Emeryville, California (EastBayDaily) — Ex’pression College Graduate Pedram Talai has been named the Director of Broadcast Engineering for Major League Baseball Advanced Media/MLB.com. Talai, who earned a Bachelor of Sound Arts degree from Ex’pression in 2007, is in charge of both East Coast and West Coast transmission operations and broadcast engineering for all MLB games, as well as events on ESPN3, WWE Network, Top Rank Boxing, CBS March Madness/Masters, Row 44, and many more.
“It’s exciting to be a part of an organization like MLB that’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with technology, and streaming in particular,” says Talai, who’s also a winner of MLB’s MVP award, which is given to ten of the company’s “most valuable” employees each year. “I find myself constantly being inspired to innovative, experiment, and devise new ways to make our broadcasts accessible to fans.”
Talai was born in San Francisco and grew up San Jose. He developed an interest in music engineering while he was a student at San Jose’s Willow Glen High School. When he graduated from Willow Glen H.S. in 2002, he decided that he wanted to pursue an education in, and ultimately a career in, the field of audio technology.
“I had a friend at the time who was attending Ex’pression College and he told me about how great the school was just as I was starting to really get serious about audio engineering,” says Talai. “I did some research about Ex’pression and I and took the tour, and I was immediately impressed by the facilities, the cutting edge studios, and the creative vibe. The fact that the Emeryville campus was close to home was a plus, so I enrolled in the Sound Arts program in 2004.”
After graduating in 2007, Talai leveraged Ex’pression’s vast national alumni network and connected with a graduate who referred him to the opportunity at MLB.
“My advice to Ex’pression students and grads is to network and keep tabs on what alumni are up to,” says Talai. “You never know when a fellow classmate will be working at a company that’s hiring, so keep in touch with as many of them as possible. Also, be open-minded when it comes to opportunities. There are times when you may have to relocate to a different city or maybe start out in a position that you didn't expect. A year or two down the line, your situation may totally change, so don’t think that you’ll be living somewhere or have that job title forever – it’s all part of the journey. Lastly, when you’re on the job, always ask questions. I would rather hear somebody who works for me let me know that they’re overwhelmed rather than say that everything’s okay if it really isn’t. Being overwhelmed is fine, just ask questions so you can get the answers you need to handle your responsibilities.”
About Ex’pression College Founded in 1998, Ex'pression College teaches and grants Bachelor degrees in six programs: Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Filmmaking, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design & Motion, Interactive Audio, and Sound Arts. Ex’pression utilizes a professional, accelerated program, where students can earn their degree in just under three years. Class sizes are limited to ensure hands-on learning, instructor attention, and access to gear and equipment. Students learn and work with professional-grade equipment, studios, and instructors. Ex’pression maintains close ties with industry professionals to provide students with client projects and mentorship opportunities, as well as career development assistance, which is available to all graduates. Ex'pression College operates campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area (Emeryville) and in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose. Learn more at Expression.edu.
About SAE Institute SAE Institute provides aspiring creative media professionals with a foundation of practical theory and valuable hands-on training in their chosen areas of concentration. Under the guidance of our faculty, which is comprised of working industry professionals, students gain the essential experience they need for entry-level jobs in the entertainment business. Our students are supported in their job searches by SAE’s international network of alumni, many of whom are leaders in the music, film, game arts, and live performance arenas. We offer programs in audio technology across our seven US campuses, along with a music business program at select locations, all fully accredited and focused on preparing students for employment when they graduate. Bachelor’s Degree programs in Animation, Audio, Film, Game Art & Graphic Design are available at the two locations of Ex’pression College, which is owned and operated by SAE Institute Group, Inc. SAE Institute Group, Inc. is a part of Navitas LTD. Learn more at USA.sae.edu.
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