It’s wonderful to see new student radio stations start up across the country. Arkansas State University’s Red Wolf Radio is one of the newest, launching earlier this year.
Building on a program with a history of public service broadcasting, a new venture, Red Wolf Radio–a student-operated, online radio station, went live with on-air student talent beginning this morning, according to Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication.
“Students have long-wanted a student-run station on campus that caters to their interests,” said Larz G. Roberts, A-State instructor in the Multimedia Journalism Program. “Its time has come.”
I think one of the problems with developing good public affairs programming for college radio is the assumption that a show needs to be a standard length to fit perfectly into the existing schedule.
AMU Radio at American Military University has a good schedule of “programming showcasing faculty practitioners who are experts in their fields.” They offer six programs of varying lengths - from 5-10 minutes, 15-25 minutes and 50-60 minutes. Some of the programs also repeat throughout the week.
While shows should be a standard length if your ultimate goal is syndication, something just for your station can be as flexible as you need. By all means don’t add 10 minutes of sub par content just to fill space.
radio: if your school has one join it asap. it’s chill. you meet cool people. you can study and listen to good music. did i mention you get to speak on the radio? yeah so seriously it’s the best.
-coming from a kid that only applied to colleges with radio stations