Viera High going live with 24-hour radio station

Viera High School senior Madison McClure has always thought about a career in the media and has really enjoyed helping launch WVHS Internet radio. "I've always loved small towns. I want to live in a small town," she said. "I'd actually like to start my own radio station in a small town."


WVHS Internet radio is about to hit the airwaves.

The radio station, run by Viera High School students, is expected to launch this month.

“We want it to be very student-friendly,” said senior Madison McClure, who is the senior director at VTV, the school’s TV production class.

“We don’t want it to be a specific music genre, because everybody in the school has different tastes. What we want is for students to be able to pop in and be like, ‘Hey, this is my favorite song. Can you play it?’ ”

The station, which will run 24 hours a day, will feature student hosts throughout the school day, music and podcasts. A playlist from Freeplay, a royalty-free music service, will be on a loop when students are not on air.

The announcement of the station was a big part of Career and Technical Education month, which was celebrated in February. CTE programs at Viera include: dental aide; fashion design; interior design; digital media; sports medicine and exercise science; food science; business and finance; early childhood education; TV production and web application programming and development.

Michael Szabo, who took over Viera’s TV production class this year, gave credit to the Brevard County School District, Viera High principal Sarah Robinson, Viera CTE Chair Carrie Humphrys and his predecessor, Elizabeth Sivco, for helping make the radio station possible.

“For 13 years, Elizabeth Sivco had this program, and she did amazing stuff,” Szabo said. “She built this program. If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.”

Putting the station on the internet was the best decision to reach listeners.

“We decided to go with internet, because with FM, you can only broadcast so far,” Szabo said. “Above that, you have to purchase a license and bigger antennas. With the internet, you’re worldwide. They can access you through the car, their phones, (etc.).”

There will be a link to the station on the school’s website. It also can be accessed through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. WVHS is creating its own website.

McClure said part of her role with the radio station will be to review and make sure all songs are appropriate.

She can’t wait to get started.

“I’m super-psyched about this radio (station),” McClure said. “It was definitely the thing I was most excited about once it started getting up and running.

“At first, I was a little doubtful. When you start a new thing, you’re like, ‘No other school has a radio (station). It’s going to be tough for us.’ But Mr. Szabo, the other students, we really pulled together. We got it done. We’ve got it now.

“I think it’s going to be very successful. I’m very confident. The students I’ve talked to are like, ‘I’d love to listen to music.’ I’ve talked to teachers, and the teachers are definitely excited to play background music when they’re doing an assignment. Students of this generation work better with music, at least in my experience.”