Salute a High School Radio Station Today

Backer says the number of high school stations is on the decline.
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Did you know today is High School Radio Day?

Pete Bowers is station manager of WBFH(FM) in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He pushed the concept and chose May because the first U.S. high school radio station, WNAS, went on the air in May 1949.

“Since there are so few high schools with radio stations, organizers hope that High School Radio Day will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting after so many have been shut down due to school district budget cuts,” organizers wrote.

He believes there are about 200 high school radio stations in the United States, including Internet-only operations. “And that number is dropping,” he said in an announcement.

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