In March, members of Hobart and William Smith radio station WHWS 105.7 FM traveled to the International IBS Conference in New York, N.Y. Hosted annually by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, the conference, now in its 77th year, is the organization’s largest event, featuring 150 speakers, 100 sessions and tours, and 1,400 attendees from around the world.
At the conference, Laurel Brown ’18, Robert George ’19, Kayla Jones ’17, Austin Kennie ’19, Jordan Raivel ’20 and Megan Ross ’17 attended sessions that explored new trends in college radio, television and webcasting. They learned from the diverse programming that addressed various facets of broadcasting – ranging from marketing to FCC rules, managing a budget, programming, and practices for breaking into professional broadcasting.
“I really enjoyed the sessions on how to successfully lead a staff and manage volunteers,” says Jones. As WHWS’s program director, Jones manages more than 50 student volunteers. Graduating in May and planning to pursue a master’s degree in urban development, Jones says she will take lessons from the conference with her as she transitions into professional life.
“These seminars presented advice that is transferable to any career field,” she adds.
Raivel, a first-year student who began her involvement with WHWS last fall, enjoyed learning from industry panelists and meeting the people who operate a wide variety of college radio stations in America and abroad.
“As a first-year student who plans on working with radio throughout the rest of my college career, I feel that I gained important insights that the station can use moving forward,” she says.
The HWS radio station, home of WEOS 89.5FM, 90.3FM and WHWS 105.7FM, recently was ranked 17th in the nation by Princeton Review.
“We were pleased to receive the funding for these six students to attend this important conference,” says Station Manager Greg Cotterill, noting the non-profit IBS represents 90 percent of all educational radio stations in the United States. “This is one of many opportunities and experiences that we have been able to provide for our students, allowing them to develop skills and abilities beyond the classroom.”