WCU ASSISTING CHEROKEE
Western Carolina University is working with young people in Cherokee to produce a new radio program featuring news from the Qualla Boundary.
Beginning March 4 and continuing each Saturday at 8:30 a.m., WWCU-FM (Power 90.5), the broadcast service of the university, will carry “Cherokee One Feather News,” a program produced by Cherokee Youth in Radio. The 30-minute programs will feature articles printed in the Cherokee One Feather newspaper and narrated by gifted Cherokee High School students participating in the radio program sponsored by the Cherokee Youth Center Boys & Girls Clubs.
The program will offer a unique opportunity for students who live on the boundary to become part of the world around them and to become more aware of current events, said Merritt Youngdeer Jr., radio program instructor at the youth center. Students who participate in the weekly newscasts also will be developing their reading and presentation skills while enhancing their self-esteem and gaining valuable practical experience, Youngdeer said.
Don Connelly, director of electronic media at Western, is coordinating the project with Youngdeer. “I am pleased that these high school students will be learning about the pressures and pleasures of working in broadcasting and that our listeners will get news from Cherokee they might otherwise miss,” Connelly said. “This innovative news program will enhance the university's already significant relationship with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.”
The students will produce the weekly programs at their studio in Cherokee and send each one as an MP3 file via the Internet to Western for broadcast on W WCU-FM to listeners from Cullowhee to west Asheville and to a global audience who can tune into the broadcasts at www.wwcufm.com .
Cherokee Youth in Radio is funded by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and through a grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
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