Two Michigan high school radio stations to help celebrate High School Radio Day on May 16
High school radio stations in the United States will come together for one day of celebration May 16 when the first-ever High School Radio Day is launched.
Since there are so few high schools with radio stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting after so many have been shut down due to school district budget cuts.
A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on May 16: www.highschoolradioday.com. Schools can register their stations on that site with a link to their station website. The day will include an open video call where stations will be able to talk to one another and share technical expertise, fundraising events, programming and promotion ideas.
High School Radio Day comes on the heels of College Radio Day that occurred last October. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day founder Pete Bowers (Station Manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, MI) decided to hold the day in May since the first U.S. high school radio station, WNAS, went on the air in May, 1949.
Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational radio station or an internet-only radio station. "And that number is dropping," said Bowers. "That's why we need to unite on High School Radio Day and make the public aware of what we do, how we do it, and the service we provide our communities," he said.
Two high school radio stations from Michigan have registered as a Participating Schools. WBFH-FM in Bloomfield Hills and WSDP-FM in Canton will be two of the schools in the nation promoting High School Radio Day.
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