Seventy high school radio stations from 29 states celebrated the 4th Annual High School Radio Day () April 22nd in numerous ways to draw attention to what high school radio broadcasters do and how they do it in hopes of bringing awareness to their programs.
WBFH Station Manager Pete Bowers is the founder of High School Radio Day (HSRD) and WBFH is the flagship station for this national event. Other Michigan high schools participating include:
WSDP, Plymouth/Canton; WLHS, Lowell; WAHS, Auburn Hills (new this year); WOES, Ovid-Elsie (new this year).
All the stations who participated this year are listed on the HSRD website, “Participating School”.
Station activities on that day included remote broadcasts from locations in their schools; drawings for giveaways; interviews on the air with former students; phone calls with other students and advisors from other stations around the country; guest speakers who work in commercial radio; and passing out station promotional items. Photos of these activities can be found on the HSRD Twitter: @HSRadioDay and on the HSRD Facebook page.
Some stations were covered in reports by local TV stations and articles in newspapers. Articles were posted on All Access, Radio Ink, Radio Survivor, Chicagoland Radio and Media and Jacobs Media.
At WBFH, we played music in the cafeteria at lunch and had drawings for free Dairy Queen cones and blizzards (even though it was snowing outside!). Guest speaker was Blaine Fowler, of Blaine and Allyson in the Morning, the morning show on 96.3 WDVD in Detroit…and his producer Matt Laurinec. Also stopping by to talk sports on the air with students was Scott “The Gator” Anderson, co-host of the Karsch & Anderson Show, middays on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. We gave out candy to anyone who had the Biff Radio app on their phone and we passed out Biff swag (T-shirts, water bottles, clocks, pens, stickers, magnets and mousepads). Our station mascot, The Biffalo, gave out free hugs. We did a dual-broadcast with students from two high schools where their students went over the air on our station and our students went over the air on their station at the same time: WKHS, Kent County High School, in Worton, MD and WELV-LP, Elllenville Central School District, Ellenville, NY. We had a special HSRD poster made up for the event as well as nine promos recorded for airing on the station. The poster and promos can be found on the HSRD website on the page “Promote HSRD”.
Pete Bowers was interviewed on jacobsmediablog.com which was posted on 4/24/15.
HSRD Unites High School Radio Stations Nationwide
High school radio stations in the United States will come together for one day of celebration April 22nd when the 4th Annual High School Radio Day is scheduled after a successful event last year. Since there are so few high schools with radio stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day (HSRD) will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting over the air and newer ones streaming online.
A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 22nd: . Schools can register their stations on that site. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming; notable high school radio grads; links to other high school stations nationwide; and a resource page with information pertinent to high school broadcasters.
High School Radio Day was created after College Radio Day launched in 2011. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day Founder Pete Bowers (Station Manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, MI) scheduled the first HSRD in May 2012.
Bowers estimates that there are only about 200 high schools in the nation with either a terrestrial over-the-air non-commercial, educational radio station or an internet-only or online radio station. “The number of terrestrial stations is dropping but the number of online stations is increasing with some of those applying for LPFM construction permits,” said Bowers. “That’s why we need to unite on High School Radio Day and make the public aware of what we do, how we do it, and the service we provide our communities,” he said.
Bowers is thrilled that High School Radio Day has become an annual event. Participating high school stations are listed on . Last year, 62 schools from 25 states registered for the event, up from 31 schools from 16 states the first year. Students and advisors at those stations reached out to potential listeners in their broadcast area and online encouraging them to listen and be prepared to hear creative programming not heard on commercial stations.
Follow HSRD on Twitter (@HSRadioDay) and Facebook (search High School Radio Day). Download the High School Radio app from Google Play. For more information about HSRD, contact Bowers at or call (248) 341-5695.