Radio and Television, 1989
Broadcasting Engineer Foreman
Southern Illinois Universtiy,
Wayne Mills is a graduate of the Dept. of Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University. He received his degree in May 1989. By the time he graduated, he was working full time at the SIUC Broadcasting Service, first as a Television Equipment Operator, and later as a Broadcasting Engineer. Among the highlights of his career he worked at Turner Broadcasting Service in Atlanta, GA as an Engineering Shift Supervisor for Turner Entertainment Networks where he was a liaison between the Engineering and Operations staff for 13 networks.
After stints in Milwaukee, WI, and Baltimore, MD, Wayne returned to his roots in a way. The Du Quoin, IL native now works at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a Broadcasting Engineer Foreman for the Dept. of Mass Communications. He oversees two other engineers maintaining the audio and video equipment for the department, including a full studio, video editing equipment (10 Avid Media Composer editors and two Final Cut Pro editors), and audio editing equipment (four Pro Tools workstations).
Wayne has gone on to earn his Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR) certification in editing systems (Media Composer) and shared storage (ISIS). He also is an Avid Certified Instructor, and has taught several classes on the use of Avid Media Composer. Basically though, he is a Saluki at heart, being a Life Member of the Alumni Association, and never forgetting the role SIU gave him in getting his career off the ground.
“When I left the US Army and came to SIU, one of the first people I met was Randy Welker, a professor in RTV. We talked about my career goals, and he introduced me to Robert Henderson, Operations Manager for the Broadcasting Service. Robert gave me a student work position in WSIU Master Control. David Campbell worked closely with me on the production crews for various projects, and never hesitated to answer my questions or help me with things I wasn’t familiar with. My professors were also great…people like Randy, Ken Keller, Punch Shaw and Bill Johnson—they shared with me their expertise, and laid the groundwork to have a successful and fulfilling career.”
Wayne lives in New Douglas, IL with his wife Jackie and youngest daughter Debi on a small farm where Jackie grows and sells organic produce. They have several animals on the farm, including Wayne’s best buddy, his Wheaton Terrier named for Philo T. Farnsworth, an early Television pioneer.