Southeastern's KSLU to recognize College Radio Day
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Preparing for College Radio Day -- KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney goes over the programming schedule for College Radio Day with student announcer Kacie Barnes, a general studies major from Covington. The Southeastern Louisiana University’s public radio station joins its counterparts throughout the nation to celebrate College Radio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s public radio station, KSLU 90.9 FM, will join hundreds of its counterparts throughout the nation to celebrate College Radio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The event is designed to promote the unique culture and programmatic offerings provided by college and university radio stations, said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney.
“Representatives of stations from across America are going on air to talk about the benefit of university and college-based radio stations and what we offer the community that other radio stations don’t,” Delaney explained.
Approximately 240 stations are expected to participate in College Radio Day. Delaney explained that KSLU will air its regular programming while DJs talk about the benefits of university radio stations - from introducing new music to airing specialty programs heard nowhere else.
“The format will stay the same, but our people will be passing the message along that university radio stations are here, there’s a need for them, and they provide a valuable service,” he said.
The station serves as a hands-on learning lab every semester for approximately 15 students interested in going into the radio broadcasting field as a career, Delaney explained. In addition, KSLU also provides internships for area high school students who participate in the station’sday-to-day operations.
KSLU is the only public radio station on the north shore and boasts a diverse range of programming in its lineup. Along with the wide variety of music, KSLU also offers a large selection of programming, ranging from the award-winning rock history show “Rock School,” to the syndicated “Caffe Italia,” which features classical, contemporary and cultural music from Italy, and special block programs on blues and jazz.
Delaney noted that since the station is streamed over the Internet, the reach of its programming goes worldwide, far beyond the physical broadcasting range of the station.
“What we offer that you can’t find on a commercial radio station is the diversity of music and programming,” says Delaney. “You can’t make everyone happy all the time, but what we try to do is diversify our programming throughout the week to appeal to a variety of target audiences and demographics.”
Delaney said the station also serves as a community asset by raising funds and focusing recognition on organizations such as local non-profits and charity organizations including Options, TARC, CASA, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and others.
Rob Quicke, assistant professor of communication and general manager of WSPC at William Paterson University in New Jersey, worked with students to recruit radio stations in 42 states, Canada and Jamaica to participate in the recognition event.