On Air

An inside look at NDMU’s Radio Station

By Alexis Stevenson

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This year, the university’s Communication Arts Department brought radio back with online programming, allowing the rest of the community to tune in to a plethora of shows.

Currently, the station is run by undergraduate students across all majors from the radio station housed in the fourth floor of Gibbons. The Notre Dame community can access the running shows on TuneIn app, downloadable on both Apple and Android devices, Backbone Radio, and iTunes. Live and pre-recorded programs are available for streaming 24/7.

The shows range from a variety of topics from music to history. For instance, Don’ She Cloude, a sophomore digital media arts major, hosts a music show called “The Shae List.” Faculty members are also able to participate; Dr. Paul Weldon, chair of the Biology Department, runs a history show titled “The British Invasion, Phase 2.”

Another popular show was created by Robyn Githui, a senior political science major, and Sarah Coleman, a senior psychology major. Their show is called “You Know What, I’ll Say It.” It focuses on topics that affect many college students’ lives, including sex, sexuality, and race. “It’s basically everything we talk about normally,” says Githui. Coleman continued, stating that they also “talk about some really important topics in a casual way that’s crucial at our age.” “Plus, we think we’re funny and entertaining, and we kind of are,” jokes Githui.

Molly Wolanski, a senior history major and the radio station manager, also has a show of her own, in addition to her managerial duties. Her show is called “That’s What She Said,” and it delves into women’s history and its significant female leaders. Wolanski’s historical focus is on museum studies, so she’s made the effort to “connect important women to broader themes in history like primary sources and the importance of local museums.” “I wanted to start a show that speaks about women’s history from the perspective of a college student,” she says, “and makes history interesting for people who might not enjoy it typically.”

While radio has always been an influential platform to receive information from, students are particularly enticed about the communication skills they can gain by participating in college radio. These skills are not only beneficial in day to day communication, but also in finding internships or jobs in the future.

“Many people in communications started with college radio,” explains Dr. Pamela O’Brien, the chairperson of the Communications Arts Department and faculty advisor to NDMU Radio. “It’s really good for the students to see what they’re learning in class in a different setting.”

If you’re interested in starting your own show or want to request to DJ, contact NDMU Radio at ndmuradio@gmail.com. To follow their updates, check out their Facebook page at NDM Student Media and Instagram at ndmuradio.

Photo by courtesy of NDMU

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