Chaminade’s new radio station will be up and running soon but is delayed due to pieces of equipment missing.
“The reason we are not streaming yet is because two critical pieces of equipment are back ordered: our audio mixer and streaming encoder,” said Thomas Galli,44, Chaminade’s communication professor. “The money that was made available to the department was $28,000 but not all of it went to the radio. It was money for the department; I’m waiting on word from Larry Osborn on what is ok to spend the money on.”
Galli spoke about how the idea for the radio station originated from Cliff Bieberly, director of Communication Degree Programs, and how the radio station is not broadcasted out to radio stations but to radio streaming over the Internet.
“According to the FedEx website, the equipment is currently in Sacramento, CA, and should arrive here on Dec. 7, next Wednesday,” Galli said. “Normally, I would say that I'd have the station up and running 2 days after those boxes arrived; however, since that's the end of Finals week, with grades to process, equipment to retrieve, and commencement to prepare for, I don't think it will happen before the break.”
Galli explained his research on the electronic equipment, and he hopes that they can have the radio station up and running hopefully in the coming spring. He is more comfortable using video cameras but he said he is willing to learn more about the radio streaming. Galli says that it is more expensive to broadcast on the radio station because all of the spots are mostly taken by other channels on f.m. or a.m.
“The school wanted us to have an open house in early September like September 15, so just a few weeks after I was remodeling and people’s furniture haven’t come back in yet,” Galli said. “So Bieberly found a couple of students who were quite excited about the idea and charged them with getting the interior done.”
Galli explained that radio streaming is one of the options Chaminade have when it comes down to the budget of $16,000.
“Generally when donors give money they like it to be spent on ‘things’ so when they walk in they can say ‘hey I paid for that,’” Galli said. “I’m hoping that we can use a little bit of the money to pay for the services. I'm excited to see it up and running, frustrated at the delays we've experienced, and eager to see how it grows.”