Dan Vallie

Chances are, if you work in radio, you know Dan Vallie. The founder of Vallie Richards Donovan Consulting has worked with most every radio group in every market and format for 30 years. “Probably the greatest gift is the relationships built over the years with so many great people in our industry,” Vallie says.

Founded in 1988, his onetime DC metro consultancy has grown to include offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Pittsburgh and its current base in Blowing Rock, NC.

“I’m pleased to call so many broadcasters friends and the relationships are a reward—probably from simply being around for so long,” he tells Inside Radio.

Vallie is equally renowned as founder and president of the National Radio Talent Institute, a 10-day workshop and tutorial in radio, driven to discover, coach and prepare the next generation of broadcasters. More than 30 broadcast professionals typically lead sessions in their area of expertise in on-air music radio, news and sports, digital/social media, production, promotion, sales, engineering, programming and management. It continues to expand at universities in different states.

Students who have completed the Institute’s curriculum have gotten jobs in radio or a related field with the likes of Hubbard Radio, iHeartMedia, CBS Radio, Entercom, Cumulus Media, Beasley Broadcast Group, Midwest Family Broadcasting Group, Forever Communications, Curtis Media, Commonwealth Broadcasting, Alpha Media and CNN.

Vallie speaks with Inside Radio about the ever-expanding impact of the Institute, and his insights on the past—and future—of the industry he loves. Read the Q&A HERE.