Wednesday , April 26, is National High School Radio Day. The very own student run radio station 93.7 The Scratch operating out of Jasper High School, in Jasper, Indiana celebrated this joyous occasion.
Seniors Geordon Terwiske (left) and Breanna Mullen (right) start the first radio shift of the day off, marking this splendid occasion. Breanna co-host of the radio show the Jam Bam had this to say about how she felt about National High School Radio Day, ” I think national high school radio day is a good day to reflect about all the hard work the radio and tv class has put in to the station and reflect about all the things that the station has accomplished.” Breanna also stated that, “My favorite part about national high school radio day is being on the radio and connecting to and interacting with this audience through their requests.”
Along with her fellow seniors and co-hosts of the Jam Bam, Amanda Ackerman (middle right, white striped shirt), and Hilary Bauer (top right, silver headband), had this to say about this important day. ” My favorite part about national high school radio day was having the entire radio and TV 2 class on the air even though some us may like TV more than radio.”, and that ” For me national high school radio day is a day to celebrate radio, and especially how lucky we are to have the Scratch in Jasper because we are one of the high schools around here that have a radio station, so it’s just a really nice time to celebrate that.” said Amanda
The third Jam Bam host Hilary Bauer had this to say about National High School Radio Day, ” My favorite part about national high school radio day was everyone in the media classes coming together to share our love for the radio along with local support from the community. National high school radio is a big celebration for radio and radio pride, and it’s a way for everyone to come together and celebrate radio, which is nice because sometimes radio can be an overlooked thing, as we can come back to our radio roots and see how far we’ve come in so many years.”
Radio supervisor and beloved media teacher Mr. Elrod had this to say about National High School Radio Day, “My favorite part of high school radio day is celebrating something I hold dear and to have the option like we’ve had in the past few years to do what we want to with radio, in regards to focusing on that, and we’ve always done something different to do.” Mr. Elrod listed past things the students have done on high school radio day such as talking to industry professionals, to broadcasting on the stage in the cafeteria to what they did this year which was staying on the air all day, and setting a goal of one thousand likes on The Scratch’s Facebook page. Mr. Elrod also stated that he liked the brotherhood a radio station provides by having students join together along with having a certain kinship with other high schools across the country that also have a radio station. Mr. Elrod finished off by saying this, ” National High School Radio Day means a lot, it means that we’re not the only ones that are doing this, and that there are other schools that find value in high school radio, it means that there is still a place for radio, whether it be in the traditional sense, or in the new age of online streaming, or visual radio. It means that there is still a future for audio, and I love that we are able to celebrate that just one day a year.”
All and all National High School Radio Day is a day for high school radio stations to reflect on all the hard work they put in to keep their respected stations running, and to join and rejoice with other high school stations, along with celebrating the connection that they have with their students and their communities.