ERIC Number: ED394520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Starship Earth: A Model for Advising Environmental Discussions on College Radio.
Because college radio offers a less structured environment, a natural habitat is created which provides for broadcasting experimental shows such as Starship Earth, an environmental radio show on East Stroudsburg University's (Pennsylvania) college radio station, WESS 90.3 FM. Environmental problems, issues, and solutions are discussed on the show. The basic format of Starship Earth is an informal round-table discussion involving an advisor, students (both undergraduate and graduate) and guest speakers (professors and community leaders). The show lasts 1 hour with a break at the bottom of the hour for station identification and pertinent announcements. Brief poetry readings and musical selections that reflect the nature of the discussions are interspersed throughout the show. The advisor, a faculty member from the Environmental Studies or Biology Department, plays a key role in lending credibility to the show, providing a focal point for discussions, keeping discussion relevant to the topic, and providing current research findings for each week's topic. To plan for each show, the panel makes a list of potential topics at least 2 weeks in advance. Arrangements are then made for a guest speaker. Listeners are encouraged to call and express both supporting and opposing viewpoints. College radio advisors can use Starship Earth as a model for creating an environmental radio program in their own university. An appendix lists the general topics and speakers. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: East Stroudsburg University PA; Pennsylvania State Colleges and Universities; Talk Shows
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Broadcast Education Association Convention (Las Vegas, NV, 1996).