By Janice Christie
Sheet Harbour Radio hosted an Open House on April 28 at their online radio station headquarters, located at Gammon's Home Hardware. Visitors got to view the office and receive a tour of the equipment that the students use to broadcast Sheet Harbour radio around the clock.
The students who run the station want to provide entertainment that suits everyone, so they play all types of music. They record and present interviews with people whom they think are important to the listening community. They also send out programs created by other businesses and individuals from the area, such as the Coastal Café program produced by Tangier Lobster.
The station began airing broadcasting using the Internet on June 15, 2016. Because of problems with Internet access around Sheet Harbour, the students are planning to acquire an FM broadcast license so that they can reach people over the traditional radio “air waves.”
The station has been getting promotional help since November 2017 from Vickie Leslie-Crowell. She joined the team to work within the station’s NS Age Friendly Communities grant to expand its reach in the community.
The students who manage the day-to-day operation of the station get help from mentors Mark Krause, Managing Director, and Dr. Ed Empringham, Co-Managing Director. Students learn such things as commitment, responsibility, working with others in teams, proper radio etiquette, fiscal responsibility, technical expertise, and computer skills.
Photo Caption: From L are Roscoe Schofield, Brent Boutilier, Amber Crowell, Vicki
Leslie-Crowell, and Co-Managing Director Dr. Ed Empringham.
Photo credit: Janice Christie