Knoxville students celebrate National High School Radio Day

Kayla Strayer, WATE 6 On Your Side Reporter - KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Students around the country and in East Tennessee celebrated the fourth annual National High School Radio Day on Wednesday.

It raises awareness about the importance of having high school radio programs. Two such programs are operating in Knoxville: WKCS at Fulton High School and Retro Radio at Karns High School.

Fulton junior Courtney Rader was in the studio Wednesday morning getting on air experience with WKCS.

"I do think more students should have this opportunity because it helps you grow and learn and be more confident when you have interviews and stuff like that," Rader said.

Students run special broadcasts throughout the day, from weather reports, to interviews and picking the content for the shows.

"You get to come in here and be on the radio and learn about all the radio things and broadcasting," said Karns student Evan Carbaugh.

Slideshow: National High School Radio Day

"The students really get an early opportunity to do some hands on work and see if this is something they would really be interested in when they graduate," said Chris Wade, who runs Retro Radio.

They're also running a public service campaign aimed at getting students to sign a petition to stop texting while driving.

"A lot of schools, these stations are kind of forgotten or the school system decided they would rather do other things. These high school radio stations do serve a very important role in the community," said Russell Mayes, manager of WKCS.

Rader says getting this experience at a young age is helping boost her confidence and find her voice.

"That's what high school is about and to have a radio station that helps you do that it means a lot," Rader said.

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