After spending nearly a decade on radio, Phil Beskid decided to move to Bowling Green and use his Masters in Recording Arts. He’s been a professor at BGSU for five years – after three years teaching elsewhere – and mainly teaches audio lessons and advises on Falcon Radio run by students and the WBGU-FM community.
Beskid remains extremely humble with his industry experience in many cities across the country.
“I’ve worked in Chicago, New York, Vermont, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Missouri,” he said.
Most of the time, you can find Beskid in this space, hidden behind the desk or teaching a class.
One of his favorite classrooms is the Stanton Audio Recording Studio; this studio has an expansive ceiling with large windows that fill the room with natural light. In the right corner of the room is a grand piano, and in the left is a burnt orange drum set. With waxed parquet floors and soundproof walls, this space is dedicated to capturing quality audio recordings.
Standing six feet, five inches tall with a tousled beard and a broad smile, the teacher’s appearance reflects his relaxed yet practical teaching style.
Second year media production student Brady Lowe described Beskid as “… very cold, but engaging.”
Regarding his class homework, Lowe said Beskid “encourages us to make every project our own. Everyone’s plans always sound different when we look at them in class.
Grace Bryant, also a sophomore media production student, agreed with Lowe.
“In Phil’s teaching style, it adapts to our educational needs and fosters creativity,” she said.
And Beskid’s professional radio experience provides real-life examples from the industry to its students.
“Every time he talks about his stint in the radio industry has been helpful. Not only is it interesting, but it gives real insight into what this career path looks like, ”said Bryant.
Beskid is able to adapt his lessons according to the aspects of radio that were applicable in his career.
“It’s going to sound cheesy, but that’s when you can see the impact you have on other students. And when you can see what they’re capable of, that’s the best reward, ”Beskid said.
Media production professor Jose Cardenas, who works alongside Beskid, described his teaching style as an “open-story approach”.
“He does a good job of keeping his students engaged,” Cardenas said.
Cardenas said media production is a hands-on study, but ultimately it’s Beskid’s personality that students appreciate.
“He is very warm and ready to help,” he said.
Despite being a busy father of two, Beskid is always available for students who need help. Cardenas said his wide participation in school events shows his concern for BGSU.
The radio industry not only has strong competition and low job security, it often requires a nomadic lifestyle.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to settle down… it’s really hard to do when working on the radio. The pay is not good unless you are part of the elite, ”he said. “Not a recipe for a strong family life or a work-life balance, at least for me. “
Although still young, Beskid is determined to pass his passion for music and media on to his daughters – Sylvia, 8 and Lucy, 5 – and often brings them to the Michael and Sara Kuhlin Center.
“These girls are here so often that they probably spend more time here than some of my colleagues,” he joked.