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Students Learn Radio And Oldies

Usher and Britney Spears sing the hit songs that today's generation prefers. But the oldies are not forgotten. One East Texas high school uses a radio production that plays the music of the 30's and 40's as a lesson for today.

"I'm Jade Lewis, a junior in the 4th period advanced broadcast journalism class of Carthage high school," Jade makes her announcement as her classmates record it.

Right now the students in the video journalism class are studying not video, but radio. Though they take an active role in production in writing scripts and recording, they don't always have an appreciation for the music they're sharing.

"They're not always crazy about the music. This is the music of the 30's, the 40's and we even go back to the 20's," says teacher Donnie Pitchford.

"I like some of the ones that have the jokes in it. I like some of the Bing Crosby too," says senior Chris Caldwell.

The students have learned about research, broadcasting and certainly a music that is not forgotten. The Carthage high school students began their Golden Age of Radio program in October. They've received e-mails from listeners as far away as Ohio, who pick up the program via the Internet.

Amy Tatum, reporting.

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