Suffolk County Community College Internet Radio is a non-commercial internet-only radio station primarily operated by Radio & Television Production students. It is a streaming-only webcasting station whose primary purpose is to serve as an instructional and training facility for the College’s Radio & Television Production Students. Station staff is comprised of students who are enrolled in the colleges RTV 250 (Internship in Video and Sound) course. All members of the station staff should think of themselves as “professional” members of a radio station staff, and not solely as students. Professionalism in attitude and performance is expected in interactions with station staff and management as well as with the public.
Being a member of the station staff provides a wide range of opportunity to contribute to all aspects of station operations. Production, feature coordination, music selection, writing, voice-tracking, social media marketing and promotions are just some of the areas where opportunities to build career skills will present themselves. In short, students who provide a maximum level of participation and effort will realize the maximum level of career training.
Suffolk Radio is formatted to reflect a merger of the most popular radio station formats in our area; Top 40 CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio), Hot Adult Contemporary and Classic Hits (Oldies), and thus airs music from the sixties to today.
Students are exposed to the most professional music selection programming software (Radio Computing Services G-Selector) and automation system (Radio Computing Services Zetta) and we have our own production facilities adjacent to our Digital Television Complex.
The station can be heard 24 hours a day 365 days a year at SCCCIR.com.
It’s been an exciting year here at Suffolk County Community College Internet Radio starting with our launch at 11:15 am on 11/15/17.
We’ve tried to live up to our vision of providing a quality academic learning environment within a professional industry atmosphere. We offered our students opportunities in all facets of the radio industry including radio programming, production, music scheduling, voice tracking, copywriting, marketing and promotions.
We developed two weekly shows; “The Just Joe Request Show” featuring songs that are requested during the course of the preceding week and hosted by our program director Joe Adelmann and “The Friday Show”, a weekend kick off show that follows “The Just Joe Request Show’ hosted by another one of our students, William Walsh. Over Labor Day Weekend another one of our students Kevin Nessler wrote and produced our Summer of 2018 Top 20 Countdown. Kevin is currently writing and producing our Top Twenty Halloween Hits Countdown that we’ll run the weekend before Halloween and a few times on Halloween itself.
We gave our students the opportunity to record both the Winter and Spring concerts and produce them into airable specials which ran during the holiday week and Memorial Day Weekend. They were both hosted by our, then, program director, Joseph Panzarino and concert master JD Verbeck.
In addition to our Concert Specials we were proud to simulcast such sporting events as the NJCAA Regional Basketball Tournament with our sister station, Sharks TV.
Musically, we programmed and aired a host of music specials including holiday music programming, a New Year’s Eve Countdown, a Grammy Music Special, Mother’s and Father’s Day tributes, and Birthday tributes to the artists that we air.
Promotionally we appeared at the college’s Halloween event, The Study Well Event at the Ammerman Library, all Ammerman Orientations this past August, Convocation and Activities Days.
Our proudest moment came on May 24th, 2018 when we prepared a full day of special programming when we simulcast Suffolk County Community College’s 2018 Commencement in its entirety from our Grant Campus with Sharks TV. Prior to Commencement we aired our recording of the Spring Concert featuring the Suffolk County Community College Orchestra, Choir and Suffolk Singers, then, following Commencement we aired the second spring concert featuring the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. At the conclusion of the second concert, we began our Class Reunion Weekend which consisted of five days of special music programming saluting the graduation classes from 1959 to today.
At least once per hour we air a student produced feature that is primarily researched, written, voiced, and produced by our students. This summer, we started airing a sports report Monday thru Thursday by one of our students who hopes to be a sportscaster and an entertainment feature by another one of our students.
However, we are only as good as our staff of interns allows. We will continue to provide the best educational slash professional learning experience we can on a station that is musically formatted and programmed to emulate the most popular radio station formats in our market. And although we are first and foremost an academic endeavor, we would like to continue to widen our reach. And thanks to Drew, Drew and Steve Clark for all their assistance in including us on the screens throughout the campus, on the Nicolls road Sign, on our social media and on signage around campus, and we are continuing to investigate playing the station in cafeterias on all campuses.
As I said earlier, it’s been an exciting first year here at Suffolk Radio, and with a new staff of interns waiting in the wings every semester we look forward to an exciting future.