New student run radio set to press play
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:09
Students interested in the world of radio now have the opportunity to help produce an online station with the addition of Red Wolf Radio to A-State.
“Students have been wanting a radio station for years,” Larz Roberts, adviser to the student radio, said.
Roberts said although the campus does have KASU, it is an NPR station instead of student run. Red Wolf Radio will bring in the chance for non-communication majors to host their own show and play the music of their choice.
“No one needs to be experienced. We will provide training,” Roberts said.
He added that he knows the RTV students will be so excited about the new opportunity that they will help in spreading the word to others through social media and other outlets.
The station is currently being constructed on the first floor of the communication/education building near the K-labs. Roberts said the next step will be getting furniture, equipment and the operating systems up and running.
Roberts said the new trend with radio stations is moving to online streaming in order to reach people outside of the area.
“People on the other side of the world can hear us,” he said.
The station will have 24 hour streaming available. Roberts said there are plans to add a smartphone application for the station as well.
Marissa Dedner, a junior RTV major of Bentonville, said she can’t wait until the station is up and running after the good turnout at the initial interest meeting.
“I’m wanting to have a themed show,” she said. Dedner said she is thinking about adding 90s, R&B and hip-hop music to her lineup.
“I know a lot of students are wanting to do talk shows,” she added.
The student-run station will allow students from all majors to participate. Dedner said if a psychology major wants to participate, they can have their own talk show covering psychology topics.
The shows, which will mainly be pre-recorded, will also be produced entirely by the students.
“When you do it, you do everything,” Dedner said. “You do the voice, you do the music. It’s your show.”
Charles Mccray, a junior RTV major of Little Rock, said he is more interested in the technical portion of the station.
“I think it’s more on the production side,” he said of his plans to get involved.
Mccray said he wants to deal mostly with cutting commercial spots and recording shows and interviews.
“I’m most excited for our department,” he said. “This could be used as a recruitment tool.”
Mccray’s goals for being involved with the radio are to spread the word to students all over campus to show the station is open to non-communication majors as well.
“Anybody can do it,” Dedner said.
“It could not have happened without support from the department,” Roberts said.
Once the radio station is complete, streaming will be available at www.redwolfradio.org. The station will also be available through the astate.edu website. For more information or applications to join email Larz Roberts at email@example.com.