By: Josh Stafford
Montgazette Staff Writer
If you ever wondered how to change lives, be an inspiration, make someone laugh or share musical interests, Montgomery County Community College’s Montco Radio provides the forum to express yourself.
Almost any idea can be turned into its own show. Sofia Rojas, Montco Radio Club President, said, “Getting air time can be as easy as turning in a show proposal.”
Matt Porter, Senior Producer & Technical Services Manager for the Arts and Humanities Division, said, “[The radio’s] programming reflects the diversity of the participants, you never know what you are going to hear.”
Shows broadcast anything from sports, to music, to news,to a show for Bigfoot enthusiasts.
Unlike most radio stations, Montco Radio doesn’t use a radio tower. The broadcasts are sent out over the internet through its website, montcoradio.wix.com. The new Montco Radio app,developed by Dustin Markle, also carries the shows to most smartphones and tablets.
Porter was enthusiastic when explaining that students “have the opportunity to broadcast to anyone on the planet.”
The goal of the club is to help students learn on state-of-the-art, real-world equipment while learning about the radio industry and having fun at the same time.
Montco Radio is involved with the campus community. The station promotes college groups, events, other clubs and public service announcements along with its regularly scheduled shows.
This club is one of the oldest clubs at Montco. Its roots are traced back to a record spinning club that once broadcast from College Hall. Now, this club firmly resides on the first floor of the Advanced Technology Center next to the television studio.
Montco Radio club members meet every Monday between 12:20 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. in the ATC, Room 107. Stop by and let your broadcasting adventure begin.