By Alec Batchelder, Smart Talks –
semesters here at MCC!
Where do I even begin?
This year I decided to take a couple classes that I feel would help me in the real job
world, so I signed up for journalism and practical radio. Not only did I need them to graduate,
but they seemed like they would be interesting classes and ones that I would enjoy.
Now when I first entered college I had to take all those required classes like math,
biology, history and I took on more than I could handle. I was never the best studying or the best
at remembering to do my homework, but I survived, for the most part.
I got thinking about the degree I wanted to get and looked more into classes I could
take here at MCC and not pay more for them at a four -year college. That was the best decision I
made as I have been loving the classes I’ve been taking this school year.
Granted, it was a little difficult at first to remember certain ways to write an article for
the Bay Window and to remember the several types of microphones to use in a radio studio, but
it was a fun challenge.
On the flip side, I got to write my own opinion/feature articles on anything I wanted
and I learned how to make a ribbon microphone with a gum wrapper, so not all was lost.
(Editor’s Note: He also won a statewide first place award for his Bay Window column about
My favorite class this year was definitely my practical radio class. I have had an
Being able to produce my own radio show has been so much fun. At first I had no idea
what I was doing. I knew a little bit about how to work the software that sends out the signal to
the website to stream it, but it was a learning curve for me.
Not only that, but I had bring the music I wanted to play on the radio. It was not
necessarily a terrible thing but I had limited songs since I had just gotten a new computer so I did
not have all the music on it.
After a few weeks, the software got easier to use, I got better at thinking about what to
say, and I even got a guest star on the show to talk about his upcoming musical he’s working on.
He showed me a trick that there was a cord in the radio room where I could plug it into
the board and I could plug my phone into it a play music that was on my phone! It was a life
Part of what I liked as well was that I could produce a show based around the music
that I listen to daily.
I am more of a pop music kind of guy and it was great since I did not play the same
song repeatedly like we hear on any other station.
While I did play the same artist a couple times during the show, I played a different
song so it really wasn’t like I was playing the same thing. The show was fun to produce since
everything about it was about things that I like. We’ve always been told “do what you love.”
That’s what this past year has been like for me – doing what I love.