I'm going to have to go against what The National Institute of Broadcasting has submitted above. I attended this school in 2007 (no, I am not explaining who I am, because I do love the teachers, and because if I ever return to Toronto I would love to stop in and say hi to some of the staff without being yelled out of the studio) and must agree with most of the comment posted by "Mickieblake." I had attended one of their "screening tests" which was held three months prior to my school attendance, and was absolutely thrilled with the amount of feedback I had received over how my voice was ("Mike" the guy who had received fame by imitating Muhammad Ali through calling a baseball stadium saying "Ali" wanted someone to hit a home run back in the day). I received my acceptance call asap and soon enough I packed my bags and moved to Toronto. The school is about the size of a normal small town radio station, which really is nice (it's a decent sized school for a small class each semester for radio/TV). I had attended the full course (which was three months) and trust me: it was very expensive for only three months' work, but like they say (and I quote) "a resume is everything, and if you don't have school you won't get looked at as quickly" which is very true. My class was around 9 and they were very kind to everyone. Unfortunately, you learned very quickly that they literally sent everybody that was able to speak somewhat fluently an acceptance phone call/letter and said they were allowed to come. I had a student in my class that literally blew up and screamed at everyone (I'm sure NiB now knows which class I am referring to) and constantly would disrupt the class by yelling out random gossip as well hatred toward the teachers. She was not sent home, and another girl who lived in Toronto was sent packing because this mean-spirited girl belitted her so much that she quit. Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked here.
The National Institute of Broadcasting was founded in 1962 (as stated above) but has since undergone an owner switcheroo (the owner who knew so much in radio had passed away, and his son Tony had kept it). The current owner (I think Tony's still the owner) has a slight attitude issue that is in short supply. One time I had gone to the bathroom before noon and when I opened the door he had tossed a plastic vodka bottle into the garbage real quick thinking I hadn't noticed (I peeked in after because I thought he was doing drugs). My entire class had always thought he was drunk some days when he was in the school (he never taught classes and I also don't think he's ever been on the air). Nevertheless, he was a nice man unless someone got on his bad side, then he'd just be sarcastically mean (he also had a permanent attitude that he didn't care). Again, not making anything of this up in the slightest.
The teachers were really great teachers, though they did zip through classes as quick as a fiddle (just like in radio, another great quote by NiB... "Get in, do your bit, then get out"). They did teach as much as they could and did as they were told, and if you had an issue most of the time you could address them. Don't get me wrong, because I LOVE my NiB teachers to death (Peter, Reneta, and "Radio ROB"!!!) and I highly respect them all, but I do believe they would lie about working at NiB. The surrounding area of Toronto KNOWS who NiB are because (again, not lying) they accept everyone and send all that complete the course into the working class world with three audition demo's of their choice (sports announcer audio, radio DJ demo, TV newscasting demo, and I can't remember the other ones). Myself, I chose the Radio DJ, Commercial, and TV Newscasting demo. First off, Richard (NiB's audio engineer) is an awesome guy and was fun to talk with and gets along easily with anyone, but the Radio DJ demo I had received was very upsetting. Upon hearing it in NiB's studio at "graduation" (they play everyone's audio demo before handing them to you), I was very pleased with the production value in it. Upon taking it back to my apartment and listening to it without background noises like quiet background chatter (and without listening to it through a muffled speaker that had an output like an AM radio station), I noticed that Richard had cut/edited/pasted my voice in so many tiny different places to cut my demo down to around 2 minutes. I consider the audio work produced to be embarrassing. I don't have many complaints about the TV newscasting demo production, though I disliked how it was recorded via a tape that was used and reused and reused some more (visual quality wasn't the greatest upon editing as a result).
I'd also like to address another major issue I had with the school (chances are they'll know who I am if they ever read this again)... My stay at NiB was slightly extended thanks to a bank loan requiring school be 6 months or greater in order for me to have money (which NiB had no problem allowing me to stay one day extra a week for 3 extra months in order to get my money and keep me happy... They gave me an "Internet Internship" where I would be interning on their "MediaTalks" Internet radio website, then be critiqued the next day by a teacher who listened to some "bits" I recorded him. The critiquing never happened after the first week of interning, and only Susan would be listening in at the front desk to my show (I just had to throw in a few random bits of anything and they wouldn't care). ONTOP of that, they had a problem student in a class that attended adjacent to my class that started the month I was finishing, and he was kicked out of school. Susan (she's a kind lady, but can raise up a temper quick if you slander the school's name or say something insulting... She also looks similar to Princess Leia!) had told me that if I could teach him what I was taught during my school stay DURING MY "INTERN" SHOW, that it would be greatly appreciated ("His mother really wants him out of the house and doing something actively, and he loves voice work)... Let me tell you! I had heard how this guy acted in class, and one day he came to school to be taught by me with his head completely shaved (eyebrows as well). The way he spoke to me made me feel my life was in danger, so I locked both doors entering the production room (where I was), and all that separated him and I was a window between the recording room and my room. It was for an hour or two (can't remember) every Wednesday, which gave me an hour or two of actual "on-air" work. Still, it really does look good to be on Internet radio as well actual studio work. Whatever you can stick on your resume... Stick it on there!!
For the PRO'S on this school: NiB does actually simulate a real radio station after practicing and working away at your speech. They have you write AND deliver news/entertainment/sports segments (RECORD EVERYTHING YOU WRITE; never know when it'll be a great memory of your first times during "crunch time!"). They also allow one person each hour (rotating class members each hour) behind the helm! You can bring in your own mp3 player or use their classic cd player systems (which were and in some cases still used in radio) and even computers to play and cross fade music. I was developing "Station ID's" and fun little "MediaTalks" intro's when I was there. I was hoping to enter a bit of production after completing school as well. Class is very fun (as long as you have awesome classmates which is general in each school), and you do learn and develop speech and voice techniques!
There is so much information I want to put on here, but I've already written a book on here, so here are the main issues you need to know:
1. Do not attend unless you know you have a decent voice (don't ever listen to what your friends or family say about your voice, because most people that enter NiB's doors enter with extremely high hopes)
2. The teachers are AWESOME, but they have a LOT to teach in 3 months' time. They will touch base on everything a two-year broadcasting school term touches on (without the whole theory and history in radio, which is not as important), so have fun in class but at the same time pay close attention and learn as much as you can.
3. If you have access to a soundboard (aka a church, youthgroup, friend's house), LEARN TO USE IT! When I attended NiB they used older 90's soundboards, but judging by their updated website's photos they have newer ones... It's never too early nor to late to learn how to use one, and it helps all the more before you enter into school (though in radio, it's not needed because you mainly only use "channels" on the soundboard, as in your mic, your guest's mic, a telephone that's wired to the board, a computer input audio, and a few others.
4. If you live in a small town, USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. NiB clearly states during the first week of class that unless you know someone extremely high that can vouch for you in the radio industry, "You will have to start small and work your way to the top. A small town radio station is the only way to start." Send in a resume along with a cover letter stating you're looking to attend school in a few months/year away, and ask if they'd take you under their wing. You never know if they'll take you until you try.
5. The teachers are there to do their jobs, and not put up with bullcrap. The radio industry is full of great people, and even if what "Mickieblake" says is true (that they were only small time radio that lied about their history), they are still GREAT people and know what they're talking about. The #1 way to move up in a station is by meeting people and being nice. I have only the utmost highest respect for the teachers in that school, but the administrative support really is lacking (yes, I am talking about Tony and (slightly) about Susan). Richard, again, is a rocking dude, but don't waste his time. Great guy, but before finishing your term there and receiving your demo... LISTEN TO IT thoroughly!!! If you have someone you know in radio, let them listen to it. NiB administration do not care as much about your demo (they won't do an absolutely horrid job; they know a little better than that, but some of the little things they do can add up pretty quick to a bust).
6. Again... If you plan on staying in Toronto and doing something with your NiB certification, be sure to pick up as much free on-air time as possible!! Look on the website Milkman Unlimited (NiB will tell you about the site later on in your course) and keep your eyes open for anything "free radio" (aka Omni radio) post online to find radio personalities. ANYTHING acting/voice related, be sure to put on your resume (unless it's a grade 6 ballet or play... Something more up-to-speed if you're putting in plays).
7. To gain the best of your brand new certification, move out of Toronto. If you have never had any experience in radio, move. ASAP. Move to a small town that has a radio station (or plan to commute) and see if you can find any work. I am doing you a favor.
8. On the air... ALWAYS refer to the "audience" (people listening to the radio) as one person. That is the number one rule National Institute of Broadcasting (as well any radio station/talk show) teach.
I am sorry if I have insulted Susan or Richard in any of this book I've written on here, because the teachers (as well Susan and Richard) are AWESOME people! Long story short: The school term is too short. Especially $7, 500 for only THREE MONTHS OF SCHOOL. Unless you are looking to further your radio career by attending various schools (which Jim Carrey did do; "he attended NiB!" ...And at least 5 other schools, which they don't talk about there), do not enter unless you have money to spend (because it's expensive... I went there because I was hoping school would get me to a big time radio station quickly).
By the way; I am working at a radio station! Not because or NiB though... I was working at one before I attended, and returned here after attending NiB. The one thing I don't regret in NiB is meeting the teachers and classmates (except one student who was very mean). I had an absolute blast in the school, but it wasn't worth attending other than the fact I moved to Toronto and experienced life.