JEFFERSONVILLE — High schoolers across Greater Clark County Schools are one step closer to taking to the airwaves.
Approval to apply for an FM radio frequency was approved by the district’s board of trustees at Tuesday’s meeting. Following the meeting, Superintendent Andrew Melin said it could open new opportunities for students.
“It’s something we want to investigate how we can involve all of our high schools in the process,” Melin said. “There’s only going to be one tower and one station, but we want to see how we can serve as much of our district as possible.”
He said the district would only purchase one tower, but students in each of its three high schools could produce content to air.
Melin, who worked on his high school radio station and then managed it after graduation, said he thinks it presents a number of educational benefits for students who want to participate.
“It’s very exciting,” Melin said. “I benefited greatly from my experiences I had in high school. Based on those and that high school radio station, I was able to secure a paid position at a processional radio and TV station when I went to college. That led to a lot of other opportunities through my college experience.”
Though the results of the application won’t come for a couple of months, Melin said if the district is approved, it will move fairly quickly to get a station moving.
He said he would hope to have the tower purchased — at about $50,000 — and installed by the beginning of the next school year if they’re approved for the frequency. But he said staffing a radio program and managing it between three schools is the most difficult portion of the job.
Their neighbors across county lines, New Albany High School and Floyd Central High School, both contribute to WNAS — the oldest high-school run FM radio station in the country — from their own campuses.