Students can expect a GGC radio station called Grizzlies On-Air to be up and running in the spring of 2020.
The majority of college campuses in Georgia have a radio station. Purchasing a radio frequency is expensive, though, so it will likely begin a podcast.
Senior exercise science majors Felicia Partin, Nickell Linonge, Taylor Sikes, Tyler Bost, and Kevin Trang decided to create Grizzlies On-Air for a project in their capstone course, Wellness Promotion Program (EXSC 4400).
The goal of the station is to “provide a creative platform for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to bring the Grizzly community together,” the policy manual states. “The station would also allow students easy access to information regarding campus events, Grizzly sports, announcements, local music artists, interactive discussions and more.”
The students have received a seed grant of $4000, which will go through in March 2020, and they are in the process of securing a location and buying necessary equipment.
“Some of the biggest obstacles we face are finding a location, people who are interested in working on the station, marketing Grizzlies On-Air, listeners, becoming an RSO on campus,” the students said jointly in an email interview. “The overall experience has been difficult but also rewarding.”
“They saw the needs, and the gaps that were there and have laid the groundwork for something that will be here forever, said Dr. Elgin Andrews, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science who taught the capstone course and coordinated the project. “They have really matured and tackled the roadblocks in front of them, so I’m very proud of this group.”
Although the project began in Dr. Andrews’ capstone course in the spring of 2019, the radio station has been years in the making.
“Dr. Andrews and I met a couple years ago when [he] first started at GGC about the possibilities of beginning a campus radio organization,” said Matthew Mahony, a member of the steering committee and the Athletics Video and Broadcast Coordinator at GGC.
They are also working on providing internships through the station.
“We want different departments to have different internships at the station,” said Dr. Andrews. “For example, science may do a broadcast on health and fitness, and that would be their buy in, but different departments could have different buy-ins to increase sustainability.”
This group of students has worked diligently to get the project off the ground, and they’re excited to give students a platform.