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2015 Summer of eLearning- “On the Air”

Written By: Paula Neidlinger - Jun• 09•15

“ON THE AIR”-  #elwave15

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Launching a student-led radio station has enabled our students to reach listeners worldwide with “live, local” shows produced solely by students. Our station is on-air 24/7. We are able to broadcast live through automation and streaming; we’re always on the air. No streaming servers to support or drain on facility bandwidth, which is a concern in most school corporations. All that is required is a Mac and an Internet connection. We are able to keep listeners engaged with recorded programming – recorded and scheduled by us during our class time, or live, during dances, lunch, sporting events, and before and after school, all assisted by Backbone auto-rotation software. During the second semester, we introduced a live call-in talk show, three times a week.  (574-914-4494)


Through Backbone, we have been able to build and manage our own library of recorded audio from CDs, iTunes, YouTube and other sources; create and design playlists by dragging and dropping songs, creating student-produced station IDs and student-produced commercials and other items onto the playlist window from CDs, iTunes or our own self-produced Library; and access our automation system from anywhere and make changes to our library, playlists and schedules with just our Mac and an Internet connection. Most importantly, we have a Global audience. We have been able to reach listeners worldwide with our “live, local” shows and spread the news about our community and school, via phones, tablets, computers and car radios.

Backbone publishes ARTICLE about Lincoln’s – “Storm Radio”

How are we funding our station? Currently, we have secured six sponsors from our community. Students have produced commercials for each of our sponsors, which we run throughout the day and night. Additionally, wPhoto on 4-6-15 at 11.21 AMe were able to utilize technology monies for our initial investment with Backbone. There is initial equipment that will need to be purchased in order to launch your station, which I have outlined below. Although we have a TV studio, our radio is run from a mobile cart, which enables us to move around the school as needed.

Storm Radio students create a Tutorial for the Live Phone-In capabilities with Backbone.


Indiana Standards addressed:IMG_6727

  • 8.ML.2.1: Identify and analyze persuasive and propaganda techniques used in visual and verbal message
    s by electronic, print and mass media, and identify false or misleading information.
  • 8.ML.2.2: Analyze and interpret how people experience media messages differently, depending on point of view, culture, etc.
  • 8.ML.1: Critically analyze information found in electronic, print, and mass media used to inform, persuade, entertain, and transmit culture.
  • 8.SL.1: Listen actively and adjust the use of spoken language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

How do you launch your own radio station?

Backbone Radio System Requirements:

  • Apple Macintosh (Backbone Radio OnAirStudio and OnAirDisplay Clients):
  • Hardware: Intel Mac (iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mini)
  • OS X 10.7 and above
  • QuickTime 7.x or later
  • Audio input for live sessions, or low latency USB audio converter
  • Memory: 1GB minimum
  • Hard disk: 100MB available minimum, 150MB per 100 songs or audio clips (estimated)

Technical Product Features:

  • QuickTime compression using MPEG-4
  • 3g phone codecs supported
  • Live streaming
  • Music database with custom type names and color codes
  • Text and/or image annotation with individual clickable links
  • Standard Rotation for Unattended operation
  • Randomization according to common broadcast rules
  • Limits repeat of individual clips or artists
  • Standard rotation applicable to all database types, including commercials
  • Scheduling
  • Fixed time schedule items can repeat at specific intervals

This is a sample of a Backbone Radio Remote Equipment Package.

 Contact Information:  @BackboneNetwork
George Capalbo- Backbone, 200 Friberg Parkway, Suite 3003, Westborough, MA 01581-

Paul Kamp- Backbone Networks Corporation
VP Business Development, Corporate Counsel290 Turnpike Rd #5-321Westborough MA 01581-2843 617-841-8158
Twitter: @pgk2

“Ride the Waves” – STORM RADIO

Follow us and listen live at STORM RADIO, LJH Digital Storm, or download the free TuneIn app on your phone and search for Storm Radio.

 IMG_6794-1IBS National Broadcasting Award Winners

Are you interested in launching a school radio station? Is your vision to empower students to innovatively craft their own digital learning experiences through discovery and creation. Please share your ideas and inquiries.


Summer of eLearning- “On the Air” Schedule

June 10– #WISE15- Wabash Innovative Summit of Education – 11:10 & 2:10
June 15– #LTeLearn – Lawrence Township- Empowering Students with Technology- 1:25 & 2:25
July 21– #integratED 2015 – East Noble- 10:30 – 11:20
July 27 – #e3TechCon – Warsaw- 10:30 a.m.
July 28 – #elwave15 – Lafayette- Catch the Waves- 11:30 a.m.

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