Radio has existed at Bennington in various forms for years, but if you could create Bennington Radio from scratch, and make it into anything you can dream of, what would it sound like? What would it provide to our community, and how would you identify that community? What could we create that would change life both on campus and around the world? What would it take to actually bring your vision to reality?
The purpose of this course is to research every integral aspect of creating a new Bennington radio station, broadcasting (at least initially) exclusively over the internet. We will seek to define the new station’s technical form, philosophic mission, content sources, system of governance, and legal obligations. In doing so we will study a wide range of topics including website design and intellectual property law. Coursework will consist of an extensive series of research papers, created both individually and in groups and then presented in class. As such, while students with experience in audio production are encouraged to apply, expertise in a wide range of subjects such as web design, social engagement, and community building will be equally important. While the goal of the class is to create the groundwork for a new and unique broadcasting entity, significant time will be spent investigating how stations already in existence might aid our model.