The Allan Slaight Radio Institute is the preeminent destination for students passionate about radio and looking to position themselves to take their roles as the next generation of broadcast leaders. The Institute provides Ryerson students with access to new studios equipped with state-of-the-art technology and software. At the Institute we offer mentorship, targeted financial support, and an expanded radio-and-sound curriculum encouraging students to push boundaries, innovate, and disrupt in all areas of radio—from production and content to management and distribution. Each year we engage the broadcast community in a variety of stimulating presentations, knowledge translation activities and professional development initiatives aimed at enhancing the Canadian Radio industry.
Scholarships & Bursaries for Students
Allan Slaight Entrance Award: Two awards of $7000 each are available each year for incoming RTA students planning to focus their studies on radio. Awards are renewable annually (up to three additional years for each winner) based on continued excellence in radio and sound courses. See eligibility & requirements here.
2015 Winners of the Allan Slaight Entrance Award: Madison Csuka and Christian Ryan
Allan Slaight Student Production Fund: Funding is available to defray production costs for RTA students producing radio-related media. See the eligibility requirements and application form here.
The Institute boasts 5 new broadcast studios and 4 connected voice over/interview rooms, all equipped with Studer OnAir 2500 and 1500 series consoles, mics, server-based iMediaTouch live-assist/automation software, and ProTools, all connected via Dante digital audio network. Automatable cameras in each studio allow for video feeds, and cutting-edge networking technology allows each control room to pull input feeds from other studios throughout the Rogers Communications Centre.
Allan Slaight Broadcaster in Residence: Alan Cross
Alan Cross is the 2015/2016 Allan Slaight Broadcaster in Residence. Alan has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with students in the areas of broadcasting, podcasting, music, voice-over performance, writing & researching radio documentary, the business of radio including program direction, entrepreneurship, live sports events, blogging, journalism, and more. Currently Alan is senior consultant for programming matters at Corus Entertainment, home of Edge 102 and Q107. He is also co-founder of Major League Mixes, a company that helps sports teams create the most engaging music mixes for their venues, whose clients include the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alan is a prolific blogger via his blog A Journal of Musical Things and co-hosts a podcast about music and technology called Geeks and Beats. He may be best known for creating The Ongoing History of New Music, a radio documentary about music and culture that is syndicated nationally and internationally and has been running in Canada since 1993. Alan was awarded Canadian Program Director of the Year three times, and was named Canadian Music Journalist of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
Institute Faculty & Staff
Lori Beckstead, Director
Michael Murphy, Technical Director
Shawn Haswell, Manager, Production & Facilities