Anything’s Pulsable for this year’s AFTRS radio students

The next few weeks are “huge” for the fourteen Radio students of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) as they move into their final practical exercise for the 2004 course – creating a radio station they have named PULSE.

“We’ve been through a lot of challenges since being at the school, but this is by far the biggest and most important,” says student Angela Frino.

The station, called Pulse 100.7, will be broadcast on a live stream at from July 3 to July 18, and on-air in Sydney’s western suburbs (thanks to the co-operation of WOW FM) between 10 to 17 July.

Frino says: “We have made all the decisions regarding the station, including the name, logo and format. Our tutors and mentors have acted as consultants who have advised us along the way.

“Pulse 100.7 will run promotions, competitions and a wide variety of youth orientated segments including their very own talk show.

“Our street
the ‘Pulsars’ will be around Sydney’s west handing out free drinks,
food and vouchers… from our own red Nissan 92′ Pulsar. Listeners who
wear our ‘pulse band-it’ wrist bands (pictured above) will also get prizes.

“We also have a live on-line game where listeners can challenge the announcers to some web-checkers while they are on air.

The students are using this broadcast as an opportunity to market themselves to the Commercial Radio industry. After Pulse 100.7 they will undertake a two week work attachment and then graduate in September.

AFTRS Head of Radio Steve Ahern says Program Directors “generally use this broadcast to listen to the talent coming out of the course and make decisions on who they will target with job offers at graduation time.

“This year we have introduced some new innovations, such as a webstream interface (pictured right) which links to the RCS playout system and gives details of the song playing.

“Our new Klotz Desk and upgraded Master Control make these new innovations possible – we try to improve at least one new thing each year, the studio-web interface was our project this year.”

Click on the website below to find out what’s ‘pulsable’ for the students to achieve.

The site was designed by student Erin Marsh, who had the role of station web designer.

Applications for the AFTRS
2005 full time Radio course
are now open.