FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Fourteen students from Hopi High School media visited KAFF/KMGN radio and Northern Arizona University's Communication Department on March 31 as they learned about radio, television, print journalism and photography.
Kurt Zimmerman, promotions manager for KAFF/KMGN, gave the radio and journalism students the tour of the radio stations. He showed the students the computerized radio equipment, the radio boards and how everything is synchronized with the computers. He also told the students that while a lot of jobs have been replaced that there are still jobs available for on-air work, live remotes, promotions and sales.
Tracey Jaymes, an on-air personality for KMGN, had the students perform "liners." The students were broken up into two groups. The first group urged people to listen to KMGN.
The second group, that included Donna Brooks, topped it off with an energetic wuu-who and requested a song. The students liners were played the next day between 5 and 6 p.m. so the students could hear it after school.
Dale Hoskins, head of the broadcasting programs at NAU, coordinated a tour for the students. Stan Hall, head of KJAC radio at NAU, showed the students their studio and talked to them about the opportunities for students at NAU.
The Hopi High students had a chance to watch NAU TV students prepare for their 6 p.m. broadcast. They had a chance to sit in on a class with photography teacher Sam Minkler. They also spoke with student journalists from the NAU Lumberjack school newspaper.
Lacey Tewanema, a journalism student at Hopi High, said she learned that computers are a big part of radio. While she hasn't taken a class in radio yet, she is interested in majoring in radio in college. She said the highlight of the day was meeting radio personality Tracey Jaymes.
She said the trip would have been improved if they were not on a time schedule.
Anthony Antone, a student in the advanced radio class at Hopi High, said he learned about radio production and the ways of a college student.
"I loved the KAFF country part the best," he said.
He added that he is considering majoring in radio.
Antone said the trip would have been improved if they could have stayed longer.
Maureen "Mo" Lomakema, a radio student at Hopi High, said the best part of the trip was seeing the KJAC radio room, where the students received a brief lesson on radio editing. She also enjoyed eating at Peter Piper Pizza.
Lomakema, who is also considering majoring in radio in college, said the trip would have been better if they had more time for each of the group sessions.
"The most interesting person I met on the trip was Kurt Zimmerman from our tour at KAFF/KMGN," she said.
The Hopi High Teen Show is performed on Tuesdays on KUYI, the Hopi community radio station at 88.1 FM. The Hopi High Teen Show is the only live remote Native American Teen Talk Show in the nation.
Hopi High media has won more than 60 awards from the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association during the past three years.
Four of the Hopi High media students will attend the Journalism Education Association Conference in Anaheim, Calif, April 14-17.
To be a guest on the Hopi High Teen Show, call (928) 738-5111, extension 241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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