Eastern Nazarene College will take to the airwaves with the premiere of a new weekly radio show hosted by ENC professor Laurie Giles and produced by students.
“iThink Radio” will debut Saturday Sep. 22 at 10 a.m. on Christian radio station WEZE 590 AM. In addition to being heard by audiences in the Greater Boston area, the program also will be heard live via streaming audio online at www.wezeradio.com, making it available to a global audience.
The first episode of iThink Radio will feature an interview with ENC President Corlis McGee, who will discuss the benefits and relevance of a Christian liberal arts education.
“The show is called iThink Radio because that’s exactly what we want people to do – think,” said Giles, who teaches in the Criminal Justice Department as well as in the college’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. “We want the program to be a place where Christians think and discuss today’s issues.”
Giles credited Director of Marketing and Communications Scott MacFarland with spearheading the creation of an ENC radio program. “Scott had a vision of getting ENC on the radio,” she said. “When he learned I had previously hosted an internet radio show, he worked diligently to make this happen.”
Working with Christian broadcaster Salem Radio Boston, Giles and MacFarland met with station management for months to develop and refine what they wanted the program to be. Giles said each episode of iThink Radio will feature three segments. The first segment will feature a recognized expert discussing a particular topic, followed by comments from an “inexpert” – someone who can offer a “real-world” or Christian perspective. Each episode’s closing segment will be developed and produced by students, including students Darrell Young and Steven Rodriguez.
“They’ll be talking about what’s hot, what people are talking about around the water cooler, as well as things students talk about,” Giles said. “Everything from football to not having Mom around to do the laundry!”
Other planned topics include parents sending their kids off to college, raising teens with a Christian worldview and preacher’s kids – or “PKs” – and the special issues and challenges they face. Giles also plans to draw on Eastern Nazarene’s faculty for future topics.
“ENC has some fabulous faculty members who are engaged in really great research,” she said, “and we hope to draw on them for the program.”
The radio show is also a great learning opportunity for students, she added.
“From brainstorming topics to booking guests to working in the studio, they’re really learning about radio on every level.”
Beginning Sep. 22, iThink Radio will air Saturdays at 10 a.m. on WEZE 590 AM in the Boston area and will stream live on WEZE's website.
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