Asnuntuck students produce radio series

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Jun. 29, 2011
ACC students (l-r) Andrew Thompson, Mike Oney, David Clark, Jr., Jonathan Magnani and Dan Markwell (not pictured) produced 'Sports Report,' a series featuring local high school athletes and their coaches. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

For those who cannot get enough of high school sports, turn on your radio this summer. Students in Wendy Nelson’s advanced audio production class at Asnuntuck Community College produced 5-minute-long packages under the title “Sports Report” that feature high school athletes and their coaches.

Nelson, an assistant professor of communications and the Communications Program coordinator, said a goal of the class is taking students beyond learning software and getting them to think like producers, which will benefit them once they leave the classroom.

“We’re always going to have a need for content, and if they can’t produce it, all the technical information in the world won’t help them,” Nelson said.

Exploring the question of “How do you create programming?” Nelson said the class experience could help students create their own jobs, or contribute more in a workplace setting, if they go the traditional route.

The class spent the first part of the semester analyzing programming, asking, “Why did the producer do that?” and “How does it affect the audience?” For their final assignment, Nelson gave a broad description to tie in high schools and maybe use athletes. The students had to figure out the details, which included creating a consistent tone.

Five athletes from five different schools were chosen to be interviewed for “Sports Report.” ACC student Mike Oney said the group looked for high school athletes who also excelled off the court or field.

“We wanted someone well-rounded - not only a great athlete but a positive student role model who had ties to the community,” he said.

Oney, who interviewed East Granby High tennis player Dani Davis, learned that how you approach the interview is key, especially when a microphone is involved.

“It is essential to make the subject comfortable,” he said. “That way you can get to know them and get good quotes or sound bites.”

And with all final projects, there are demanding elements. For Andrew Thompson, the editing was the most strenuous.

“We had to go through three or four layers, each about an hour or two,” he said. Thompson produced a piece on East Windsor High softball player Kayla Hersom.

“Sports Report” airs throughout the day on Asnuntuck’s radio station WACC, 107.7 FM. The series will run through August.

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