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MARQUETTE – For some Marquette Senior High School students, the first hour of school is all about on-air learning.
They’re part of the school’s broadcasting program, better known as “REDspn.”
“We have to keep people updated about the meetings that are happening, when sports are practicing, when things are starting; for instance, the kids made a commercial this morning for the Valentine’s Day flower sale,” said Eric Hammerstrom, English Language Arts Teacher. “On top of that, they learn to do news stories and we try to highlight good things that are happening here both in the school and in the community for young people.”
For over 10 years, it’s been teaching students the art of broadcasting and media. Thanks to some donations and grant money, the program has been able to expand- offering live online broadcasts.
It’s even been recognized at the state level, by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Just this year, REDspn won two honorable mention MAB awards in two different categories.
“Our MAB award that we got this fall was for a football production that we did,” said Nathan Garwood, Senior at Marquette Senior High School. “It was for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and it was a gentleman’s dying wish to watch his grandson play high school football and so we were able to do that and I’m really happy we were able to do that.”
Students signed up for the class get hands-on experience, whether it’s behind the desk, out in the field or producing a segment. What some might say is second to none.
“It is a great experience to be able to have all of these opportunities to put these shows together, really,” said Garwood.
“It’s a very, real world experience for kids and really want it to become their first job and give them a resume builder in the process,” said Hammerstrom. “It’s really fun to see students go on into this field and that they’re enjoying it that much.”