York College last Friday formally introduced its new internet radio studio — once just a room with a microphone, a chair and some computers but now a place with the feel of an actual radio studio..
Anthony Andrews, York’s assistant director of student activities, hailed the achievement and the progression of the radio facilities.
“It’s beautiful,” said Andrews, when discussing the changed look of the studio. “It’s fantastic. It’s a work of art.”
Jean Bruno, a former student who worked at the station and now is its director of marketing and communications and who is someone who remembers how the studio once was, praised the changes.
“It was just, basically, a desk, with a computer, with microphones,” said Bruno. “Now, we have a lot of equipment. We have soundboards. We actually have a sound system that helps us produce our shows. We have more computers. We’re in a good stage right now.” YC Radio Lead Operator Bryan Graves agreed.
“It’s kinda updated to a degree where students can actually learn not only the front end of radio, which is hosting a show or doing a show live on the internet, they can also learn how to engineer shows or maybe even do commercials, how to record commercials, how to edit commercials,” said Graves. “I can teach them how to do that with the equipment that we have now.”
The renovated radio studio also features soundproofing, which Graves said is vital to production.
“This soundproofing is actually crucial when it comes to using a microphone because what it does is that it keeps the sound close to the microphone and it doesn’t make a person sound like they’re in a cave or in a tunnel or in a basement somewhere,” Graves said. “So acoustics is very necessary for any recording entity or a recording enterprise.”
The project that led to the station’s renovation was funded in part by the donations of former York College student and YC Radio Host Ray Warren, a man who is currently the executive vice president and chief revenue officer at NBC Sports Regional Networks.
Warren, one of the founders of the old WYCR radio station in the early 1970s, was concerned about the station’s struggle to adapt to the modern age.
These concerns were also the focus of Andrews more than 15 years ago. Andrews was inspired to modernize the station by attending an internet broadcasting conference. He also discussed the plan to modernize the radio station to adapt to the internet age.
Andrews enlisted student development and college administrators, among others, to help get internet radio off the ground. YCRadio.org officially launched an online radio station a few years ago, but utilized basic facilities.
The school’s journalism program also was supportive because of the need to help give students who are majoring in broadcast journalism a place to develop their skills for use in the real world.