Army Sgt. Chad Highland, a 1997 graduate of the Cleveland Campus, returned home this month from a 10-year tour of duty as a military multi-media journalist to assume duties with the Ohio National Guard Public Affairs/ Media Division in Columbus.
Stationed in Japan, Iraq, and Germany, Chad “The Hitman”, has shot war footage which has been used on CNN and Fox. He covered numerous USO Concerts and, for three years, had the #1 rated morning radio show in Germany. He was voted the “best jock in Europe” for two years in a row! He even garnered a world-wide audience when he introduced the “best documentary” winner for the Academy Awards from Camp Liberty in Iraq in 2008.
His current goal is to become a local on-air radio personality. With the scope of his talents, we know it’s only a matter of time until we’re enjoying morning drive with “The Hitman!”
Clint Narramore: I was in the November 2009 Class, but my journey begins long before there. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in broadcasting and my love for radio stems to when I was 5 years old. I graduated high school in 1999 and enlisted in the United State Marine Corps in July of that year.
I did my boot camp at Paris Island, SC and after completing training along with some schooling, I found myself in Yuma, AZ. I volunteered to help the base newspaper as a reporter because it was a way to break into the media. I ended up helping a couple of local radio stations with promotions that would be held on the base or done in town by the WWE. I was an intern that would occasionally get to be on air and I knew I wanted more of that. After a couple of overseas tours, my enlistment was finished and I traveled California with a Professional Wrestling company and there learned how to engage a crowd.
We now fast forward to November 2009. I find myself at OCB as a student and it was the teachings of my instructors along with Larry Larson, Bruce Drennan and Bruce Ryan along with my love and hunger for this business that really helped mold me into what I became. I graduated in August 2010 and was hired right out of school by a station in IL. I served as a News Reporter for 6 months before being offered a News and Sports Director as well as Afternoon Show Host in Upstate New York. After a 6 month stint there I finally felt what is what like to be kicked in the teeth by a budget cut. I came back to Ohio and decided I would get back on the horse after being thrown off so abruptly. It took 8 months, but the right opportunity knocked and I was eager to answer it. I was hired in April by WCSM Radio in Celina, OH to take over as the Morning Show Host and bring some of my innovativeness to Mercer County. We created The Narra-Morning Show (play off of my last name) as the name of my new show and I am at the best point in my young career that I have ever been! I can be heard M-F from 5:30-11:30 AM and Sat from 6-9 AM on 97.7 FM or www.wcsmradio.com