NEW ALBANY —
The door to the soundproof booth closed and the producer counted down until the mic was hot. On the count of one, the disc jockey made his take and it was over.
Gannon State was just doing his job, but his mom sure loved hearing her third-grader on the air that evening.
New Albany High School’s inaugural WNAS Radio Camp taught 11 students, including State, the basics of preparing for and recording broadcasts, but also gave them a chance to make their debut on the airwaves.
Jason Flener, the new general manager for WNAS-FM (88.1), said he and the former general manager, Lee Kelly, had talked about starting the camp before Kelly retired.
“It sets an interest,” Flener said. “This is one of the bright spots of New Albany High School. We are one of the very few schools that can say we have a radio and TV station broadcasting from their campus. If we can get kids involved in the broadcast, the community gets involved, they get to see what we have to offer here.”
He said students learned about the equipment and some of the legal matters involved in broadcasting, but they also got to introduce songs, produce interviews and put together on-air pieces.
Some of the students came from elementary and middle schools in Floyd County, but others came a long way to get an education in broadcast.
Ireland Dozall, an incoming eighth-grader at Horace Mann school in Wichita, Kan., said she visits her grandparents in New Albany in the summer. Her grandparents had heard about the camp and thought she’d be interested in attending.
“I’m really into visual and audio things,” Dozall said. “I want to become a director, so this is just more experience for me.”
Chloe Drake, an incoming sixth-grader at Holy Family school, said she’s already got big plans for her career, so she wanted to make sure she could handle a radio studio early on.