John Shrader is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, at California State University, Long Beach. He earned his M.S. in Mass Communication from San Jose State. He has a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Shrader came to CSULB in the Fall of 2011 from San Jose State, where he spent four years a lecturer. He spent more than 30 years in the broadcast business, working nearly equally in television and radio, most that time as a sportscaster in San Francisco.
He has worked over the years in just about every facet of broadcasting: News reporter, producer, film photographer, videographer, radio reporter, producer and talk show host. He has done play-by-play of Major League Soccer for 15 years; college football for ten years; worked as a host for Major League Baseball, NHL and NBA. He covered the San Francisco 49ers – as a reporter and host – for most of the 15 years he spent at KNBR, one of the highest-rated sports radio stations in the U.S.
John produces short-form and long-form video and audio projects, including an award-winning documentary film about the media coverage of Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds, Conflicted: The Barry Bonds Home Run Chase.
Among his research interests are talk radio, both political talk and sports talk, including the ethics or talk radio. He has also done extensive work and made academic presentations on Social TV, which is the melding of social media and television.
Professional affiliations include Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and Broadcast Education Association (BEA.)
He currently teaches – or has taught – the following classes at CSULB: Television News (JOUR 482), Radio News (JOUR 382), Intro to Mass Comm (JOUR 110), Investigative Reporting (JOUR 420), Writing Across the Media (JOUR 120).
He also manages the Digital News lab and conducts video and audio workshops for students in and out of the department.
John is the Faculty Advisor for K-Beach Radio and College Beat productions, the radio and video services of ASI. He works directly with management, staff and students.
John and his wife Tina live in Long Beach. They have two children, and a granddaughter.
Office Location: SSPA-010A
Office Hours: Mondays, 11:30am-12:30pm; Tuesdays, 12:30pm-2pm.
JOUR 110 - INTRO MASS COMMUNICATIONS - Section 01 – MW – 9:30-10:45AM – FCS-126
JOUR 482 – TELEVISION NEWS PRODUCTION – Section 01/02 – MW – 2-3:50PM – UTC-127
For syllabi for these and all Department of Journalism & Mass Communication classes, click here.