The Hillsdale, DC radio studio was recently expanded to allow WHIP students and DC faculty to host new broadcasts, allowing the Hillsdalians of DC to advance Hillsdale’s mission beyond its 400 acres. in Michigan.
“Hillsdale in DC serves to advance the mission of Hillsdale College through a variety of mediums,” said Matthew Spalding, vice president of operations in Washington. “Our audiences love radio and podcasts, and Hillsdale Radio Station in DC allows us to bring that to our students, faculty and allies. “
Spalding said the radio studio will continue to function as an outlet for students, faculty and allies to disseminate the ideas of Hillsdale College.
The Boyle Studio opened at the Kirby Center in November 2015. The studio is a remote broadcast studio for radio hosts and visiting personalities, including nationally recognized hosts, podcasters and journalists, Spalding said. . The studio includes facilities and accommodation for radio hosts and guests. It is provided through a donation from Vince Benedetto Bold Gold Media Group and the Bold Gold Broadcast & Media Foundation.
Allison Schuster ’21, research assistant at the Kirby Center, manages the Hillsdale in DC radio studio.
“The station provides the ability for our own faculty to conduct interviews or record material, as well as extend the use of the studio to organizations whose missions are friendly to us,” said Schuster. “It also just gives us a space for students to explore the world of radio and gain hands-on experience using what Hillsdale taught them during their WHIP semester or time in the graduate program.”
Schuster’s work includes coordinating the use of the studio for outside groups, producing shows, and managing student shows for WHIP and graduate students.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Federalist Radio Hour and other broadcasts were regularly taped on the DC station. Spalding has decided to host shows again in the fall of 2021, so Schuster has spent the last six months developing the station.
Federalist culture editor Emily Jashinsky is recording The Federalist Radio Hour in the studio, Schuster said. Additionally, during WHIP last semester, senior Elena Nabarowski recorded her own show, “Five Minute Myths,” the first student show recorded on DC station in a few years.
“I also look forward to more undergraduates using the studio at the start of this semester,” said Schuster.
Scot Bertram, Director of Radio Free Hillsdale, helps Schuster solve technical issues and develop studio equipment and capabilities, while providing general radio advice.
“The Hillsdale students who are involved here at WRFH are encouraged to continue working on their show or feature during WHIP,” said Bertram. “The Boyle Studio has the same equipment that is used here in Michigan, so the transition should be smooth. “
The studio hosted The Vince Coglianese Show, which Schuster says helped educate DC listeners about Hillsdale’s mission. Vince Coglianese welcomed Spalding; Matthew Mehan, director of academic programs for Hillsdale in DC; and Mollie Hemingway, senior journalism researcher at Hillsdale, on the show to discuss their areas of expertise.
Mehan said he used the station to record liberal arts podcasts, interview Bertram on his show, Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, and record an audio version of his children’s book “Mr. Mythical Mammals Slightly.” fun of Mehan.
“I’ve invited guests to record their podcasts and have discussions with me,” Mehan said. “I have met a number of interesting people who check in as guests. “
Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn was also a guest at Hillsdale Station in DC, attending Hugh Hewitt’s annual teleconference on the revival of classic American K-12 education last month. Schuster said the show gave Arnn a chance to share the college’s mission regarding classical education.
“We have access to so many people who are actively making waves in national politics here in the capital,” she said, “and the studio gives us a space to talk with them and connect them with our students and academics. in a way that is more convenient and accessible than the main campus radio station for some.
In the future, Schuster will continue to expand the station’s programming. She said she would speak with WHIP students and college friends to find additional hosts. Schuster said anyone on the main campus interested in interviewing faculty or students on the DC campus can do so as well.
“Both campuses work with the same goal of seeking truth and defending freedom, and it would be wonderful to have more ties between the two,” said Schuster.
Although not often in DC, Bertram said he would continue to advise the DC station.
“It is of great value to the station to have these contributions from our nation’s capital and to enable students to continue to grow in their work while they are in DC,” said Bertram.