Red River College’s radio students are reaching out to the world — via the Internet, that is.
With the demise in July of 92.9 Kick FM, students in the Creative Communications program, as well as members of the public, lost the medium by which they learned the ins and outs of running a radio station and producing content.
This led the Creative Communications program, known as CreComm, to put their radio station online and rename it Red River Radio.
“Basically the idea is we want to offer our students the chance to have everything they had at Kick FM,” said Dan Vadeboncoeur, a 2009 CreComm graduate, CBC news editor/presenter and now a radio instructor for the program.
“We’ve gone from over the airwaves to the biggest medium in the world … We’re going to use it to showcase our students’ work.”
Vadeboncoeur said the 24-hour online radio station has a format similar to that of Kick FM and will continue to provide an outlet for local indie rock and folk bands to have their music heard.
Students are also in the process of pitching show ideas, which will be evaluated by the instructors and then, if approved, hit the Internet.
Vadeboncoeur said the radio station will also be providing live hits by students covering the upcoming Fort Whyte byelection on Sept. 4.
The Red River Radio station can be accessed online by visiting radio.rrc.ca and clicking on “Listen to our Live Stream” at the top of the page.