MPR Making News Accessible to Students
In June of 2021, a small group of students at Mamaroneck High School came to Journalism teacher Evan Madin with an idea: to create a student-led radio station. Mamaroneck Public Radio was born.
Although independently created, MPR works closely with the school’s Journalism program, launched by Mr. Madin in 2013. MPR producers make use of the school’s podcasting studio and portable radio kits, which second semester Journalism students use to produce their audio pieces.
The station’s aim is to create a 100 percent student-run source of news and entertainment for the MHS student body and broader Mamaroneck community. Students manage all content broadcasted on the radio including music, talk shows, and smaller advertisements or inserts.
Senior MPR Producers: Anna McDonald, Fatimah Khan, Caitlyn Carpenter, Jane McNally, Kevin Broderick, Sam Robb O’Hagan, Taylor Ferrarone, Anna Robarts
Head of Tech: Anthony Cap (‘23)
Station/Faculty Advisor: Evan Madin
MPR making a difference:
When the war in Ukraine started a few months ago, a group of MHS seniors in the journalism program wanted to make a difference. They felt the best way for them to make an impact on the situation was to start local – by making this relevant but intimidating news accessible to students. As a result, Before the Bell, a student-produced radio show that breaks down the global conflicts of today, was created and now airs live on Mamaroneck Public Radio on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7:45AM, 10AM, 11:30AM, 2PM, and 3PM. The show also is available on demand on the “shows” tab of the website.
In the students’ own words, Before the Bell helps students “understand different international affairs” in order to be “equipped to have sensitive and controversial conversations” in our ever-changing world. This season of Before the Bell brings the MHS community news and updates on the war in Ukraine. The first episode focuses on a a timeline of events leading up to and contributing to the conflict. The rest of the Ukraine season aims to provide timely updates on the rapidly developing situation.
Before the Bell Producers: Anna Robarts, Jane McNally, Kevin Broderick, Sam Robb O’Hagan
MPR was made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and took inspiration from Sleepy Hollow Radio.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or find MPR on instagram at @mhspublicradio.