Students will now have the chance to hone their broadcasting skills using the school’s very own radio station and frequency.
Middlesex Community College has been granted a permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a radio station for students. This is a major accomplishment because back in 2000, MxCC applied for a permit and was denied.
“I think that it is going to be a great opportunity for students at Middlesex and Portland High School to have a voice. A voice in their community, a voice in their location, a political voice, a journalistic voice, a musical voice, I think it will be a great experience for anyone involved,” said Professor Rich Lenoce, director of the Center for New Media at MxCC.
The station’s antenna will be located in Portland, and it will be fairly high up so the station will be able to reach Middletown, Portland, Meriden, the center of Durham, most of Glastonbury, Moodus, and the south side of Haddam.
Having a station is major advantage for students who are broadcasting majors because they have a chance to build experience and create new skills within their career field. Lenoce said that radio production class, broadcast journalism class, and the journalism class will be able to work with the radio station and have it be a part of their curriculum. “Journalism isn’t a newspaper, it’s a range of media. We should be looking in incorporating those types of things and having it as a part of their class,” Leonce said.
Students who may want to be a part of the station, but don’t think their major incorporates radio, still may have the opportunity to participate. “You can form a radio club, so you don’t have to be a major but you can participate in the station by being a member of the club,” Lenoce said.
With the tower being in Portland, MxCC students will be teaming up with Portland High School students. The high school already has a radio station and TV courses. “Portland High School has a club that’s actually very active, that’s what made me think of this partnership,” Lenoce said.
As for the timeline of when this will all happen, the FCC gave MxCC 18 months to build a radio tower and transmitter and then proceed to broadcasting.