Mandeville, Jamaica ... [ANN] West Indies College (WIC), operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, received a license to operate a radio station, from the Commerce and Technology Ministry in Jamaica on April 20.
The station will be located in the media center on the campus of WIC. The station is scheduled to begin broadcasting during WIC graduation ceremonies, May 17.
WIC radio (on 88.3MHz) has a transmitter power of 100 Watts (ERP) to serve the immediate community with a variety of local campus programs. The station will also give students majoring in Mass Communication valuable laboratory experience as they produce and host programs. The station will be on the air for a total of 8 hours per day.
"We wanted to find a way to provide our students a good quality communication program," said Dr. Althea McMillan, WIC Provost. "We feel the radio station definitely adds a new dimension to our curriculum. We are excited at the challenge."
WIC started a BA degree in Mass Communication in the fall of 1997. Currently 17 students are enrolled in the program. The curriculum includes, print, public relations, radio and television.
WIC radio is the first community-based station run solely by students on the island of Jamaica. All of the programming will be developed, produced and hosted by students who are enrolled in the Mass Communication Program. Dwayne Cheddar, director of the Adventist Media Center at West Indies College (WIC), is particularly excited.
"I came here when we had nothing, and I am happy to finally see us involved in communicating to our community," said Cheddar. "This will be a way for the students to learn and to get on-the-job-training."
Students who could not travel abroad, were attending the University of the West Indies, a public school in Kingston, Jamaica, which offers a similar program, reports Cheddar. WIC is now a competitor, and hopes to get some of those students to come to WIC.
"We want to become the media center for this part of the world, where students can be involved in ministry and in the mission of our church. It is a big push for our school, and now we have the resources to compete with places like the University of the West Indies."
Plans are also under way to establish a TV station on campus. Established in 1919, West Indies College is located in Mandeville, Jamaica. Currently, there are 1, 220 students enrolled at the college. [Paula Webber]