Jill Hopke

Environmental Communication. Social Movements. Mobile Media.

Tag: radio

WORT 2020: Adapting Community Radio to the New Media Ecology

Around New Year I visited WORT-FM 89.9 FM Community Radio with a friend who was back in town for the holidays and is a former local news “In Our Backyard” host. Sitting in the on-air studio I was struck by how the station was using the same basic technologies (e.g. mini-discs and Sound Forge audio editing software) that I had used at the station eight years ago. Shortly thereafter I heard an on-air announcement looking for volunteers to join its long-range planning “WORT 2020” process. As a listener, former staff member and sometimes volunteer, I decided to bring my perspective as a communications scholar to the table.

First on my mind was how my personal media consumption habits have changed drastically since I first got involved with WORT while I was an undergrad at UW-Madison, and that’s an understatement. I am not alone.

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Save the Date: 2011 First-Year Experience Conference

This one is a ways off, but well-worth marking down: the 2011 First-Year Experience Conference, sponsored by the Center for the First-Year Experience, Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Pyle Center.

I had the opportunity to teach radio production to first-year students in an innovative First-Year Interest Group (FIG) program last fall. It was a personally enriching experience and we all (instructors and students) alike got a lot out of the course. To read more about my department’s participation in the FIG program, click here.

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