New home for Mohawk College radio station and new Broadcasting program launched (media release)
INDI 101 has relocated to the centre of the Fennell Campus in newly renovated space. The radio station joins a hub of television studios, graphic design labs, a digital printing centre and multi-media newsroom that are part of Mohawk’s School of Media and Entertainment.
Previously located in the Mohawk Student Centre and managed by the Mohawk Students’ Association, INDI 101 is now fully integrated into the college’s broadcasting programs.
Working with technologists at the station, 80 students in Mohawk’s two-year Broadcasting - Radio diploma program will gain hands-on experience in front of the microphone and behind the scenes.
“The college radio station will be a dynamic living lab for students and a launch pad for their careers in the broadcasting industry,” says Rick Court, Dean of Business, Media and Entertainment. Court adds the move creates new opportunities for students in other programs, including Advertising, Public Relations and Applied Music, to get involved with the station.
Students from across the college and people in the community will continue volunteering at the station and creating programming. “INDI 101 will remain a great college and community radio station with a continuing focus on showcasing Hamilton’s independent music scene,” says Court.
As a campus station, INDI 101 is operated by the Mohawk College Radio Corporation and mandated by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission to give access to members of the community who are underserved by commercial media, to commit 15 per cent of on air programming to spoken word and to play 35 per cent Canadian music.
In operation for more than 25 years, INDI 101 won Music Director of the Year, Radio Show of the Year and Media Person of the Year honours at the 2010 Hamilton Music Industry Awards and was named Radio Station of the Year in 2009. INDI 101 covers a radius of approximately 50 kilometres from the Fennell Campus and streams live audio online.
Along with relocating the radio station, Mohawk is launching a one-year Advanced Radio Broadcasting graduate certificate program. The program will include a sports broadcasting course with a focus on play-by-play and colour commentary and a music production course where students will learn to record, mix and master a CD. Students in the new program will be heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of the radio station.
The relocation of INDI 101 is part of the largest campus renewal project in Mohawk’s history. Major construction and renovations are earning high marks from students. In the provincial government’s latest key performance indicator survey of students at Ontario’s 24 colleges, Mohawk ranked first in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for overall student satisfaction, graduate satisfaction and the quality of learning, programs, facilities and services.
Mohawk annually serves more than 16,000 full-time and apprenticeship students, 700 international students and 42,000 continuing education registrants.