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6A The Mountain Messenger, Thursda', November 1990 Annette Pfizer Stephanie Kertesz On The Air In Monroe Free Sewing Set Monroe County's first and orlly radio station is filling needs throughout the region--not only for the students who help staff it, but for the communities in which they live. WttFI, FM 106.7, became a reality for the county April 24. when the station first went on the air at tile Monroe County Vocational-Technical Center be- tween Lindside and Rock Camp. It is West Virginia's only current vocational school-based radio station and culminates ten years of waiting lot approval from the Federal Conununlcations Com- nllssiol3, "It's good for people to know that if they want something an- nounced, we're here to do it for them," student Loretta lJyers of Rock Camp said. "This Is tun work. It helps us get closer to the people we're working with-- and those we might possibly be working with in the future." The 2,500-watt station is stalled by students at the school, who come from Union and Peter- stown high schools and are en- rolled ill radio classes taught by area radio announcer Dixie West false known as "Chic Donovan"). "People really love this sta- tion," Ms West said. ~They are fascinated by our kids on the air. They say it's different from any- thing they've heard before." Approxhnately 24 sopho- mores, juniors, and seniors re- tale on 90-minute weekly shifts on the air. Other work is done in production, news gathering, and making pre-recorded reports. The station broadcasts only dur- Ing the sch~l year, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, WHFI's music format ts pri- marily countly, but frequent se- lections from the "top forty" and "top-forty oldies" are regularly included, with occasional classi- cal and bluegrass pieces, too. Many of the cassettes used are from private donations. The sta- tion is also acquiring a growing number of compact discs. The station is non-commer- cial, accepting no paid advertise- ments. I~cal businesses and In- dividuals underwrite many of the expenses and receive brief ac- knowledgements on the air. Oilier funds come from the state I)epartment of Education. Just for coming to our Premier Showing Sale No purchase necessary. Adults only limit 1 per Family Please All Lamps Most programming is geared strictly to the local Monroe County population. Announce- meats are made for birthdays, anniversaries, club and church AY#J L.6J~ L [ IN meetings, ~senior citizen menus, school lunch menus, agrlcul- LUXURIOUS VELVETS tural market prices, hunting and ~~ fishing updates, and weather re- ~~- " "~" ~f~'f~ ports. Sport~ and local news are * l~~ also intrluded. ,~ ~' ..~ ; Robin Sims, a student from Pe/erslown, said, "This kind of experience"" helps you learn to speak in public. It makes tt eas- ier for you if you ever have to talk to a group or to someone important." "It's neat talking to everybody this way," Stephanie Kertesz of Peterstown said. "it's freaky, be- cause you're talking to hundreds of people, but you feel as if COMB~TABLE -WAY RECUN~ you're talking to only a few." "People tell us we're helping to keep them up to date on what's happening, and that's Impor- tant," Annette Pitzer of Wikel said. "It's g(~)d experience for us," Angela Pack of Ballard said. "and it's a lot of frill." 2 Way Recliner with FREE Heater Vibrator your choice Blue or Brown 13" $ Color Remote HOOVER@ LegacyTM Upright Vacuum Cleaning System Total System PerlormanceTM 750 ,, Top tool connec~n Tools s~,re in mE~:i~,ud cu~dy IrcJuOes deluxe 5 p~eC~ ~ocd sot .. ~.amed cage ~ on ' bOIt~ s~dos I . Sto+r cleaning tm~'~e 31+ ot~'d wt~'l o~(,~, release Model U4557-9 t 0 Reg. 244.95 Sale $1 Powerful 5.0 Amp Motor/ , Lightweight * Brushed edge cluaning both sides Top-fill eusy change bag I HOOVER EliteTM 200 Upright Cleaner Ms Wesl is a ten-year veteran of the radio and said teaching her skills at the Monroe County school is rewarding. "I have some special education students in the program, too," she said. "It's alarming how quickly their reading skills have improved. I gel them Io practice on the cas- sette recorder and hear them- selves--they improve noticeably thai way. This program also helped students' self-esteenl more than anything else--I feel lhat's one of the greatest things it dc~s. The station receives technical assistance from two local engi- neers and from WReN and WKCJ radio stations tn Green- brier County. JOHN W COMPANY New Holiday Hours - Open Sunday 12:30 to 6:00 Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am to 9:00 prn