Fifth graders at Edwin Anderson Elementary in Wilmington have a lot to be proud of today. The students launched their own radio show. The nine fifth graders call themselves The Pelican Crew, named after their school mascot. They broadcast songs, tell jokes, deliver school news and even some local and national news. They may give us a run for our money. Behind the scenes, are nine eager fifth graders, putting together an hour-long daily radio show. “This is a good opportunity for the parents to actually hear the news and what the students are supposed to be doing,” said Rachel or ‘DJ Ray’ as she is known. "We get to search and do our own news and then report it because you know every kid has always wanted to be on the radio, like they listen to the radio and they're like oh, sounds like they're having fun on there,” added Ryan or ‘DJ RK’. Each has a different job, from DJ's and news reporters, to technicians and production managers. "It's probably one of the most important jobs because you pick the music that goes on the actual radio station,” said Dylan who is the music manager. Parents can hear the broadcast within two hundred yards of the school. It airs just in time for them to pick up their kids. "A great way to get announcements out about the school, what's going on like fun day, and the picnics, and award ceremonies and stuff, it's a great way to get that information out to the parents,” said parent Barb Hollandsworth. The equipment used to broadcast the radio show is minimal; a laptop, a microphone, Windows Media Player, and a simple editing system. Thursday was the first broadcast, so the Pelican Crew gave parents some friendly reminders to tune in. "It’s been a good opportunity to know what I want to do when I grow up, and it's really fun to work with all my friends and computers and how to and learn how to edit and use all these tools that we use,” said Lance who is a technician for the Pelican Crew. Anderson Elementary already has a television show they broadcast every morning throughout the school. Nearly all of the Pelican Crew said this radio show has inspired them to pursue careers in communications.
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