Seven Arkansas college radio stations, including UA station KXUA, have come together to form a statewide association to help and promote college radio across the state.
The Arkansas College Radio Association was formed to help train, develop, and operate college radio stations in Arkansas, according to the ACRA website.
It also serves to develop and maintain a collection of resources for Arkansas college radio stations, to facilitate collaboration between stations, and to educate community members interested in these radio stations, said Jacob Turner. , President of ACRA and Technical Director of Hendrix College Radio. KHDX station.
The association was created in February. Turner came up with the idea last fall, when KXDH received a visit from radio blogger Jennifer Waits, who wrote on various Arkansas college radio stations, Turner said.
“I asked myself, ‘What if we, the staff at all the stations, start working together,’” Turner said.
Shortly after, Turner sent out a survey to all Arkansas colleges with a radio station, asking if they would be interested in forming a task force, he said.
Lucas Coberly, director of the KXUA station, received Turner’s survey and expressed interest.
“Working with other Arkansas resorts was something I missed so it’s very encouraging to have started on this path,” said Coberly.
Once Turner picked up what he felt was sufficient interest from different stations, they worked together to schedule a meeting, which was held at Henderson State University on February 25, a Turner said.
The meeting was interesting because half of the people were physically present at the meeting and the other half were chatting via video, but it was very productive, Coberly said.
“We all got to know each other, set the goals we wanted to achieve with the organization and set some ground rules,” Coberly said.
They also voted for the officers, and Coberly was elected technical and media coordinator, Coberly said.
ACRA is the first of its kind in the United States, and although it is still in its infancy, Turner said he hopes to do something bigger than just a student-led group. .
“We created this because we see a need now, especially since you have people who say radio is a dying art or may think it’s not something that isn’t. necessary, ”Turner said. “The purpose of the association is to show how important university radio is – to show that it is not an endangered art, but that it is important to the community it serves.
At this time, it is unclear what it means for different college radio stations to be members of the association, but that will be clarified at future meetings, Coberly said.
“It might sound like a potential collaboration with other stations on a show or helping new stations,” Coberly said.
Turner agreed and said he also wanted the association to help create more college radio stations in Arkansas.
“Not all college radio stations in Arkansas are on it yet, so I want us to continue working to reach out to other colleges and work to bring college radio stations that don’t. don’t, ”Turner said.
Seven university radios are part of the association: Hendrix College, University of the Ozarks, Harding University, Arkansas State University Mid-South, Arkansas State University, UofA and UofA in Fort Smith.
ACRA’s next meeting will be next fall, Coberly said.