Dr. Frank A. Aycock started teaching at Appalachian State University in 1987 after years of experience in television and radio, and he continues to engage students in the classroom – from intro classes to senior capstones – in the fast-paced, ever-developing field of broadcasting.
He spends many hours outside the classroom, advising, mentoring and working with Electronic Media Broadcasting (EMB) students.
“I’ve had the chance to see a lot of talented students come through,” Aycock said. “I am very proud of our students because they represent the program so well.”
Never having really left the field, Aycock continues to work as a public address announcer for track and field and attends professional conferences to broaden his network and bring knowledge back to his students.
“I go to hear about and see all the latest, cutting-edge technology,” he said. “I even purchase the new products when they come out just to show students so we can talk about it.”
Developing technologies is an area of research for Aycock, and he works to keep his book “21st Century Television” up-to-date with new developments.
Regarding the education EMB students receive, Aycock said, “We have students that can go to an internship and have enough hands-on experience, knowledge and drive to come out and be the best. They learn all aspects including management, writing but most importantly, how to deal with a growing and changing field.”
Dr. Aycock continues to work as a public address announcer for track and field and attends professional conferences to broaden his network for students.