Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Krhs Is `It' for High School Radio `People Are Really Dedicated' to the Program, Sponsor Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Krhs Is `It' for High School Radio `People Are Really Dedicated' to the Program, Sponsor Says

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When the World Affairs Council of St. Louis was looking for a high-school radio station for a foreign journalist to visit, it found only one, Ritenour High School's KRHS.

"This fellow specifically asked to see different levels of media as far as radio, so they started looking for a high-school station," says KRHS sponsor Alan Mitchell. "We're it."

KRHS Program Director Matt Brewer showed Montenegro journalist Darko Sukovic the station, which is housed on the third floor of the school. Sukovic later talked to students through an interpreter.

"He seemed very surprised that we had something like this at a high school," Matt said.

KRHS began in 1976, a time when a number of high-school radio stations were starting, Mitchell says. But since then, other high-school stations in the area have gone off the air.

"A really motivated teacher just saw the need for it," Mitchell explains. "And really, in the '70s, these were not that uncommon. But over the years, because of the cost involved and lack of interest, it just fell off. But this program's just continued to build every year."

The reason for that is Ritenour's students, he says.

"People here are really dedicated to it," he says. "They'll take time after school and on the weekends to do things for the station."

KRHS broadcasts from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days a week on 90.1 FM, a low-wattage educational channel. When school is not in session, KRHS is off the air. The station is not allowed to sell advertising, and its signal covers only the 10-mile radius of the district.

Mitchell says the station gets no free tapes and CDs from record producers and manufacturers; music played at the tiny station is either brought from home or purchased with money from bake sales and car washes.

Also, the station is behind on new technology.

"The dinosaurs were rocking to it," quips Station Manager Jessica Wright while discussing the station's equipment. …

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