This week, the Saturday Six turns its spotlight on a program of KCS that not only provides a unique learning opportunity for students, but is also a tremendous asset for the Kingsport community.
WCSK Radio can be found at 90.3 on your FM dial (and also streaming online here), and serves as the radio voice of Kingsport City Schools. “Educational and eclectic,” listeners to WCSK will here a variety of music genres throughout the day in addition to the Dobyns-Bennett student voices from the D-B Radio Club each weekday afternoon. The opportunity for students to learn more about radio broadcasting also extends to the athletic fields, as WCSK also broadcasts D-B sporting events such as football and basketball. We talk about wanting to provide world-class opportunities for our students, and WCSK certainly fits the bill, giving kids a chance to develop skills most often not available until the college level.
Led by long-time radio veteran Jeff Hall, WCSK also provides the local community a unique information and entertainment source 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What will you hear when you tune in? Let’s look at six things you’ll hear when you stream online or turn your radio dial to 90.3 FM.
- A wide variety of music genres: Depending on the time of day, you’ll hear an eclectic mix of music, including pop, classical, jazz, and even some classic rock. It’s a perfect backdrop to the workday that never gets stale. And the best part?? WCSK is the exclusive home of KCS school concerts and programs. If a student group is performing across the district, chances are you’ll hear it broadcast on WCSK.
- The D-B Radio Club: As the school day winds down, a group of nearly 40 students takes over the airwaves to broadcast their favorite tunes, as well as learn the craft of radio broadcasting. Starting at 3 p.m. each weekday afternoon, the station becomes a lab of creative music and talk under the guidance of station manager Jeff Hall. It’s a great opportunity for our students to build confidence and develop public speaking skills, while also possibly finding a love for a future career choice.
- Insights from educational and community stakeholders: Each week, WCSK opens it’s microphones to have conversations with a wide variety of key individuals from our community. You’ll hear from people like the KCS Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie, members of local government, and other individuals that are working to make a positive difference in our community. You never know who might be the next interview subject, but odds are, it will be someone that is making a significant impact on Kingsport!
- Information, information, and more information: Want to know what is happening throughout KCS and the Kingsport community? You’ll find out by listening to WCSK! Whether is an upcoming local event or a way that you can be involved in our local happenings, WCSK will have you covered. Keeping you informed on all things Kingsport is a key priority for Jeff Hall and the entire student broadcasting team at WCSK.
- Educational Vignettes: We like to say WCSK is “Educational and Eclectic,” and you will certainly learn some interesting information as you listen throughout the day. Programs such as Pulse of the Planet, A Moment in Time, Science and the Sea, and Classics for Kids are aired throughout the day, providing a healthy dose of learning amid some great music. The quality of these offerings adds yet another layer of enjoyment to the WCSK listening experience.
- A weekend FULL of special entertainment: Did we mention that WCSK is fresh 24/7? Weekends are chock-full of interesting programming, from early in the morning to late at night. You’ll hear programs such as Music and the Spoken Word, Old Time Radio, Footlight Parade, Dick Robinson’s American Standards by the Sea, and Bluegrass Breakdown… a mix of programs that will keep you tuned-in all weekend long.
Give it a listen! At any point of the day or night, tune in to 90.3 WCSK, or listen online here. We think you’ll be glad you did!
Are you currently a WCSK listener? If so, what do you think about the station? Leave your comment below.