“We want to incorporate more of the learning aspect to radio, help kids out with everyday problems in addition to giving them the music they wanna hear.” – Jake Galvez, URH Advisor
By Rachel Nishikawa, Arts & Community Writer
In college there can be so much information going around that we feel out of th
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e loop and always wondering how classmates or friends seem to know when events or concerts are going on. UH Hilo tries to keep the student body up to date with daily emails, but no all of us check the school email on a daily basis. Now we will have a new source of new updates on the radio! The UH Hilo Report is a new feature program created by UHH students for UHH students. Tune in to 67AM KPUA or 101.1 FM. You can also catch important updates recorded at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/report/
URH is a non-profit organization funded by the student body, so the goal is to provide as many services for the betterment of students by addressing current issues such as health & wellness programs, I.T. help and “Olelo” with Kemo. These programs are for our benefit for example, the I.T. program will take questions like, “my MacBook charge light isn’t turning green, how do I fix it?” and an experienced student technician will give you immediate feedback. Jake Galves, URH Advisor says, “we want to incorporate more of the learning aspect to radio, help kids out with everyday problems in addition to giving them the music they wanna hear.”
DJ’s are volunteering their time in exchange for the in-house training in radio broadcasting that UH Hilo can provide. “We can take someone who has never spoken on air or had any DJ experience and teach them everything they need to know.” Kyle Douglas, URH General Manager. Unfortunately, the state of Hawai’i is lacking Communication/news broadcasting training for students, so most people have to move to the mainland. URH is hoping to change that since there are many student voices here in Hawai’i that need to be heard. The FM station will start out with a 5-mile radius so even students with off-campus housing will have access to it without needing a Wifi connection. Whether you are on your way to school or need some background music while cooking in the kitchen, now just turn to 101.1 FM for some good vibes and news updates! We are all excited to watch the progression of this student-run station, so I encourage all students to be a part of it.