- Published on Monday, 20 April 2015 08:25
The fourth annual High School Radio Day celebration is taking place this week on Wednesday, April 22nd. The special day, observed by numerous terrestrial and Internet radio stations run by high schools nationwide, salutes these stations, along with the students and advisers who operate them.
High School Radio Day was started after the success of College Radio Day, which launched in 2011. Even though many high school stations participated in the initial College Radio Day event, Pete Bowers -- the station manager of Bloomfield Hills, MI high school radio station WBFH-FM -- felt the high school stations deserved annual recognition of their own.
High School Radio Day is also being done to help raise awareness about the small number of remaining high school radio stations nationwide. Shrinking scholastic budgets has reduced the number of radio stations for students. According to Bowers' estimates, there are only around 200 high school radio stations (including Internet-only stations) left in the country, and that count seems to reduce annually.
Said Bowers regarding this: "The number of terrestrial stations is dropping, but the number of online stations is increasing with some of those applying for LPFM construction permits. 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."
WNAS-FN in New Albany, IN, was the very first high school radio station to be licensed by the FCC. The New Albany High School student-run station has been broadcasting since May 1949.
The first annual High School Radio Day, held on May 16, 2012, had 31 schools participating. Last year, around 60 high school radio stations participated. This year, that number is up to nearly 70 high school stations taking part in this event.
Among the Chicago area and northeast IL high school radio stations participating are:
WLTL-FM 88.1 (Lyons Township High School)
WRWX-FM 88.1 (Ridgewood High School)
WDGC-FM 88.3 (Downers Grove North/South High Schools)
WDSO-FM 88.3 (Chesterton High School)
WGBK-FM 88.5 (Glenbrook South High School)
WARG-FM 88.9 (Argo Community High School)
WRHS-FM 89.7 (Ridgewood High School)
WRHS (Online only) (Reavis High School)
WXMR-FM 94.3 (Marengo Community High School)
All of the above schools also participated last year, with the exception of Marengo High School.
Some of the stations have special events planned. Others are simply hoping the public will tune in to hear the creative programming alternatives being offered by many of these high school stations, as opposed to what is being offered on the corporate-owned commercial radio stations.
More information can be found on the High School Radio Day website