Student Volunteer Toni Ehredt and Journalism instructor Jim Stockwell debut MCC Student Radio (MSR)
Video killed the radio star in the 1970's, but it's making a comeback at McHenry County College with the launch of the college's first student radio station called MCC Student Radio (MSR). The radio station launched on April 16, broadcasting from the MCC Commons through this week from 2 to 4 p.m. and will expand to a longer broadcast day beginning in the Fall 2014 semester.
MCC Student Radio "The Sound of the Scots" was in the making for the past two years after a group of students approached adjunct journalism instructor Jim Stockwell, who has a background in broadcast journalism and radio, to begin the process to create a college radio station. According to Stockwell, one of the biggest obstacles is obtaining the rights to play music on the station, but MCC was already in compliance with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), which allowed the students to form a broadcasting club and proceed with creating the station.
"The purpose of the radio station is to give students a hands-on feel as to what a radio station is like," Stockwell said. "Another purpose is to present a variety of music, including pop, oldies, retro and crossover, to appeal to the wide diversity on campus, and to share information about upcoming events and other news to MCC students."
Stockwell and student volunteer Toni Ehredt are currently recruiting more students to enable the station to expand into a two-hour radio show in the fall. Production meetings and training sessions will be held during the summer months to teach interested students how to speak on radio and write news—all without the pressure of being live, on-air.
"People can get involved in the student radio station to see if radio broadcasting is their passion," Stockwell said.
Currently, Ehredt is the sole radio "personality" and creates the playlists and public service announcements (PSA's). Ehredt is a member of MCC’s College Activities Board and saw the radio station as an opportunity to get more involved on campus. She took an Introduction to Film class with Stockwell and wanted to join the radio station was one way to learn a new skill.
"I saw flyers about the upcoming radio station and I decided to get involved because I like music," Ehredt said. "Plus, it's doing something valuable for the campus and fellow students. Radio is so prevalent. When I listen to (professional) stations, I think, 'I can do that better,'" Ehredt said.
Ehredt will graduate in May with two degrees—an Associate in Science and an Associate in Applied Science in graphic arts. She plans to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to study graphic communications.
"In the future, we hope to offer wave streaming, where students can listen to the radio station on their tablets, iPads on campus or from anywhere," Stockwell said.
In addition, to enhance the educational component of the radio station, Stockwell said he hopes to offer internships for students who are interested in the broadcast industry. He plans to work with Star 105.5 and 103.9 the Fox, located across the college parking lot, next to the MCC Fire Science training tower, to arrange opportunities for students to learn how the radio industry works and prepare for a possible career in broadcasting.
For more information about the MCC Student Radio station, contact Jim Stockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.mchenry.edu/msr or send an email to MSR@mchenry.edu.