Freshman to Start Online Radio Station
by Rachael Allen on Friday, February 24th, 2012
As online radio stations become more and more popular, there’s a chance that Milton Academy could haveits very own online radio station. Jamie Little (IV) recently submitted a proposal to Mr. Ball about the idea of a radio station – the proposal is currently under consideration.
The idea of creating a radio station first came to Jamie while listening to the radio and admiring how some other high schools and colleges have their own radio stations. Jamie’s plan is to make the music on the radio station reflect our school life with relaxed music during the weekdays and more upbeat music during the weekends. He also hopes to eventually start half-hour talk shows.
Online radio stations have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years. Many websites such as Pandora and Spotify offer a wide range of music while personalizing the music to the listener’s tastes. According to Gappster.com, a website that serves as a search engine for online radio stations, 42 million people used online radio each week in 2009, a sharp rise from 33 million in 2008. In addition, eMarketer predicts that by 2015, almost 70% of Americans above the age of 12 will listen to online radios weekly – last year a little less than 40% of all Americans above 12 used online radios weekly.
Because online radio stations, unlike actual radio stations, do not need a license from the Federal Communications Committee, online college and high school radio stations have also gained in popularity and influence. Many colleges already have their own radio stations, but many stations have expanded online to reach out to a larger audience. In addition, while high school radio stations are not as common, some private schools such as Phillips Academy, Deerfield Academy, and Tabor Academy have their own online radio stations.
Jamie, who started a film club at his old school and has some experience with video technology, will set up the website with the help of the administration and tech support as soon as his proposal gets approved. He hopes that the student body will support his cause to create an original radio station customized for Milton students.
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