OVER THE AIRWAVES

As much as I love the video side of the journalism world the radio industry is just as exciting. This past semester my broadcast news writing professor, Windsor Johnston, has given my class a rigorous introduction to the radio world. Johnston is the news director at WRTI radio located right here on campus so she brings years of real world experience to class everyday. Instead of giving our class a traditional final she decided to split us all into groups and have the class produce final radio shows.Each show had to run between 8 to 10 minutes and include all the normal segments such as traffic, weather, sports etc. Since Windsor works at WRTI we were able to take advantage of the million dollar recording studios to record our projects. Before we started the project everyone had to come up with call letters for our newly created station so my group decided on WFML. Take a listen below to my groups final project: WFML news @ 4.

Some of the other projects we had to do over the course of this semester include radio wraps, and live reports. The live report assignment was very unique. Windsor gave everyone in the class a specific time to call her phone and leave their live report as a voicemail on her phone. I chose to report live on location prior to the Phillies game 5 against the Rockies.

Here are three of the wraps I wrote and produced this semester.

1. Temple Basketball

2. Phillies

3. Cherry Crusaders

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1 Comment

  1. As you know a college radio station is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college or university. This is an opportunity you can take great pride in. Programming may be exclusively by students, or may include programmers from the wider community in which the station is based. Sometimes campus stations are operated for the purpose of training professional radio personnel, sometimes with the aim of broadcasting educational programming, while other stations exist to provide an alternative to commercial or government broadcasters.

    Campus radio stations are generally licensed and regulated by national governments, and so have very different characteristics from one country to the next. One commonality between many stations regardless of their physical location is a willingness — or, in some countries, even a licensing requirement — to broadcast musical selections that are not categorized as commercial hits. Because of this, campus radio has come to be associated with emerging musical trends, including genres such as punk and New Wave, alternative rock, indie rock and hip hop, long before those genres become part of the musical mainstream. Campus radio stations also often provide airplay and promotional exposure to new and emerging local artists.

    Many campus radio stations carry a variety of programming including news (often local), sports (often relating to the campus), and spoken word programming as well as general music. Often the format is best described as a freeform radio format, with a lot of creativity and individualism among the disc jockeys and show hosts. A number of these stations have gained critical acclaim for their programming and are considered by the community in which they are embedded to be an essential media outlet.

    Although the term campus radio implies full-power AM or FM transmission over the air, many stations experiment with low-power broadcasting, closed circuit or carrier current systems, often to on-campus listeners only. Some stations are distributed through the cable television network on cable FM or the second audio program of a TV station. Some universities and colleges broadcast one or more Internet radio feeds — either instead of, or in addition to a campus radio station — which may differ in format significantly from licensed traditional campus radio.

    Make the most of this opportunity to be creative and own the moment!!

    Brian R. Callahan
    Philadelphia, PA


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