Ta mmy Trujillo has been working in the entertainment industry since the age of 2, taking time off to attend Long Beach Poly High School. Professionally voice-trained as a child, when the time came to decide what to do as a career, the phrase "I love music and people say I have a good voice" came to mind. After completing her undergraduate studies at Long Beach City College, Tammy attended a private broadcasting school and landed her first job while finishing her BA in Communications at Cal State Fullerton.
Her broadcasting has spanned many Southland stations including KNX, KFI, KEZY, Power 106, The Beat and Channel Four News. Tammy has worked as a morning co-host, sportscaster, news anchor and traffic reporter. She has also performed on many commericals and public service campaigns and holds numerous Gold Microphones, one of the broadcasting industry's highest honors.
She was the evening news anchor at KFWB Los Angeles and for many years and hosted KFWB's award-winning feature 'The Pet Project', focusing on animal issues and information.
Animals and the promotion of responsible pet guardianship is one passion, while music remains her other. Tammy also currently performs on television and stage as a member of the Gold-Record Winning 1960's pop group, The Ohio Express. In addition, she runs The Classic Car Road Show, a company that provides vintage cars to movies, television and videos.
Tammy is a full-time professor at Mt. SAC, heading up the Radio Broadcasting Program. She is also on the Board of Directors for APTRA-the Associated Press-Television Radio Association. Prior to coming to Mt. SAC, she held faculty positions in the Broadcasting programs at Cal State Northridge, Long Beach City and Orange Coast College as well as with several private Broadcasting schools.
Tammy lives in the San Gabriel Valley with her husband Randy and their family of wonderful rescued dogs and cats.
Dan Smith has been the Professor of Television at Mt. San Antonio College since 1998. Prior to that he taught at the Orange County High School of the Arts, for a total of 16 years of teaching experience.
His career began with acting in school and community theaters as well as Super-8mm filmmaking, which led to writing for the theater and then film school. This involved course work at CSU Fullerton,U.S.C. (under instructor/ director Jay Roach), the Sony Institute and most recently Moviola, as well as seminars with the American Film Institute and Industrial Light & Magic.
Turning a variety of interests into a living, he has done still photography for various magazines and The Los Angeles Times; written and sold feature film screenplays, acted as a cameraperson on two other feature films, been Director of Photography for commercials and music videos; held the position of Station Manager for a cable station, edited a travel show, and performed a variety of positions in corporate video.
He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and through the ATAS has acted as a judge for the student Emmy awards. At Mt Sac he is currently serving as the Chair of the Commercial and Entertainment Arts Department. He is also active in the Academic Senate and Faculty Association, as well as having served for two years as the Director, Arts Division. He is currently working on both a textbook and a historical novel.
Raised in Southern California, Phil Hulett has been an announcer literally since his voice changed.
During high school, Phil launched a closed circuit "radio station". During his four years at Cal State Long Beach, he was on the air at the college radio station and served as program director, doing his own show as well as producing, programming and managing the student staff.
Straight out of college, Phil took a job in the promotions department at KLOS FM, and then became a talk-show producer at KABC AM. It was then he began to do commercial voiceovers, a craft that keeps him in demand to this day. Phil is the voice for numerous commercials on radio and television across America as well as corporate presentations and many popular computer and console games.
Shortly after his start in commercial radio, Phil hosted his own talk show on an Orange County AM radio station and emceed a sports special on ESPN. From there, he became a disc jockey and the image voice for KNAC FM. Phil also worked at KHTZ FM (now KLSX) and KBIG FM as a morning news announcer.
In 1994, Phil got his break in public address announcing as back-up announcer for major league baseball's Anaheim Angels, a designation he keeps to this day. He has also announced for the Los Angeles Blades roller hockey team, the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL and since 1997, has been rinkside for the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Today, Phil can be heard on 980 KFWB AM in Los Angeles as a news anchorman and he is the co-founder of rock music website KNAC.COM, where he and his partners have pioneered the art of webcasting.
Phil has also now gotten to live one of his biggest dreams....to announce at the Stanley Cup Finals!
CASON SMITH is a product of Mt. San Antonio College's broadcasting program. He began taking broadcast classes and working at the campus radio station (90.1 KSAK) in 1980. Within a year's time, he was working at a local commercial radio station. In 1982--before even graduating from
Mt. SAC--he was hired as a broadcast engineer for KABC and KLOS (the two highest rated L.A. stations at the time). Cason earned Associate Degrees from Mt. SAC in Radio and TV Broadcasting as well as Communications Electronics. In 1988, he graduated with honors from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Cason's on-air/production experience includes KABC, KLOS, KNX, KLAC, KMPC, KIEV, KWOW, KMNY, KCAL FM, KOLA and heritage rock station KGB in San Diego. He has been a broadcast engineer for the internationally known "Rockline" broadcast and "Elmer Dills Good Life Report" as well as doing voice-overs for various radio and TV projects (including the Mt. SAC Relays). Cason's television experience includes Fox Sports, CCIN, and the Prime Time Emmys telecast. He has been a guest lecturer or broadcast consultant at the Academy of Radio Broadcasting, Citrus College, San Bernardino Valley College and local high schools. Today, Cason manages Mt. SAC's radio station 90.1 KSAK, teaches broadcasting at the college, and does voice over work. He's also an on-air personality at 96.7 KCAL FM where he has been working continually since 1988.
PJ Butta is not new to Los Angeles radio. Originally from San Diego, PJ moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of La Verne. While attending college, PJ decided to start his radio career early as a member of the street team at 92.3, then known as The Beat. While working at The Beat, PJ landed his first on-air gig at 104.7 KCAQ in Oxnard. His commute between both stations didn't last long. In less then a year, PJ was offered an on-air position at The Beat� a position he would hold for the next 10 years!
Today, aside from doing weekends at Hot 92 Jamz, PJ is a member of the Grammy Award winning production team and R&B/soul group, The Avila Brothers. You can find him DJing local clubs and internationally hosting the syndicated urban countdown show, The World Chart. He also owns a Cold Stone Creamery in Puerto Rico!
PJ originally came to Mt. SAC as a guest lecturer and was quickly hired as an Adjunct Professor.
But of all his many job titles, PJ Butta is most proud of being husband to Radio Personality, Nautica De La Cruz, and daddy to his baby girl, Brooklyn.
Jason Shiff knew by the time he was 12 that radio was his calling.
Jason earned his degree in Radio-TV-Film with an emphasis in Media Management from Cal State Fullerton...but says his real "schooling" came at K-RTH 101...where he started as in intern in the Promotions department...and was fortunate enough to be noticed by the station's program director.
Following his internship, he was hired by K-RTH as a producer for such legends as the Real Don Steele and Robert W. Morgan.
Jason's career includes work as Music/Program Director for one of the worldwide leaders in commercial music distribution...where he became an expert on Selector programming software and worked with some of the biggest companies in the world including McDonalds, Disney, Foot Locker and Applebees.
Currently, Jason is working as a programmer for Spafax In-flight Entertainment. If you've flown American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, U.S Airways, Virgin America or dozens of other airlines in the last year or so, you've likely heard his programming at your seat.
Tyler Cook is a writer, filmmaker and photographer currently living in Los Angeles. Cook attended Butler University in Indianapolis, where he played football and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature and American History. Tyler then received an M.F.A. in Cinema and Television Production from the University of Southern California, and has been engaged in filmmaking ever since. In the varied capacities of director, producer, and cinematographer, Cook has made several short films and features that have screened at the likes of Cannes, Hot Springs, the Golden Lion Film Festival, the San Francisco Documentary Festival, The Sundance Channel, and more.