Dan Vallie, a lifelong radio industry veteran, is the innovator and President of the National Radio Talent System, the only program of its kind in the world; a system of Radio Talent Institutes on college campuses across America, underwritten by individual broadcasters, broadcast groups and organizations.
The system discovers, teaches and helps prepare college students, who have a passion and desire for a career in broadcasting, to enter the business, creating a “go to” place for the broadcast industry to find young talent. All sessions are taught by professional broadcasters.
The first institute was the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina; followed by the KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University; the Confer Radio Talent Institute, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; the GAB Radio Talent Institute, University of Georgia; the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University; the MBA Radio Talent Institute, Northwest Missouri State University; the TAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Tennessee Knoxville and the Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College in Boston, with Institutes being planned in additional states.
Vallie is also the Founder of Vallie•Richards•Donovan Consulting, Inc., a premiere radio consulting firm that began in 1988. Over the years, the consultancy can list almost all the large broadcast groups in America among its impressive clientele; having worked in all top ten markets and most all of the Nielson Audio rated markets in America. He is also Practitioner in Residence at Appalachian State University.
In 2015, Jacobs Media honored Dan with its “Radio’s Most Innovative” award, also in 2015 he was honored with the Rockwell Award from The Conclave in Minneapolis, and in 2016, Dan was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.