In 1997, Lorain County Community College’s radio production advisor, Professor Dee Gross, set out to bring news broadcasting to college radio. “We are so lucky to have a college that supports radio broadcasting and sees the value of a radio career,” said Gross.
Soon the station became The Duck to bring a communal tie to the school’s commodore mascot.
In the early days, the station was being run out of an old broom closet in the College Center, where students could write out their requests, slide it under the door, and hear their requests on air while they ate.
From Duck to Boom
The Duck transitioned from their day time on-air programs to a 24/7 online radio station in April of 2004 to make way for telecommunication classes TCMN 162 and 163. The Duck joined the telecommunication curriculum with their Introduction to Radio Production and Radio Workshop classes where students learned about radio history and got hands on experiences with sound boards, editing software, and remote set-ups that gave students complete control over their college radio experience.
In 2010, the College Center got remodeled and included a new three room office space for radio production. By 2017, The Duck flew away into the ever-growing air waves of radio. With votes cast on names such as The Edge, The Phoenix, and The Jukebox, workers and students of the station made way for The Boom.
“I like it because The Boom is a more edgy college feel,” said Matt Melvin, full time worker for the station. Melvin adds,” “We are trying to evolve as a station and I don’t think we could have done that as The Duck.”
Introduction to radio production student, Jacob Lutz, currently hosts a psychedelic and progressive rock hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays. “I’m hoping to get some up and coming artists [on air],” said Lutz. At the end of each hour he spotlights local bands of the Cleveland area and gives shout outs to bands who have albums releasing soon. He hopes to lead the way in music news here with LCCC radio.
Gross is currently working on bringing news oriented broadcasting back to The Boom. “I want all news. Not just college news but local news, nation news, sports news, and international news.” Says Gross. In her Introduction to Radio Production class, she teaches how to find non-dated news, also known as soft-news, and rewrite a script that will come across clearly and effectively to listeners. New weekly news minutes are in rotation on The Boom every week.
Gross has made efforts to expand radio broadcasting by partnering with Maria McConnell’s principal of marketing classes with goals were to figure how best to advertise The Boom. Gross is anticipating collaborations with Professor Tammy Bosley in her many communication classes. Bosley says, “I think a collaboration would be great in the context of podcasts. Students who want to specialize in mass communication definitely need to be connected to Boom Radio.”
Meanwhile, The Boom is often broadcasted in the CC building and provides their services to campus events such as welcome week, commencement, harvest festival, and thanksgiving. On Wednesday October 31, The Boom brought their radio voices front and center to help host the first annual Halloween Boomtacular. Students had the opportunity to see what goes on around the campus by getting signatures from each booth they visited. After taking their tour, students were entered to win prizes that included candy and gift cards.
Radio voice, The Godfather, came out to read fortunes as The Great Frank-dene. After being told about the future, students could make a mask with Professor Zedd. Nobody left the event empty handed as candy was found around every corner. Introduction to radio production student, Dylan Andres was host to a metal genre hour. During his time he hosted a doughnut eating completion where the first of four students able to eat three doughnuts in the shortest amount of time won a Starbucks gift card.
The Boogieman, Tim Bradley said that transitioning from on-air to out in the open makes interacting more face to face. “People put the faces with the voices. If you get easily annoyed you can turn off your radio but you can’t turn off a person,” said Bradley. He helps with most remote locations The Boom does with campus events