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"I feel that the Voice and Diction class is something that can be used by everyone, not just broadcasting majors.  The course teaches you how to best communicate with your audience in a clear and concise manner; this is something that is valuable to anyone as it can be used daily."

-- Lisa Bagley, Broadcasting Student
Los Angeles Valley Colleg

Full-Time Faculty

Jason Beaton (Mr. B.), Professor of Media Arts and Broadcasting has been teaching since 1998 and has been working in the Los Angeles radio industry for over twenty years. He has held several broadcasting positions including Station Manager, Program Director, On-Air Announcer/Disc Jockey, Sales Consultant, Engineer, and Producer to the Stars in Hollywood throughout his career at Los Angeles radio stations such as KRLA, KLSX, KKLA, KLTX, KZLA, KLAC, and KWIZ. He has received recognition and awards for increasing the ratings while on air, for programming, and for breaking all records in broadcast sales. Jason has worked with Radio and Television Broadcasting legends Gary Owens, Jonathan Winters, Peter Marshall, George Putnam, Ray Briem, Stephanie Edwards, Huggy Boy and Art Laboe, just to name a few. During the last decade he was one of the first morning DJs on a popular worldwide Internet radio station, incorporating new media into radio broadcasting and has founded his own Internet radio station. Mr. Beaton has interviewed countless musicians of the rock era and is on the radio with a nationally syndicated country rock show.

Jason Beaton is an Alumni of Los Angeles Valley College and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Communications. He also holds a Recording Technician for Music certificate as well as the prestigious nationally recognized (CRMC) Certified Radio Marketing Consultant and (CDMC) Certified Digital Marketing Consultant certificates from the Radio Advertising Bureau. Jason has revamped the LAVC Broadcasting Program and brought it up to current industry standards by adding several new classes that are relevant and is developing online courses, certificates, and degrees in Broadcasting for Distance Education, an area he strongly supports. He is the first Professor at LAVC to have lectured and taught Sales and Marketing for Radio & Television, Digital Audio Editing, and News, Sports, and Live Remote Broadcasting. Jason has won numerous outstanding advisers awards plus the 2010 and 2013 Apple award from the LAVC student body. He is currently writing a book for college professors to use in their classes incorporating New Media for the Broadcasting and Communication disciplines.

Jason Beaton serves on four LAVC Committees: CDEC (On-Line Teaching), Technical, Graduation, and the Curriculum Committee. He is the adviser to the Broadcasting and Vinyl Clubs, and has added responsibilities as the campus radio station director. He has recently created a series of articulation agreements with Van Nuys, Sun Valley, John Burroughs, and Burbank high schools. He is passionate about teaching and loves to be able to give back to his students what he has learned over the course of his professional career. Jason is an avid music collector with an extensive record, CD and MP3 collection. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to the radio, attending music concerts, traveling, and volunteers as an Instructor of Broadcasting/Consultant to incarcerated high school students.

Adjunct Faculty

TV Control roomScott Merrifield is an adjunct Broadcasting Instructor who has been teaching at Valley College for several years while he works as an engineer in broadcast television.



James_Morris-(3).jpgJames Morris: After initially attending a couple of semesters at LAVC after high school in the 90’s, I pursued a career in music; returning to Valley a decade later, like so many others seeking a serious beginning to their adult lives. I happened to find that I loved television and film programs, and dove-in headfirst. I became proficient in TV production and through the amazing staff at Valley College, was able to get an internship at KABC-TV, here in Los Angeles. During this time I concentrated on taking my core classes at LAVC and earned my Associate’s Degree in Broadcasting. That internship became a daily hire, then eventually a staff position at KABC-TV. I never left. Over the last 17 years I have worked in production, live news, editing, camera, etc. and thoroughly enjoy being an integral member of the Eyewitness News Team. The knowledge, skills and values concerning broadcasting that I learned at Los Angeles Valley College were instrumental in my achievements elsewhere. In addition, I have returned to LAVC, this time to give back and guide a new generation. I am an Adjunct Media Arts Professor teaching some of the very same classes that I took, and instilling some of those skills that I learned. I enjoy seeing that spark of creativity and comprehension in the student’s eye as they learn something they didn’t know when they walked in the room that day. I do know the feeling.


Voice over boothDouglas Rye is an adjunct Broadcasting Instructor that has taught voiceover classes in the Media Arts department since 1998. His education includes graduating from The Lawrenceville School, studying drama at New York University School of the Arts, attending the University of Vermont.  He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of New Orleans. Doug has worked in the music business, on production crews including the original Woodstock Festival and touring with acts ranging from The Grateful Dead to Mel Torme. His extensive voiceover credits include a recurring role as protagonist John Clark in Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six/Rogue Spear/Blackthorn” CD ROM series. Other clients include Lexus, Levi’s, Tecate, Motorola, Time Warner Cable, Bank of America, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, NBC Television, and an animated Japanese television.


A TVDan Watanabe is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Broadcasting and Media Arts who came to Valley College after extensive experience in development, production and distribution, both in the office and on the set. For eleven years, he served as the "current" and new program development executive at FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television, All American Communications and Scotti Bros. Pictures), the production company behind Baywatch and the hit series American Idol, both in scripted and unscripted programming. In addition to being Vice President of Current Programming for Baywatch and other scripted shows, he served as back-up booth person on Family Feud and To Tell the Truth and helped in the development of demo reels for NATPE. Currently, he also serves as a consultant for CRC Entertainment, an independent production company that has just completed a feature film (Boilermaker) and has worked on a horror anthology television series pilot starring Robert Forrester. He has also written audience research reports for OTX Research. But he considers all of that just preparation for his true vocation/avocation as a teacher at Valley.