KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo community and beyond can now tune in and listen to their favorite songs on 'Radio Free Kokomo,' a 24-hour online streaming radio station organized and produced by students on campus. Listeners can tune in at www.radiofreekokomo.org and click on the streaming link.
Broadcasting began on Tuesday, September 7, and students involved are enthused about not only providing a variety of music, but promoting campus events and community programming.
"We are really excited and hope it will be another way for students to connect to the campus," said Johnathan Grant, a senior who is also the station manager. "Anyone on the internet can click on it and listen."
More than 12,000 songs are available in the library playlist, with 168 hours of programming open each week. This will provide opportunities for student groups and even community members to publicize their events and causes. The group also plans to reach out to IU Kokomo alumni.
Plans are in the works for Chancellor Michael Harris to broadcast a radio spot as well, informing the region of campus happenings, successes, and achievements.
Established through members of the IU Kokomo Internet Radio and New Media Club, faculty advisors Scott Manthe and Rudy Kizer said the students have been diligent in their efforts for the past 14 months to make this a reality.
"We've gone from nothing to something in a pretty short amount of time," said Manthe, adding that the radio station has its own home across the hall from Havens Auditorium. Manthe has been in the radio business for 14 years. "In class, we have been working on getting the students ready to be on the radio – from learning the technical aspect to using their voices on air."
Kizer said the online streaming is run like an FM broadcast station. "It's as close as it can be without having the radio tower," he said. Kizer also has experience in radio, and has worked for WRZX in Indianapolis for 10 years.
One of the main goals of Radio Free Kokomo is to serve as a platform for campus groups and underserved groups in the community.
"We definitely want student involvement," Kizer said. "This radio station holds so much potential. Our focus right now is providing great music to listen to, and to be another arm of community outreach for the campus."
The group has become members of the College Music Journal (CMJ), where the music played here will influence chart positions. CMJ provides industry professionals with access to artist tracking, airplays reports, charts, etc., as well as compiles and analyzes college and non-commercial radio airplay information provided in the weekly CMJ New Music Report.
The two-credit hour class that coincides with the club will be offered again in the spring. Manthe and Kizer anticipate more students signing up and getting involved with the campus radio station.
Anyone interested in joining the club can attend a call-out meeting scheduled for Monday, September 20, at 2 p.m. in Havens Room, KO 134. There will be free pizza for those who attend, and organizers want to discuss the goals of Radio Free Kokomo for spring semester.
Updates about the radio station can also be found on social networking sites Facebook, by searching for IU Kokomo Radio Station Club, and on Twitter, at radiofreekokomo.
"There's a bit of a buzz going around about Radio Free Kokomo," Kizer said.
Students or faculty who would like to get involved with Radio Free Kokomo, or who would like to send event notifications for broadcast can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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