Midcoast students on WRFR

Nov 30, 2012
Rockland Middle School students work on their radio script. From left are Matthew Stanley, Elayne Gustafson, Tristan Gill and Cole MacDonald.

Rockland — On Thursday, Dec. 6, students from Suzanne McMackin’s reading class will broadcast their own show, live, from 1 to 2 p.m. on WRFR-LP, 93.3 FM. The students’ program includes songs, interviews, skits, poetry readings and more.

In class, students read the book “Radio Fifth Grade” by Gordon Korman, a tale about fifth graders running a local radio show. The book explains the often amusing problems and issues that can happen when running a radio show. The final project of this book study was for students to create a full show, which includes a playlist; sponsors and their ads; and a show title, ‘The Schoolastic Hour.’

To prepare for the show, Jo Lindsey, manager of WRFR, came to the school and explained to the students all the pieces and parts of making a radio hour. Then students visited the radio station, located on Gay Street, to see where they would be working and create a demo tape so they could hear how their voices come across. The students found this field trip very exciting to the kids and they felt the station resembled what the book had described. Lindsey will join the students at the school to perform a run-through before the live show.

“We are very proud of our students, and hope the community tunes in to the first ever RDMS radio show, ‘The Schoolastic Hour,’” said Principal Kathy Hollicker.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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