Tyler Knights Radio Is Growing in Talent and Size
Tyler Knights Radio, WRSG 91.5, has expanded and recently made improvements to a second studio located at Tyler Consolidated. Tom Taggart, (chief engineer of both Seven Ranges Radio and Knights Radio), and Scott Northcraft (Seven Ranges Radio) built the station at no cost to the school. The equipment was purchased through grant money, and there are plans to continue writing grants in order to continue growing.
Knights Radio has been heard all over the world, quite a feat considering there are 11-year-olds running their own one-hour radio shows. That perhaps shows that the school has great faith in its students and broadcasting program. At most other schools, sixth graders would perhaps not even be considered for doing a live show. Knights Radio’s goal is to get kids hooked on broadcasting; as the kids grow in their abilities, so will the radio station.
Knights Radio would like to get to the point where it can utilize sideline reporters, perhaps bringing back football broadcasts. The current problem right now is having the number of students able and willing to cover such live events; the hope is to get the technology to do live-remote broadcasts without the need of anyone in the studio. If that were to happen, students could do a variety of live reports of events happening around the county. Broadcasting teacher Greg Goodfellow stated of Knights Radio, “The kids really step up, and they create their own shows.” Goodfellow continued, “It’s ownership, and these kids own it.”