Students from Columbia City High School were present at the State of the City address to broadcast the event over WJHS radio. Pictured is Hunter Clark (front), Matt Benedict and Michelle Creech, the radio classâ€™s teacher. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley
Editorâ€™s note: The following is a two-part series on the radio program at Columbia City High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Friday, members of the community gathered to hear Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel deliver his State of the City address.
Among the business leaders and city officials in the crowd, a group of students from Columbia City High School were present to broadcast the address over the radio waves.
WJHS 95.1 is a CCHS radio station started in the late 80s. Utilizing the media environment, students have a chance to experience live broadcasts, interviews and the technology behind running a radio station.
However, getting the chance to be on site for the address was a unique learning opportunity.
â€śTo be at the event gave us the chance to execute what we do in a big way,â€ť said Hunter Clark, a junior. â€śItâ€™s not very often that you get to have this kind of experience.â€ť
David Cox, a senior and two-year veteran with the station, had the chance to observe the mayorâ€™s delivery and follow up the address with an interview.
With only moments to prepare his questions, Cox tapped into skills he has honed through his time at the station to make good use of the face-to-face with the mayor.
For freshmen Matt Benedict, the address was the first time he had donned a pair of headphones to be on the air.
Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown was instrumental in bringing the students out for the address.
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