DARIEN, IL – Hinsdale Central High School broadcasts on the School District Radio Station, but Hinsdale South does not have access to it.
Some people wonder why this is the case. This is in light of the efforts of a group of students from the South to raise funds to modernize the school’s old studio.
In an email to supporters of the radio station last week, District 86 Superintendent Tammy Prentiss said the district-wide radio club was located in Hinsdale Central, but was open. to all students in the district.
âWe implemented this practice in 2019 based on the low levels of participation in the South and the cost of repairing or replacing school equipment,â Prentiss said in an email.
Low interest is often the reason for the lack of offers in the South. Two decades ago, the two schools had similar enrollments, but Central’s numbers now double that of South.
One way to equalize enrollment is to change the attendance limit between the two schools. But such an approach is fraught with political risks. This is because residents of the central area fear that the value of their property will plunge if they move south. Hinsdale, where Central is located, is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
In her email, Prentiss said the new Southern group, the Recording and Broadcasting Club, was being treated like other student organizations. New clubs fund themselves, she said.
The broadcast club published on GoFundMe website to raise funds and received a recall club grant, rather than relying on traditional fundraising methods such as selling candy and popcorn, Prentiss said.
The group, she noted, goes beyond radio to include creating podcasts and learning about audio production and engineering.
The center and the south have long shared the WHSD radio station, with each school broadcasting at different times. He is licensed by the FCC.
In a response to Prentiss, Matt McCann, director of South Station in the late 1970s who pursued a career in broadcasting, said the district was missing an opportunity with the South studio.
âCreating podcasts, learning about audio production and engineering, giving musicians access to a recording studio, etc. is not beyond a traditional radio station – it’s part traditional radio, âMcCann said in an email. âIf WHSD were used and operated properly, there would be more interest and participation from students. It requires leadership for the radio station and the desire to function as a radio station like so many other radio stations in the world. high school and middle school are operated. ”
He said the district had no reason to deny southern students access to WHSD.
âThroughout the ’70s and’ 80s, both campuses had studios and broadcast live. With the technology, some shows can be recorded and scheduled for broadcast later, âsaid McCann, now an insurance executive. âThe WHSD is underutilized. ”
The GoFundMe page raised $ 4,645. The group said the money would be used to “build their podcasting studio.”