Over the summer, Fairleigh Dickinson’s radio station made its move from a tiny room tucked in the corner of the Stadler, Zenner, Hoffmann-LaRoche academic building (known to students as the NAB) to a more prominent place on the first floor of the Student Center.
However, it took many years for the station to get to where it is today.
John “Jay” Campbell was hired in the fall of 2009 to teach two courses, Introduction to Radio Broadcasting and Radio Management, as well as to advise the slowly dwindling Radio Club.
To help create more interest, Campbell has organized his classes like a radio station, delegating students to a number of positions.
General manager, program director, promotion department, news, sports and entertainment are just a few of the most popular, followed by engineering and sales positions.
The class interacts with the club so that “everyone is a winner,” Campbell said.
According to sophomore Bledar Amerigo Petrela, general manager of the Introduction to Radio Broadcasting class and liaison to the Radio Club, the radio station “was in shambles, but ever since Professor Campbell got the position, it has come a long way from the ‘closet’ in the NAB.”
There is proof in the numbers.
The first Radio Club meeting was held on Sept. 14 and had a great turnout of about 30 to 40 people.
The second meeting the following Wednesday turned out even more unfamiliar faces.
This is a huge step even just compared to last year when there were maybe five or six members.
Students seem to really be getting excited about having their own shows stream live around the internet-run station.
The station can be heard anywhere by logging on to www.fduradio.org, which streams worldwide.
“Radio is a great medium of expression. It both informs and entertains,” Campbell said. “Our station can be heard worldwide so there are no boundaries.
“If you have an iPhone or iPad you can download the college radio app and listen just like any other radio.”
As of right now, however, only a handful of listeners tune in to FDU’s radio station at any given time.
But Petrela is hopeful about the station’s future.
“Definitely would like to see more organized shows, more confident shows that students actually listen to,” Petrela said. “Hopefully within a few years, through advertising and sales, we can become more mainstream as opposed to a subculture within the university.”
With the help of sophomore Aly Birch, president of the Radio Club, and senior Sean McCarthy, the Club’s secretary, the radio station is gradually increasing its popularity on campus.
They even helped develop a new name for the station.
Previously, there was no specific name that it went by. Anyone who knew about it simply referred to it as “FDU’s radio station” or just “the radio station.”
Now it has been changed to FDU Hell Radio, in keeping with the school’s devil mascot, and further proving its growing status on campus.
Birch and McCarthy, along with many others in the Radio Club, have been working hard to make the station a success.
Although many are keeping mum on upcoming plans and events, students should keep their ears open; FDU Hell Radio is taking over the airwaves.
For anyone interested, Radio Club meets every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in the Florham Room, located in the Student Center.