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ERIC Number: EJ759532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Voice of Ouray
Trotter, Andrew
Education Week, v24 n41 p41-44 Jun 2005
This article features KURA 98.9 LP-FM, a student-run radio station in a small Colorado town named Ouray. KURA is one of only a few radio stations in the U.S. managed and produced by high school students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Since first hitting the airwaves in 2002, the station has been a public forum for teenagers' expression--especially of their musical tastes--in a town that seems to rear youngsters who are independent-minded, sometimes to a fault, the locals say. KURA is not just about the teenagers. As the only radio station in town--and needing support from local businesses to survive--it has had to serve the adult residents' needs and tastes as well. KURA's eclectic musical mix can be heard in many of the shops and restaurants lining the nine-block Main Street, which is uninterrupted by traffic signs or lights. The station is also a valuable source of local news. At the Ouray School, KURA is housed in a large room just off the library and media center. Most of the 20 high school students who help run the station are enrolled in media specialist Nancy Nixon's radio class. Others schedule time in the studio as part of an independent study of broadcasting. The curriculum covers the history of radio, training in computer production tools used for audio editing, broadcast skills, and radio journalism. KURA's recipe is summarized in its standard weekday schedule, distributed to shops and tourist hotels: modern popular music from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m., a varied mix of mostly adult rock from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., jazz during the dinner hours from 5 to 7, then Night Blast from 7 to midnight, a time the station devotes to local teenagers' appetites for hip-hop, rap, alternative, and modern rock. The period from midnight to 3 a.m. features classical and New Age.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado