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Posted on March 30, 2013 by Alynzia Fenske

"Gooood morning, Folks!  It is currently 7:51 in the am, and I'm sorry to say we will be having even MORE snow this week. More info to come, so stay tuned in to WSSR!"

Five students at Wildlands (myself included) have been practicing their best radio announcer voices.  Why?  Because... *dramatic show voice* Wildlands School now has its very own radio show!

For the past couple months I've been looking for a project that involves doing something completely new.  During one particular thinking session my mind wandered to the radio announcers that I listened to every morning on the way to school.  They seemed to have a lot of fun coming up with different topics to discuss and joking around with each other.  I shared this idea with some classmates, and we all agreed that this would be a fun, and definitely new, project to begin.

The five of us have been hard at work the past couple weeks working on writing segments, such as This Week in History, setting up equipment, and recording our first show.  It's been a lot of fun, but also really interesting.  None of us have ever had any experience with radio waves before, so we had to do some research beforehand.  In the end, we discovered a website called Spreaker that allows us to record and post radio shows online.

What have I learned so far?  Well, I've learned that it's really hard not to say "um" a lot when I'm thinking of what to say.  That's something I did quite a bit during our first recording session, and something I want to do less in the future.  We, as a group, would like to lengthen our show by adding in interviews with students about current projects.

If you're interested in listening to our broadcast, go to www.spreaker.com and search Wildlands.  We air a new show twice a month (every other Monday), and we'd love to hear your input!        

"This has been Aly with the Wildlands School Student Radio.  Thanks for listening!"

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