The air through the machine

It is National Radio Day so let’s celebrate WBDG


Do you know what people used to do without TVs? Do you know what the eye candy was for hearing back in the day before TVs? Do you know that such a trend is still alive today?

Though many people just see this object as an everyday thing, the radio actually turned the world on its head. Back in the 20s, the radio was like the google glass of that time. New and bold, there was a radio in almost every house and radio stations boomed with business so what does this have to do with Ben Davis?

Believe it or not, Ben Davis has its own radio station known as WBDG Giant 90.9. This proud part of the Ben Davis was established on February 14, 1966. About 54 years ago, the district decided to do something bold. But to do something bold means time, resources, and above all else, money. So the district put up the money and bought the resources and the license to create the Giant 90.9.

Ever since then, WBDG has been creating fun and innovative programs. That is especially relevant today as the nation remembers radio stations on National Radio Day.

“We have a variety of shows,” radio teacher Jon Easter said. “The main goal is to educate, entertain, and inform the world about positive things happening around Wayne Township.”

Though many may believe that anyone can be on WBDG, there are certain rules and regulations that limits who can be on air.

“Not anyone is allowed on air,” Easter said. “They all have to be approved by me unless it’s a situation of someone being interviewed. The easiest way is to be in the Radio Broadcasting class.”

Everyday multiple shows are produced and aired live, each one varying from sports to news. Many people do not think of who writes the shows and assume that it is made by an adult. However, all shows created are made by students for students. Though they are revised by teachers, each one target the community in a way that is fun and enjoyable.

So, when you are listening to the radio, make sure to switch to Giant 90.9 and show your support. And remember, radio was the TV of the 20s and is a lasting innovation even today.