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Cameron Yoe FFA Member Finds Purpose in Radio Broadcasting and Podcasting    
Monday, February 15, 2021 | Author: Lani Pieper, Texas FFA News Staff

Cameron Yoe FFA member Kincaid Callahan turned his interest in sports statistics into a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) project in agricultural communications.

The high school senior first started his project as a statistician for the local football team at KMIL 105.1, a local radio station in Cameron, Texas, in 2018.

“My experiences there jump-started my interest in communications and has been my driving force in my pursuit of a career in sports broadcasting,” said Callahan.

Throughout his tenure at the station, Callahan lined up shows, wrote news articles, and served as an interim host of a sports talk show. He developed skills in public speaking and sound mixing to equip himself for future endeavors.

With his skills and experience from the station, Callahan was inspired to start a podcast of his own.

“Back in January 2020, I decided to work on my skills in developing projects from the ground up and established a [podcast] show called Monday in Milam,” said Callahan.

He purchased and set up hardware for production, learned important audio editing techniques, and scheduled and interviewed guests.

The weekly 30-minute episodes feature interesting people around Milam county. He researches local agribusinesses, as well as general ag topics affecting producers in the area. 

“As I move forward in my education and career, being able to identify timely and pertinent news will be a marketable skill,” said Callahan.

Callahan said the behind-the-scenes work was some of the most fun and challenging parts of the experience. It took a month of solid planning and networking in order to get the pilot released on streaming platforms.

“I learned several things from that experience, but I’d say the most important thing I learned was how to network with other people,” said Callahan.

In addition to discovering a new passion, the success of Callahan’s project was recognized as the 2020 Texas FFA proficiency winner in Agriculture Communications.

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