adviser for the Minor in Communication. If you wish to discuss how the minor works in concert with your academic and/or career aspirations, or want to declare the minor, please secure and appointment with Professor Smith.

He is currently the faculty adviser for WGMU, the campus online radio station. WGMU serves as the voice of George Mason University, providing student-produced programming and coverage of George Mason men's and women's basketball.

Professor Smith’s interest in Communication came from an interest in the cause and effect of programming and how the media affects culture, daily life and technology. His previous work in radio includes WFTR Front Royal, VA, where he was a news director (1986-1988), sports director and mid-day on-air talent (1988-1989) and morning drive personality (1990-1992). He also worked as an advertising account executive/production director for WUSQ Winchester, VA.

Professor Smith is the director of the WGMU Summer Radio Camp, geared for middle and high school students who have an interest in radio. The radio camp consists of two one-week sessions in July during which students learn basic radio skills in writing and producing commercial and news items as well as delivering on-air breaks. They also get to tour a local commercial radio station.  Read this article for more information

Professor Smith also serves as the public address announcer for football and basketball games at his Alma Mater, Warren County High School in Front Royal, VA. 

Professor Smith and his wife Martha reside in Stephens City, VA.

Courses Taught

COMM 148 - Radio Workshop I
COMM 303 - Writing Across the Media

COMM 348 - Radio Workshop II
COMM 354 - Radio Production
COMM 359 - Media Management
COMM 372 - Sports and the Media

Education

Master, Business Administration, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, 1992.

Bachelor of Science, Communication Arts, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1986.

In the Media

Articles on the WGMU Summer Radio Camp: Inside NOVA