ERIC Number: ED339055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Electronic Sandbox: A Plan for Improving the Educational Value of Student-Operated Radio Stations.
Thompsen, Philip A.
Many colleges and universities have student-operated radio stations, but in some instances these stations have deteriorated, becoming "electronic sandboxes" where students "play radio." This paper suggests that the educational value of student-operated radio stations can and should be improved. The broadcast industry traditionally has a low assessment of the quality of broadcast education. To improve the perceived quality of graduates of broadcast programs, students must be offered more professionally realistic experiences at student-operated radio stations. Issues regarding music programming, "alternative" programming philosophy, relationship to the faculty advisor, and difficulties faced by faculty advisors have contributed to the general decline of these stations. A plan for improving the educational value of student-operated radio stations is presented. It involves having the faculty advisor: (1) assess the present condition of the station in terms of talent, discipline, dedication, enthusiasm, and professional aspiration; and (2) concentrate on training, organizing, establishing a "vision" of the station, rewarding desired behavior, and pursuing a professional philosophy of station operation. (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Operated Radio Stations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Broadcast Education Association (Las Vegas, NV, April 13-15, 1991).