Required Radio will carry a 24-hour stream of multimedia content including music, interviews, entertainment reviews, poetry, news, and sports, and will also feature student work from disciplines such as film, drama, dance, and rhetoric. The station will also carry exclusive video and audio created by student staffers and contributors.
Content and format on the station is largely determined by a staff of 15 students currently taking RTVF 121, a radio production course taught by Prof. Dennis Quinn, but any student at the University can join.
“Required Radio has a strong academic component to it,” said Prof. Quinn, who oversees the site and has worked as a DJ and program director at New York City radio stations for more than 40 years. “But there is room for anyone who has a passion for radio. I wanted my students and the Hofstra community to have a hand in radio that sounded very professional, but that offered a lot of content freedom both on and off the air.”
The station also has a number of specialty shows including “Nothing But Country,” “Electric Revolution,” “Latin Music Hits,” and “Hip Hop is Life.” Junior Kyrissa O’Garro co-hosts “Stay Tuned with K&R,” an entertainment and variety show on Fridays at 8 pm that recently featured interviews with actors from Hofstra’s drama production, “Batboy,” as well as with up-and-coming music artists.
“I love the flexibility of working at Required Radio,” O’Garro said. “You have a lot of say about what you want to do, and you get really good hands-on experience learning how to edit and work with technology such as an audio board, Pro Tools, and Live365.”
To listen or learn more about the station’s offerings, log on to RequiredRadio.com or download the Live365 mobile app. Students interested in joining Required Radio should contact Prof. Quinn at Dennis.Quinn@Hofstra.edu.
The Herbert School is also home to WRHU 88.7 FM, ranked the best college station in the nation by Princeton Review and winner of the National Broadcasters Association’s Marconi Award as top noncommercial station in the nation.