NEW ALBANY — Those looking to listen to something new on the radio have another option: a station at Indiana University Southeast, bringing fresh voices to the airwaves.

Horizon Radio celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting Thursday.

The radio station streams content online and is a blend of students in the IU Southeast journalism program, students who want to participate as an extracurricular activity and IUS faculty, according to Adam Maksl, assistant professor of journalism and the adviser to Horizon Radio.

“There’s 168 hours in a week and we want to fill as much of that as we can with news, talk, information and sports,” Maksl said. “A good chunk will be music. That’s a good way we can serve the community as well. But there will be more news, talk, information and sports than you’d see at most college radio stations.”

Public relations and multimedia student Jewell Conner is in the audio storytelling course, a class that brings her into the studio, and says she enrolled so she could diversify her skills as a future public relations professional.

“It doesn’t hurt to have experience in a little bit of everything,” she said.

On track for a spring graduation, Conner has started looking at job openings and noticed one in Florida that, lo and behold, was posted by a PR firm looking for a station manager.

Ashley Smith, another student in the journalism program, says she plans to join the station this fall as an extracurricular activity.

"I [want] to learn how to edit the audio, how to do the soundboard," Smith, who said she's already learning writing, photography and video, said. "If I did this it would really just set my resume."

That’s exactly what Maksl is hoping for: Students using the audio storytelling class as another way to make themselves more employable.

"I want students to see all of the things in their tool belt and then choose the right tool to tell the story," he said.

While there are many options in the market for listeners, Maksl said the community should tune in to Horizon Radio because he expects a level of professionalism from the students that will show in their work.

“Ultimately, in an era when the bar is so low to just produce content, those who can do it well stand tall,” he said.

To tune in, head to www.iushorizonradio.com.

Erin Walden is the education reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at erin.walden@newsandtribune.com or by phone at 812-206-2152. Follow her on Twitter: @ErinWithAnEr.

Education Reporter

Erin Walden is the education reporter for the News and Tribune. She studied journalism at the University of Cincinnati. Send tips and story ideas to erin.walden@newsandtribune.com.

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