By Kyle Woosley
Though efforts to provide Eastern with a student-run radio station are currently underway, some aspects are still uncertain.
Issues such as location, funding and content are just a few of the topics being discussed among those involved in the planning.
A current topic of discussion is whether or not the station will be broadcast or internet-based, which would heavily impact how much funding will be needed.
“It will definitely start off as an internet-based station, but who knows after that,” said Allyson DeVito, part-time faculty in the Department of Communication.
Dalton Gahafer, 20, elementary education major from Louisville, said he hopes the radio chooses to utilize the Internet.
“It would definitely be better to start off [with] internet because it’s cheaper, and we could reach a wider audience,” Gahafer said.
DeVito said starting the station off through the Internet would be cheaper, since they would not need a radio tower and could involve the campus’ extended community, such as Eastern alumni and regional campuses. But she hopes the station will eventually have a permanent location. Currently, they are looking into a location in Powell.
“We want it to be visible to drum up interest to listen,” DeVito said.
The radio station is attempting to apply for a $5,000 Information Technology grant from the Student Government Association for funding.
But Terry Madsen, information and technology chair in SGA, said the grant would not be allotted until the spring.
“It’s something Student Senate does see as a very feasible and great idea,” said Matthew White, vice president of SGA. “It’s a great thing for the university to have.”
While SGA does support the student radio station and what is best for them, they are still looking into other ways to fund the station, White said.
On Oct. 25, Jamie Speake, 22, broadcasting and electronic media major from Lancaster and member of the information and technology committee in SGA, presented a resolution to support a student radio station to senate.
The resolution stated, “The implementation of a radio station run by students will give the student body a creative outlet to dispel information and to advance themselves within their program.”
In an attempt to make students more involved with the station, DeVito hopes to incorporate participation at the radio station into some of the broadcasting classes.
“In addition to students reading the textbook and writing, students could go to campus radio station for three to four hours during the semester to do broadcasts,” DeVito said.
Students could also get hands-on experience with the radio station.
“Right now there is no real way broadcasting students can gain knowledge about radio in the classroom,” said Speake. “I realized I wanted to work in radio about a year and a half ago, and there was no way of educating myself on-campus, no classes, nothing.”
Speake eventually ended up working two simultaneous internships in Lexington and Richmond. She said this taught her more about working in the business than any of her other courses.
“An on-campus student-run radio station would provide those students interested in radio with a learning platform,” Speake said.
Although some details are still uncertain, DeVito said she hopes the radio station will be up and running by next fall. DeVito said the radio station currently has confirmed approximately $9,500 in funding from the Department of Communication.
A petition, which was being circulated by students who are in support of the radio station, is no longer a feasible measure of support, Speake said.
The petition would have supported a student fee, which would have supported the yearbook and radio. The idea of a student fee of $5 to support the radio is still being looked at, said DeVito.