AudioNet, WNCU’s radio station, is full of opportunities for those seeking them on N.C. Central University’s campus.
The radio station gives approximately 20 students hands-on experience in broadcast media and the chance to promote themselves.
“It’s a learning and rewarding experience at the same time,” said English senior Geanice Gee, president of AudioNet.
Started as an English practicum program, AudioNet has grown into an award-winning student radio station that gives participants ample exposure.
“AudioNet gave me an avenue and an outlet,” said mass communication senior Alshadera Dawson.
“It gave me some guidance on where to go.”
Dawson is a board operator and a weekend disc jockey for WRJD 1410 AM who wants to own his own radio station some day.
Wade Banner, mass communication junior, recently received a job as an overnight personality for Raleigh-Durham’s K 97.5 and can be heard over the air from midnight to six a.m. Sunday through Saturday.
“AudioNet provided the resources and I took it from there,” said Banner, who is director of promotions at AudioNet.
Banner says he never planned to become a radio personality.
“In the radio industry business everyone’s talented and talent only places you at the bottom of the totem pole,” Banner said.
A point stressed by Dawson who comments, “Radio personalities are a dime a dozen.”
They explain that a new personality is hired at Radio One once every three to five years.
Lolethia Underdue, AudioNet manager, said, “We try to keep Audio Net student oriented,” adding that the station is ideal for broadcasting and music industry majors.
Gee said, “AudioNet is for motivated, self-starters that are dependable and willing to work.”
Dawson added, “AudioNet is for students that love the work,” he remarks. “If you would do it for free, do it. Otherwise don’t waste your time.”
The station accepts applications the first two weeks of each semester. The next AudioNet meeting is tomorrow in room 152 of the Farrison-Newton Communications Building during the 10:40 am break.