EL DORADO — Butler Community College Radio students participated in the 10th annual World College Radio Day by hosting 12 hours of live programming on KBTL 88.1 The Grizz on Oct. 2.
KBTL is one of over 600 college radio stations across the world to participate and is being recognized for participating in all 10 years.
In addition to live musical programming, talk show programs welcomed guests. Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Southwest 2020, shared about the Miss America Organization’s college scholarship programs. Bonn also discussed her upcoming "Women in STEAM Week" Gala which will be held virtually this year October 12th - 18th.
The goal of World College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world. By encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio, to do so on this day, World College Radio Day helps celebrate the important contribution of college radio.
According to their website, "The organizers of College Radio Day believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved in its programming believe passionately in its mission."
The first College Radio Day occurred in the USA, Canada and Jamaica in October 2011 when 365 college radio stations came together for the very first time. The current annual event has evolved from that beginning to include college radio stations from more than 30 countries around the world.