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BRIEFING
Live in three, two, one
Students run the show at EAA Radio
BY IAN J. TWOMBLY
I T ALL STARTED in a closet.
Today almost a million people listen to EAA Radio
each year during AirVenture, but the public voice of the
show began with much more humble origins.
Started in the late 1990s in a small closet in a communication
center on the airport, the station originally
existed to promote the convention's forum schedule.
It didn't take long for organizers to see the value in
having an on-site radio station, and soon other attendees,
exhibitors, and sponsors showed interest in getting
access to programming time. Today EAA Radio is live
with a minimum of eight and a half hours of programming
a day, plus the airshow and the Theatre in the
Woods evening programming, during the 11-day event.
It's available on air on the show grounds on 96.5 FM
or 1210 AM, and in a web stream that is live during the
show and replayed overnight at eaaradio.net. The web
stream also plays historical programs throughout the
rest of the year. And it's all run by students.
James Gray is the director of operations at KVSC
Radio at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and
an adjunct professor in the communications department.
Every year he teaches MCOM 414, a summer
class where students come to Oshkosh for 11 days to
create, run, and tear down a radio station. Gray and
his students are responsible for everything from
sponsorship sales to the technology and equipment,
programming, news gathering, editing, and on-air
talent. " Students get to see and experience a working
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radio station from birth to death, " he said. They work
10 to 15 hours a day for 11 days, and all sleep together in
a tent city in Camp Scholler. Gray wants them to have
the full Oshkosh experience.
The students get to experience the crunch of
deadlines, and they get the occasional perk. In
recent years they've interviewed and hung out with
actor/pilot Harrison Ford, the Apollo 11 astronauts,
actor/pilot Morgan Freeman, baseball great/pilot
Ken Griffey Jr., and many more celebrities. Plus,
the radio building is air conditioned, a rarity on the
grounds.
The station also serves as a part of the emergency
management coordination of the event, and a meteorologist
from the school's broadcast meteorology program
comes to forecast and deliver the weather. He or she
works with NOAA, the National Weather Service, and
Leidos. It's part of the entertainment-interviews with
celebrities and performers-and news service for the
600,000-plus people who attend AirVenture every year.
Yet more people listen to the web stream in the overnight
hours than during live programming. " It's a way into the
event if you can't make it there, " Gray said.
For Gray it's a way to mix the professional with the
personal. He's a pilot and grew up on a farm with an airstrip.
He remembers standing on the seat of his dad's
Cessna 140 so he could see over the panel. This year will
mark his forty-third trip to the show. ian.twombly@
aopa.org eaaradio.net
http://www.eaaradio.net http://www.eaaradio.net

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