LINTON, N.D. - Rural schools generally have to rely on technology to connect students with teachers of subjects they can't supply. But in Linton, there's an innovative course that's the most popular elective available.
What started with four students in a wooden sound booth built by the shop class on campus has now evolved into a $6,000 broadcast studio. The only high school radio station in the state.
Lots of students have this radio station on their radar.
The Linton High School radio broadcast class has more than tripled since it began in the spring.
The instructor predicts another doubling in class size next year.
There are two broadcast studios packed full of equipment for broadcasters in training to use.
“I didn't really consider it, I know they brought it up to us right away and asked if we wanted to join the radio program, and I didn't want to right away. I was kind of nervous and didn't know what it would include, but then decided to try it out. It's been a lot of fun and I really like it,” said Hannah Schumacher, senior.
Even for students that aren't planning on a career in radio, they value the life skills they learned in this course.
“I get very nervous, and I don't like talking to people, so this has helped me a lot,” said Raanne Schiemeister, junior.
The broadcast instructor Jay Schmaltz says the next stop is to add a television studio.
“There is talk about working with ITV to get the class offered to other schools,” said Schmaltz.
Schmaltz says that some Bismarck schools have talked about implementing a radio program like this in their schools.
KLHS is one of 23 stations in the National High School Radio Network.
On Dec. 13 at 5 p.m., KLHS will broadcast live across the country through all of these stations.
To listen at any time, go to www.klhslintonhigh.com.