Ohio High School To Shut Down Radio Station
May 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM (PT)
An OHIO high school plans to shut its radio station down at the end of MAY after over 35 years on the air, reports the HAMILTON JOURNAL-NEWS.
HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL will close WHSS/HAMILTON, OH on MAY 28th, the end of the school's broadcasting arts program at the Job Development Center. "We know from MARCH of last year that we were discontinuing the broadcasting arts program, but no specific decision had been made on the radio station at that time," said station manager and teacher DAVID SPURRIER. "That decision was just finalized in the last month or so."
SPURRIER told the JOURNAL-NEWS that the station is succumbing to a lack of interest by students and a lack of available jobs in broadcasting. "It's been a while since I've been able to place a kid even part-time in a radio station," said SPURRIER. "There may be only one or two job openings in the whole county in a year when there's high turnover. Having a career education program for broadcasting just doesn't make sense anymore."
A decision on whether to sell the license or turn it in to the FCC has yet to be made.