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 1, COMM 354 Radio Production, COMM 348 Radio Workshop 2 and COMM 372 Sports and the Media.

He is currently the faculty advisor for WGMU, the campus online radio station. Professor Smith’s interest in Communications 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 working for WFTR Front Royal, Virginia where he was a news director (1986-1988), sports director and mid-day on-air talent (1988-1989) and a morning drive personality (1990-1992). He also worked as an advertising/production director for WUSQ Winchester.

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 like writing and producing commercial and news items as well as delivering on-air breaks. They also get to tour a local commercial radio station (WTOP or WTEM).  Read this article for more information

Professor Smith was honored in Who’s Who in the Media and Communications in 1997-1998. 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 348 - Radio Workshop II
COMM 354 - Radio Production
COMM 359 - Media Management
COMM 372 - Sports and the Media


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, George Mason University