David Carroll

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Title: Associate Director, Student Media

Phone: 703-993-3560

David Carroll is the Associate Director of Technology. He is responsible for the oversight and management of technology within the Office of Student Media. This includes short- and long-term technology planning, budget management, policy creation, and training of student and professional staff regarding technology. David also administers the office’s many servers and computers and is currently the instructor for COMM 347.

David first worked with Student Media in 1999 as a classified ads sales representative while pursing a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. While still a student, he also helped launch BroadsideOnline.com, a radical revamp of the online edition of Broadside, the student newspaper, that moved the website off of the university’s servers. After earning his degree in 2001, David worked as Business Manager for Broadside, then On Cue Project and Production Manager. On Cue, a multi-award-winning directory of businesses located along the CUE Bus route, was a partnership between Broadside, the City of Fairfax and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

From 2006 to 2011, David worked for KBR, Inc., one of the world’s largest defense services providers. While there, he worked on web design, market research, competitive intelligence and business unit strategy.

In 2011, David returned to Student Media as the Associate Director of Technology.

David has long history of technology successes at Student Media, including helping Broadside transition from paste-ups to an all-digital workflow, overseeing Broadside’s transition from pen & paper bookkeeping to an all-digital advertising system, upgrading WGMU’s practice studio (with it’s 30-year-old equipment) to modern standards, setting up Student Media’s first in-house video studio and assisting Mason Cable Network to begin broadcasting shows live over the Internet.

Rodger Smith

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Title: WGMU Faculty Advisor

Phone: 703-993-1090

Professor Rodger Smith is a professor of Communication at George Mason University and serves as the faculty advisor for WGMU, Mason’s 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, 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 toward middle and high school students who have an interest in radio. The 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). Click here to learn more about WGMU Summer Radio Camp.

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.

Kathryn Mangus

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Title: Director, Student Media

Phone: 703-993-3004