Hi everyone, I'm Jackie DeMolee, the current BOSP chair and the person "leading" the radio forum as well as the committee that's been set up for spring semester.
Rodger Dodger: The firs thing I want to address it allowing a department-take-over of some sort. There are a lot of programs at other schools that incorporate their radio stations into their curriculum. I understand that the Communication department has been a complete clustereff, but the faculty member who attended the meeting is new. I have personal experience with him from when he interviewed here for the position last spring. If this radio station is going to continue beyond this group of students, there needs to be more support than just the current students who are interested. It needs university support. And one way to help that along is to get support within the department that SHOULD care about something like this. Maybe not in the way of curriculum, but it's just an idea. It would help fill on-air hours, which is vital. And the classroom setting could teach students the basics that they can then apply on the airwaves. I went to school for radio broadcasting at NCTC in Thief River Falls (the program does not exist any more). We learned in the classroom, but we also applied it in the studio. We were required to fill so many hours a semester on-air. Again, that would help with filling airtime, plus a course in radio is seriously lacking in the department. I want to say that I have faith in a lot of the new faculty members that they respect students. The tenure faculty are another story and they don't want this thing at all, nor do they want any change from what I've been told.
I think that you're an asset to this team because, I think, the general idea is that we put this online first and see if we can get it operational and functional, which I think we can!
If we're going to do it online, we're going to need a Web site and you sound like you know something about it! As I stated in my e-mail, we have a server that can host an online station right now, but before we do that, we must have some structure and some understanding as well as equipment.
I have experience in running and operation of a radio station from my education at NCTC and working in radio for about four years part-time. I understand the basics and I have connections on how we can set things up to make them run. I'm meeting with Ryan Howard tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Union to talk about structure.
One final thing, I think this message board is great, but I also have the availability to send invites to Google Wave (it's like e-mail, but interactive) and we could use that! I haven't really used it all that much, but I think it would be perfect for this kind of thing.
What is Google Wave? This is the best video I can find to explain it for those of you who don't have it or know what it is:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDu2A3WzQpo