High School Radio Day Unites Stations Nationwide

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High School Radio Day Unites Stations Nationwide

Apr 9, 2014 1:47 PM

Apr 9, 2014 - High school radio stations in the United States will come together for one day of celebration April 23, 2014, when the Third Annual High School Radio Day is scheduled after a successful event last year. Since there are so few high schools with radio stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day (HSRD) will raise a greater awareness of the ones still broadcasting over the air and newer ones streaming online.

A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 23: www.highschoolradioday.com" target="_blank">highschoolradioday.com. Schools can register stations on that site. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming; notable high school radio grads; links to other high school stations nationwide; and a resource page with information pertinent to high school broadcasters.

High School Radio Day was created after College Radio Day launched in 2011. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day Founder Pete Bowers (Station Manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, MI) scheduled the first HSRD in May 2012 and the second one in April 2013.

Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational radio station or an internet-only or online radio station.

Last year, 52 schools from 32 states registered for the event, up from 31 schools from 16 states the first year. Students and advisors at those stations reached out to potential listeners in their broadcast area and online encouraging them to listen and be prepared to hear creative programming not heard on commercial stations.