Field students are known for their daring, talent, and courage to stretch themselves in new ways. The birth of Field News Radio is one example of students with a big idea who made it into reality and didn't stop there. If you haven't tuned into the broadcast yet for a live sports commentary, today is the day—and you are in for a treat!
Field News Radio was established this year when freshman Adam Bressler mapped out a plan to bring his journalism class's work to the airwaves. He was drawn to the medium for its immediacy and soon presented a proposal to create a live sports radio broadcast to journalism teachers Eva and Kent, who said he "thought through every detail of the whole program." They let him run with the idea, and students freshman Sawyer Steinmiller, sophomore James Barringer, and junior Lila Bromberg (who also produces the shows) soon jumped on board and got to work.
Extensive research and preparation go into each episode: the
students plan which games to cover, work with athletic directors, coaches, and players to arrange interviews, they write scripts for pre- and post-game shows, review statistics, and do their own marketing. They're a well-researched bunch who've honed their craft expertly. Just to keep himself on his toes, Adam will mute a game on TV and record himself commenting on it, then listen back to make improvements or note where he could be clearer about the action. "Anything that we leave out," he says, "[fans] don't know it happened." James has a similar strategy, saying, "I've always thought, if I close my eyes and I was listening to the feed, what would I be seeing? What am I imagining going on?"
During the show, the Field News Radio journalists comment on the games as they happen, provide color commentary, and answer comments and questions from listeners via Twitter (@FieldNews, use hashtag #FalconRadio). They even throw in some music clips from the Field community. The end goal, says Lila, is to "generate excitement." And it seems they have done just that. Their pilot episode got 15 listeners with no promotion, and they've grown rapidly from there, with nearly 100 listeners in recent broadcasts.
You can join the excitement by tuning in at www.Mixlr.com/Field-News-Radio/
—and be sure to tweet at Field's anchormen and anchorwomen @FieldNews with comments, questions, your vote for MVP, and, of course, use the hashtag #FalconRadio.
Special thanks to Lila Bromberg for the great photo!