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Student radio, TV shows making waves

Teamwork is taking on a different form beyond the football fields and basketball courts this school year for some area students through efforts to create a radio broadcast and TV show on a daily basis.



ABOVE: Benjamin Logan Middle School student Wes Oldaker hosts an edition of the school’s news program, Raider News at Noon. (PHOTO | MS.BENJAMINLOGAN.ORG) BELOW: The student management staff of 91.7 WDEQ The Buzz are, from the left, seated: Aaron Kean, assistant manager; Hailee Shultz, music manager; and Greg Bryant, junior high news director; and standing, HannahJo Grimes, high school news director; Jason Yoder, sports broadcasting director; Jasmine Bryant, station man- ager; and Jesse Kean and Jon Norris, production managers. Webmaster Bryant Miller is not pictured. (PHOTO | RIVERSIDE SCHOOLS) FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Riverside’s student-run radio station 91.7 WDEQ manager Jasmine Bryant, left, talks Tuesday with assistant manager Aaron Kean and instructor Michelle Weadock in the broadcast room at the school. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)



Eighth-graders at Benjamin Logan Middle School recently started a news program, Raider News at Noon, televised each day during the lunch period to keep classmates informed of events affecting their part of the world.

Similarly, Riverside Local Schools has revamped its radio program, WDEQ 91.7 The Buzz, that had been off air for several years. Broadcasts began again last school year, reaching the DeGraff and Quincy areas, bringing back a tradition that started in the district in 1967.

“Coming from a small town, having a radio station at our school means a lot to us,” said station manager Jasmine Bryant, who is a sophomore at Riverside High School. “Sometimes we don’t get opportunities like this that kids at schools in big cities might have.”

On the TV news side at Ben Logan, students work each morning to write and produce an informative newscast delivering the day’s announcements, news and information pertinent to the student body using a Tri-Caster 40 Studio program. The system is complete with teleprompter and a green screen for adding custom backgrounds.

District computer technician Brian Greavu assists in this process.

Likewise, during most school days at Riverside, members of the WDEQ’s management team often can be found in the station planning room that is adjacent to the broadcast area.

“This space is wonderful,” their instructor Michelle Weadock said.

“The students are in here before school and after school a lot and usually during their free periods to plan our broadcasts and schedules. It’s great to have this location to get together and keep everyone in the loop about what’s going on.”

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