The influence of the Web continues to expand and radio broadcasting is part of that growth.
Some students at Wawasee High School in Syracuse are learning about Web-based radio broadcasting through one of the career and technical education courses offered at the school.
Near the end of the 2012-13 academic year, WHS began warriorradiowarr.caster.fm, where radio broadcasting occurs 24 hours a day online. When students take the course, they also learn about TV broadcasting, which has been offered for a few years already.
Phil Huffman, radio/TV instructor at WHS, said previously a radio broadcasting course was offered at West Noble High School and Wawasee students attended. West Noble is part of the CTE cooperative with Wawasee. But the course was dropped by West Noble.
Wawasee decided to start its own radio station, he noted. “We found Caster.FM and it is free,” he said. “It will help us keep costs down,” and up to 300 listeners can access the station at the same time.
When students come to the production studio for the class, they learn from a curriculum including production methods, editing, sound and more. Huffman noted they give weather updates and make quick announcements such as about school related events. Mike Casey, WHS teacher, is also utilizing the station for his “Mike on Mic” program where he hopes to interact with students.
And music of various types is played automatically.
The radio station is still fairly new and is a work in progress. Huffman said he hopes to use it to generate more interest in the school’s academics and “make it more inviting.” Broadcasting athletics other than the typical sports of football, basketball and baseball is also a possibility, he added.
Web radio broadcasting is growing and one of the reasons why is because it is not restricted geographically. Anyone with online access can listen to a station no matter where they are. “When people travel, they can still listen to the stations they like,” Huffman said.
But, he noted, listening to an online radio station drains the battery of the electronic device so there is still a need for traditional stations broadcasting on the airwaves. Wawasee is considering starting a traditional station with a limited signal range of a few miles.
Only four students are enrolled in the radio/TV class this trimester. Scheduling problems prevented more from taking the class during the current trimester, so Huffman expects more to be in the class the next two trimesters. Those who take the class can not only earn high school credits, but also credits from Vincennes University.
Wawasee’s radio station has a Facebook page and is also on Twitter by going to at Warrior radio TV.