Last Modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:52 PM
McNeese State University’s community-run radio station is officially on the air. It is being operated with help from university employees and some students, but the station will need more help from local volunteers along the way.
KBYS-FM (88.3) had a “soft launch” in mid-May, according to Candace Townsend, McNeese’s public information and communications director. Lake area residents who remember the old One Hour Martinizing building on Ryan Street across the street from campus may have noticed it being renovated over the last several months. That’s where the station airs its broadcasts.
The KBYS website states that listeners can hear a mix of music that ranges from the late 1950s, 1960s “and beyond,” including some songs not heard on traditional radio stations.
The station doesn’t just play music. Programs like the “faculty spotlight” let listeners get to know McNeese faculty better. A syndicated program that airs twice a week provides tips on gardening and “all things green.”
An upcoming program includes “Imagination Theater,” a one-hour program dedicated to airing live drama productions that range from mystery to adventure. There is also “Pet World Insider,” a two-hour program where pet experts provide advice and tips on owning dogs, cats, birds and reptiles.
The station will feature short programs, including a two-minute piece on science-related topics and “McNeese Moments,” a three-minute segment that explains the 75-year history of the university.
There are also plans for the station to air regular newscasts each day. A complete list of programming can be found on the station’s website, www.kbys.fm/programs.
The station’s broadcast signal has the potential to reach more than 200,000 listeners, a pretty impressive number for a startup radio station. That reach will benefit from donations by residents and businesses and help from local volunteers.
Townsend said that work on the inside of the building is still ongoing. Once that’s done, they will need help in the reception area during daytime hours. Also, volunteers will be needed to organize news and information for the news and community calendar.
The station will eventually have coordinators for programming and news, along with a station manager. But they will need volunteers for some of the live and taped shows.
With help from the community, the station can maintain its vision of being, as Townsend explained, a true “community radio station with a McNeese focus.”
Posted By: Sherry Miller On: 6/25/2014
I accidentally turned the radio on to your station one morning last month and I listen to it often. Just love it!!! It brings back so many good memories of school days and growing up days. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!