The mass media industry is a family tradition for former HFC student Trevor McConico.
His father, Henry McConico, is the editor of FOX 2 Detroit. McConico, graduated from HFC last spring, earning his associate degree in telecommunications. The lifelong Detroiter, who aspires to become a producer and editor, will transfer to Wayne State University, where he will major in media arts.
McConico’s desire to get into mass media arose when he was a student at Communication & Media Arts (CMA) High School, which is part of Detroit Public Schools. He didn’t want to join the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, so he took a course in mass media instead. It defined his career path.
“I worked on scripts, I worked on cameras, I did reports,” McConico said. “I felt right at home in this class.
“HFC pushed me to succeed”
After graduating from CMA in 2018, McConico chose to attend HFC. He and his parents talked at length about where he should continue his education and switched to HFCs so he could get a feel for college.
“I liked the campus and the atmosphere. I loved the workout room and absolutely loved the cafeteria! I was so happy with the teachers at the college. They are so attentive and really want you to be successful. I would especially like to thank Susan McGraw – who definitely pushed me to be successful and became my mentor – as well as (professor of telecommunications) Tom Hopkins and (professor of criminal justice) Daniel Kearney, ”said McConico.
Be Moor Radio
Currently, McConico works for Be Moor Radio, a Detroit hip-hop radio station committed to making a positive impact on the world, starting with Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood. Be Moor’s musical philosophy is to create, perform and promote honorable, pure, respectful and blasphemy-free hip-hop music.
“I am learning to manage a radio station, applying what I learned in my telecommunications courses at HFC. I did a 10 second spot as a host and DJ, ”he said. “It was a wonderful, gentle walk.”
“Trevor stands out as a confident and creative student,” said McGraw, HFC president of the communications and media department / CEO of WHFR. “He embraced his learning of mass media with tons of personality and great passion, a sharp wit and a strong sense of humor – all of the things needed to be successful in this field.”