Justin Dorsey: Radio Voice

Justin Dorsey

When Justin Dorsey was in high school, he wanted to be an actor. His mother didn’t share his enthusiasm for this career path, however, and told him he needed to find a more realistic dream. So he decided to pursue a radio career where he could use his natural, God-given “radio voice” and engaging personality to “act” through a microphone.

Justin, a Reynolds High School grad, entered Forsyth Tech’s college transfer program with plans to transfer to a four-year college and complete a broadcasting degree. But life had other things in store. The semester before he was scheduled to graduate from Forsyth Tech, he found out about the college’s then-new broadcasting program, and transferred his major to Broadcasting and Production Technology.

“I expected the broadcast program to be easy,” says Justin. “I thought I’d be spending my days sitting around recording my voice.” But he was in for a surprise. “Forsyth Tech’s two-year broadcast degree program throws you right into the work – you learn more than you expect to,” he says. “The instructors are good – they don’t sugar coat their feedback – they’re very realistic, which helps. And they help make job connections for you.”

When Justin graduated from Forsyth Tech in May 2014, he went to work for Clear Channel Radio station 99.5 FM as an on-air personality. But, Forsyth Tech lured him back this past fall as an instructional technologist, helping college instructors build courses online.

“I’m really enjoying this new job,” Justin says. “I’m working alongside my former broadcast instructors, and I’m even getting into voice over work at the national level through my Forsyth Tech connections. Forsyth Tech opens doors for its broadcast graduates, but it’s on each one of us to make something of the opportunities we receive.” It’s clear Justin is doing just that.

(In the summer of 2014, Justin received a national award in the TV/Video Production category of the Skills USA competition.)