By JUSTIN CRIPE
Goshen News Staff Writer
The Goshen College radio station staff might feel like they’re at a high school class reunion this summer.
That’s because the four summer staffers at the Goshen College radio station 91.1 The Globe are all students and alums of Bethany Christian High School.
The quartet — Jen Snyder (’08), Trisha Handrich (’07), Mary Roth (’09) and Keith Baber (’05) — are all pursuing a job in the field, and thought that working for the station would provide valuable experience and a little fun.
“It’s the best job I’ve had because it’s not really like a job,” said Handrich, who just graduated from Bethany and will be attending Goshen College in the fall.
“It’s a good way to apply my love of music,” added Roth, who will begin her junior year at Bethany in the fall.
They all had to train on their own time, which was usually after school. Snyder is the most experienced of the group, with this being her third summer working at the station, while Handrich has worked for the station on a “very part-time” basis.
Baber, who graduated from Bethany in 2005, said he transferred to GC from Ivy Tech primarily because of the radio program.
“The only radio program that was similar is in Vincennes,” Baber said. “I wanted to be closer to home.”
Each of the four has a radio show Monday through Friday, though the morning show DJs have aliases. Handrich has a show from 6 to 10 a.m. Snyder follows from 10 a.m. to noon. Beber is on from noon to 2 p.m. and Roth takes the airwaves from 2 to 4 p.m. Each of their shows features an eclectic mix of “culturally progressive” music, and all four are responsible for everything that goes on air, even doing their own public service announcements.
“They know as much about the station as anyone would,” said Jason Samuel, the station’s general manager.
The three girls all know each other from their days at Bethany and their friendship has helped make the job more fun.
“We (Trisha and Jen) go to lunch every day,” Handrich said.
Samuel said that the summer experience will give all four a leg up on other potential DJs when it comes time to get their own radio shows in college.
“We take care of people that take care of the station,” Samuel said.
Samuel noted that Goshen and Fairfield grads have also spent their summers working for the station, so the jobs are not restricted to Bethany Christian students. This is just an unusual coincidence.
“I am excited to be working with Bethany students again this summer,” Samuel said. “They have proven to be the kind of teachable, mature and passionate students we want as part of our summer staff.”
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By JUSTIN CRIPE
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