New radio program showcases student talent

New radio program showcases student talent

New radio program showcases student talent
February 05
00:11 2015

Samantha McDonald / Senior Staff Writer

Talk show hopefuls now have an outlet for their talents.

As the newest addition to the journalism department’s media mix, the NT Daily Radio was founded in fall 2014 as a cooperative effort among student members, said broadcast news lecturer David Tracy, who is in charge of the station. The purpose was to create another channel where students can engage with the media.

“They do print, they do web, they do TV,” Tracy said. “We thought it would be good to be able to do something with a radio station that’s geared for journalists.”

Joining the show requires a student to take a journalism class regardless of his or her major. Although the NT Daily Radio is not affiliated with a particular class, broadcast news lecturer Michelle Redmond said a plan to crossover with the radio station might happen soon.

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Broadcast journalism sophomore Matthew Behrndt, top, and broadcast journalism senior Jared Macduff discuss various sports topics. The two are a part of a trio that hosts a show about money movement in sports.

“My students are more than welcome to create some radio programming of their own, which is certainly something I’m going to encourage,” Redmond said. “It would be great if there’s time to be able to train them to do at least one of their longer interviews through the radio station, but they’re not set up that way just yet.”

Testing the frequencies

On posters scattered around the General Academic Building last semester, students were asked to pitch ideas and Tracy selected the best ones for individual programs.

The NT Daily Radio is now home to seven different talk shows including “Sports Scene,” which focuses on college and high school sports; “Eagle Issues,” a discussion on politics and current events; and “Top 20 Trending,” a show that tackles the trending topics in social media. Ten students of various majors are currently hosting a show for the station, Tracy said.

Broadcast junior Alcynna Lloyd decided to pitch her idea, “The Eyes of Denton,” a collection of feature stories about Denton residents. She now co-hosts the show with Faye Darku, who also works alongside Lloyd in “Global Connections,” a show detailing international cultures.

“When we proposed the idea, it was all about finding people,” Lloyd said. “UNT is a world school; there’s lots of diverse people here. I wanted to see their opinions and things that they’ve gone through so people know they’re not alone.”

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Broadcast journalism junior Stephen Elliott sits in the radio studio with two other hosts of Business of Sports. The show airs at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Because NT Daily Radio is streamed via Internet and not a radio station, it is not controlled by the Federal Communications Commission. Lloyd said she likes it this way because students don’t feel coerced or that there’s a hidden agenda.

“We’re allowed to regulate our show,” she said. “I also like that nobody is standing directly above us and telling us what to do or what stories we can cover.”

Students who volunteer to work as hosts for the station are not given extra credit for their participation. Instead, the reward lies in the learning, Lloyd said.

“It’s out of fun and for experience,” Lloyd said. “Since we’re all about news and communication, it was about time that we had our own radio show.”

Another home radio station

Launching more than 45 years ago, KNTU 88.1-FM is the university’s on-campus radio station that operates 24/7 to give students real-world media industry experience. While the station is primarily recognized for its jazz music, the show also offers sports coverage and two-minute newscasts, among other programming.

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The NT Daily radio station debuted on Monday at 7 a.m. The online channel supplies seven shows to its listeners. Pictured from left to right: broadcast journalism sophomore Matthew Behrndt, senior Jared Macduff and junior Stephen Elliott.

“[Listeners] can still remain informed,” KNTU news director Tovah Brown said. “It’s a little snippet, not a full broadcast as far as news is concerned, but they get enough to know what’s going on and stay current on national as well as local news.”

Even if NT Daily Radio decides to regularly play music, Brown said she isn’t concerned because of the niche KNTU has already established for its listeners.

“I don’t see it as competition,” she said. “I think there’s enough room for everyone, [and] we have a different platform that a faithful base listens to.”

Featured Image: Hosts of Business of Sports discuss UNT draft picks inside the studio in GAB 101C. From left to right: broadcast journalism senior Jared Macduff, junior Stephen Elliott and sophomore Matthew Behrndt. Photos by Edward Balusek – Visuals Editor

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  1. Noah King
    Noah King February 06, 02:00

    Excellent article, i did read it twice so sorry for that, i’ve passed it on to
    my mates, so with a bit of luck they’ll get pleasure from it as well.

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  2. Aria Miller
    Aria Miller February 06, 04:41

    Inside the top ten of the favorite articles, thankyou!

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  3. Zoe James
    Zoe James February 06, 04:46

    The communication between cultures 8th article is absolutely the most effective i’ve seen today.

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