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03-18-2011

Clarkson University Senior Delivers Hands-on Radio Broadcasting Course to High School Students

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Clarkson University senior and college radio DJ Dan Mandle of Chelmsford, Mass., gave five students from the Potsdam Central High School (PCS) a first-hand look into the radio industry at Clarkson’s new broadcasting center.

Clarkson University senior Dan Mandle gave five students from Potsdam Central High School a first-hand look into the radio industry with a course about what goes on behind the scenes in radio broadcasting. Left to right: Monique Cornett, Tyler Clark, Mandle, Jeremy Boldt and Cotey Fefee.Mandle, who is majoring in communications and media, took time out of his busy schedule last semester to teach a course about what goes on behind the scenes of a radio broadcast.

A dedicated member of student-run radio station WTSC (91.1 FM) since his sophomore year, Mandle wanted the radio station to become more involved with the wider Potsdam community. He worked with PCS High School Principal Joann Chambers to develop a course that would provide a semester-long career exploration experience. 

The goal was for students to learn exactly how a radio station functions -- from developing competency with equipment and understanding how a station gets its music to creating an on-air presence.

 “I wanted to teach the students about the wide variety of skills that they needed to produce live radio shows,” says Mandle. “Each participant got to either create a new radio show or become a part of an existing program.”

For PCS senior Monique Cornett, the program was incredibly valuable. “Being on the radio enables you to share your favorite music with whoever is listening. Being 'on air' gives people a chance to be themselves and not hold back,” says Cornett. “This course showed me the parts of radio that I did, or didn't, like and helped me narrow down my current ideas for careers.”

Upon completion last summer of Clarkson’s new Student Center, the radio station moved from its previous location in the basement of a residence hall to the lower floor of the new building. Mandle says that the move was a huge improvement for WTSC, both because of the new equipment and a greater chance for campus exposure.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University senior Dan Mandle gave five students from Potsdam Central High School a first-hand look into the radio industry with a course about what goes on behind the scenes in radio broadcasting. Left to right: Monique Cornett, Tyler Clark, Mandle, Jeremy Boldt and Cotey Fefee.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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