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Seton Hall’s WSOU(FM) Sends Two On-Location in Jamaica

Will report on poverty, music and education issues in the island nation

College radio certainly can offer students a lot of interesting experiences, and even the occasional remote broadcast. But not many of them involve foreign travel.

Here’s one that caught our eye. 

Seton Hall University’s student-run radio station WSOU(FM) will cover the Seton Hall University College of Arts & Sciences annual servant-leadership trip to the Alpha Boys’ School and Orphanage. The station made a point of announcing it this week in a press release.

News Director Elizabeth Pavlovsky and staff member Jenna Romaine will report daily from Kingston, Jamaica, airing Jan. 6-10 at 8 a.m. A half-hour documentary will air later in the year, as will stories produced for WSOU’s Caribbean Tempo program, which is on the air Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Pavlovsky and Romaine will also regularly post to the station’s Facebook page during their trip.

On this trip, Seton Hall students will take part in service-learning opportunities at the Alpha Boys School and Orphanage, such as teaching; making improvements to enhance the facility; and planning and implementing activities with the students. Pavlovsky and Romaine will report on students’ experiences and explore issues of poverty, inequality and education.

In addition to reporting on how Seton Hall students and administrators endeavor to make a positive difference there, Pavlovsky and Romaine were drawn to this story because of the school’s music program. Alpha Boys’ School alumni include Dizzy Reece, Sparrow Martin, the four founding members of The Skatalites, Yellowman, and Israel Vibration, among others.

“There are many stories to be told here, and giving emerging journalists the opportunity research and report on this Seton Hall mission trip reinforces the importance of college radio and the hands-on experience it offers,” said WSOU General Manager Mark Maben said in the announcement.

WSOU began broadcasting in 1948. Its signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central New Jersey. WSOU’s programming is also available on iHeartradio.