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Moving beyond the classroom - The Agency at Mohawk College

Mohawk has launched its first Internet radio station to be run by students in the college’s Radio Broadcasting program.

IGNITE Radio’s 24-hour live feed is available at igniteradio.ca and accessible to anyone in the world with Internet access. The online station features Top 40 hit music with Mohawk students producing the shows and training as on-air hosts.

Mohawk will continue to operate INDI 101.5 FM with a focus on independent music and specialty shows hosted by student and community volunteers. The college radio station was launched in 1975 on the FM radio band as CHMR.

“Mohawk College students learn by doing,” says Radio Broadcasting program coordinator and professor Sam Cook (@_SamCook_) who worked with a team of faculty, staff and students to build IGNITE Radio over eight months. “With IGNITE Radio and INDI 101.5 FM, our Radio Broadcasting students will now get hands-on training at both a traditional station and an Internet-based station.” More than 80 students are enrolled in the two-year diploma program.

Cook says the addition of IGNITE Radio reflects trends and changes within the radio broadcasting industry. "The latest research shows millions of people are choosing to listen to their favourite radio programs online through smartphones and tablets. At Mohawk, we’re preparing our students to be future-ready through real life experiences.”

Early listeners to IGNITE Radio and social media followers on Facebook and Twitter (@IgniteRadio1) will have the chance to win exclusive prizes, including Cineplex movie passes, Staples $50 gift cards and a grand prize trip for two to Montreal courtesy of VIA Rail Canada and 5-star hotel, Chateau St. Marc.