Appalachian State University's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society chapter began in the 1980s. Formed in 1943 on the campus of Stephens College in Missouri, NBS had the original name of Alpha Epsilon Rho in honor for the Association for Education in Radio (AER). The Society also has a chapter of AERho, the honorary side of the National Broadcasting Society.
The National Broadcasting Society seeks to enhance the development of college and university students involved in the telecommunications, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media by 1) promoting excellence; 2) providing opportunities for leadership; 3) providing exposure to the telecommunication industries; 4) assisting career preparation; and 5) providing opportunities for the development of members through advanced media education programs at local, district, regional, and national levels.
ASU is proud to have an active NBS chapter that provides students with numerous opportunities to gain background broadcasting knowledge and make important contacts with broadcasting professionals. Through NBS students have attended national conventions in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, St. Louis, Miami, and Washington, D.C.
NBS sessions teach students about job workshops, internship opportunities, resume building, broadcasting issues, professionalism, and professional contacts. NBS also offers hands-on experience through video taping and marketing ASU commencement exercises twice annually.