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HWS Students on the Air

The radio waves of WEOS/ WHWS are traveling around campus and in the local area this summer with the help of Anessa Amer ’10 and Tim Hollinger ’11.

WEOS-FM  is an NPR-affiliate station that airs from the Geneva area all the way to Ithaca. Aside from NPR programming, the station also broadcasts a news show that is written and recorded by Hollinger. Hollinger is a political science major with a knack for investigative journalism. He is responsible for delivering the state and regional news and does research online daily and through the Finger Lakes Times and the Rochester-based Democrat and Chronicle. He describes the focus of his show as “Taking a closer look at big issues.”

This is Hollinger’s second year working at WEOS and he notes that one of the benefits so far is that he’s “Definitely gotten realistic job experience.” Along with being responsible for deadlines, it is up to him to choose which news he thinks his listeners need to hear the most. He believes that the HWS classroom has prepared him to make such decisions. “All of my political science professors have given me advice and pointed me in the right direction.”

As the music director at WEOS/WHWS, Amer also finds herself with a lot of responsibility. Part of the English major’s job is dealing with promotion companies. She believes that her interactions with professors have prepared her for being able to interact with promotion companies in a professional manner.

Unlike Hollinger, Amer focuses mostly on WHWS, which is the music station that broadcasts to the HWS campus and surrounding Geneva community. Amer explains that “WHWS is set up to be a completely student-run station.” She and others at the station are constantly encouraging more students to get involved. This coming academic year, Amer plans to do several radio shows with other HWS students.

When there are no radio programs airing on WHWS, music that Amer handpicks is constantly playing. “I go through 60 CDs on average each week,” she says. The station currently has a database of several hundred thousand songs. “I definitely feel like I’m open to most genres,” which is important in order to accommodate the music preferences of the majority of listeners.

When Hollinger isn’t at the station, he’s participating as a member of the Hobart Student Government, editing the Herald opinion page, or volunteering on the HWS EMS squad. Amer is also active on campus as a member of the Women’s Collective and the Phoenix Players.