RadioSLCC, your online student source, is gearing up for another semester of broadcasting. The radio station, which had been located at Taylorsville Redwood Campus for many years, had been in need of some changes.
“The station was in desperate need of an update,” says RadioSLCC Station Manager Zac Hodge. “It had not been updated since the 80’s.”
The new station, which opened up halfway through fall semester of 2013, is now located at the South City Campus and has some brand new equipment.
“We are now concurrent to radio outside of SLCC,” says Hodge. “That means students who learn here can easily transition to working professionally in radio because our software is state-of-the-art. Our equipment is also top of the line.”
With the new equipment and station, SLCC has been able to upgrade from being an old analog station.
“The most significant part of RadioSLCC’s upgrade is that we are now digital,” says Hodge. “Digital is the standard right now.”
According to the FCC’s website, going digital allows radio stations to use multiple audio programming channels, transmit better quality audio, and the station can send out information like the name of a song with the actual song itself.
Students who are interested in working on the radio station are required to take a class in order to be trained on the equipment.
“Students can get involved by taking COMM 1560,” says Hodge. “Students who take this class will get their own DJ shift and they will be trained on our top-notch equipment.”
Students who take COMM 1560, Radio Performance and Production will learn more than just operating equipment.
“Students will see a number of benefits from taking this class.” says Hodge. “COMM 1560 will vastly improve your communication skills. Early on in the class you will be thrown straight onto the radio and asked to DJ. The first time can be rough, but you improve quickly.”
Students will find that they can relate to the content on RadioSLCC.
“This station is student driven,” says Hodge, “so when you tune in you will hear the music and opinions of your peers. You won’t have to hear from Joe Schmo about something you can’t relate to.”
Students who are interested in checking out the station are advised to go to radioslcc.com to learn more about the station.
“We have all of our DJ information and promos there,” says Hodge. “Come check us out.”