The Department of Communication and Journalism is taking steps to launch LU Radio, a student-run campus radio station, in the fall.
As part of its development strategy, the station’s organizers have requested that all Lipscomb students take a brief 3-minute survey that will guide the staff in selecting music and shows for the station.
To take the anonymous survey, click the following link.
Aerial Ellis, the professor overseeing the station, said students who are interested in volunteering with the station would have opportunities to host a one-hour weekly show or to help produce promotional materials for the station.
“They’ll be able to be on air, and the hope is that we have multiple slots open for students to come host and create their own radio shows,” Ellis said, adding that preference would be given to communication majors.
Ellis said the station would then likely open to students in other majors or to professors who want to produce shows for their departments or share content with the rest of campus.
Kelly Dean, a sophomore in journalism and new media and the radio production assistant this spring, said she’s excited for the station to get started.
“I think it just offers a lot of opportunities for students,” she said. “Not a lot of small universities have radio stations. It’s beneficial for students to get experience, and it’s beneficial for students listening.”
Dean said she thinks having a radio station will be especially nice for students during good weather when they can sit outside and listen to the station’s music during campus events.
“I hope to see students getting excited about radio in general and wanting to put the work in and wanting to have fun with it,” Dean said. “That’s all we’re trying to do here–provide a radio station on campus for students. Students can have fun with it and create something else to get involved in and someting that’s worth the experience after you graduate.”
Ellis said she thinks the station will benefit both the students and the university.
“I think the benefit is that there’s actually a voice applied to the university,” she said. “The vision for the station is that it’s operated by the students, and the students share the vision of the university. There’s an opporunity for that [vision] to be communicated in another format.”
Ellis said the department wants to use the station as another way to prepare students for their careers.
“What the department wants to accomplish is to give the students a quality experience in radio that will help them be perepared for their future careers, regardless of if they want to be in radio or not,” she said. “[Radio] is no longer the traditional format that we used to know. We have to be able to create an atmosphere where students learn that from a wide variety of angles. The department also wants to create another platform for the campus community to see what experiences students are gaining, to see what they’re learning and to provide an outlet for even faculty and staff to share what’s going on within our campus community.”
Students who are interested in volunteering with the radio station or hosting a show can attend an informational meeting at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in Ezell 154. You can also send an email to email@example.com for more details.