Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Kenneth Weidner
From a young age, I have been heavily involved in mass communication. You see my mother was a freelance advertiser when I was growing up. From the age of six, I was regularly appearing in both radio and television advertisements in the Southwestern part of the state. She worked for Lamar and Associates and was in charge of many accounts including the Albany mall. This is where I first got my interest in AV tech. In middle school and High school, I worked with not only the school auditoriums and churches in every aspect of what they did but also in high school I ran my own DJ business. In high school, I also set up and provided sound for the Veteran's State Park at Lake Blackshear for the Cordele Chamber of Commerce for large events such as the Fourth of July celebrations.
In college, as an undergraduate, I started getting heavily involved in recording for Troy University. By the time I was in Graduate school, I worked as a recording engineer for the school of music and tech for the theatre running sound, lights, and video. I also worked with the Adams Center Union Board for bands coming to campus Such as Goo Goo Dolls, Vertical Horizon, and many others. Through this, I was able to work with graphing, lighting, front-of-house sound, recording, as well as video.
Through my graduate work, I was able to directly work with Brian McNight, The Temptations Review, and even artists such as Lee Greenwood. I took many independent studies as reflected upon my transcript. Through those, I ended up not only being directly responsible for recording and mastering all the university bands but entailing almost 50 years of archiving all sorts of media into a digital encyclopedia of the school of music so to speak. This is where I started getting my own recording equipment and got back into advertising on the side.
Throughout my first couple years of band director in Wayne County, I started amassing a collection of recording and video equipment that rivals any studio South of Macon. It got to the point where I built a separate small house on my acreage and built a full-fledged, fully automated, AV studio with nothing but state-of-the-art equipment. I recorded and produced four full-length albums and have recorded literally thousands of live events. Ninety-five percent of my work was done Gratis with School systems, bands, 2 former Miss Georgia (Jameson Kenerly 2016, and Jordan Leighton 2012). With the age of the smartphone, I started moving from the Audio side and more towards the video side. I sold much of my audio studio sans my microphones and Video equipment to Atlas Sound in Waycross.
After 16 years of teaching band, I decided to make a move to teach my true passion, Avtech. I am currently teaching Film and recording here at WCHS. My students have placed in many Statewide competitions over the last 5 years. I am a co-sponsor of Skills USA where my students compete frequently. In the past three years, the film and audio studio here at WCHS has had almost half a million dollars of renovations. We work on state-of-the-art equipment that is as nice as any studio you may work for in the industry. In the past 2 years, we have had over 13 seniors decide to pursue film after high school and are enrolled in many top-tier film schools around the nation including Full Sail University, The Georgia Film Academy, and Georgia State.