Published: Thursday, October 9, 2003
“We throw stones” is the theme of Glass House Radio, and the hosts have no problem telling others exactly how they feel on various issues.
“Glass House Radio was created to educate and infiltrate the minds of young people so they can spread their genius to the world,” said Howard graduate student Josh Peltier, a radio personlity known as Dynamite Soul Brother.
Although Peltier and the other hosts admit they have their own flaws and are not perfect, they are committed to helping to stimulate youth expression through the nation’s first college Internet talk radio station .
The station is operated completely by students, with the exception of its founder and executive producer, Vickey Saunders, an assistant professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard.
Although the station is now in full swing, it took an enormous amount of work to get the station to its current position.
“All types of test shows and demo streaming were conducted,” Saunders said. “The station is still new. Although we have worked through many kinks with the technology and the laws for streaming, we still are growing and adapting as time progresses.”
Saunders did research for more than two years before the station’s launch in January 2003, once realizing the need for a program for college students to share their thoughts.
“I felt like the Internet was a new technology and students being young also, the two could come together,” Saunders said.
The station has five shows that air throughout the week, including “Blunt Talk,” a show that discusses political conspiracy and the paranormal; “The Rough Cut,” a morning news show with a punch; and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which explores sex and the college student.
All the shows are underlined with humor and are open to issues the listeners would like to discuss.
“Our shows bring out the positive and hit the facts,” Peltier said. “We discuss anything from love to aliens to politics, anything the people want to talk about. Our No. 1 goal is to bring news to our listeners.”
The newest project slated for the station is a revamped soap opera entitled “Private Conversations: A Pop Anthem.” The show will use lyrics from old rhythm and blues songs to tell stories of relationships. Real actors will be used to let listeners hear things that they would not normally hear concerning a relationship, with past hits relaying the tale.
Students are encouraged to log onto the latest outlet for college students. The station can be accessed at glasshouseradio.com and is free to the public. No special software is needed.
Glass House Radio is on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Whether one of our shows is airing, music is playing or a previous show is on, Glass House Radio is on the airwaves,” Saunders said.
Although Saunders continues to pay the monthly bills for the station out of her pocket, she expressed gratitude to President H. Patrick Swygert for a grant Glass House Radio received to purchase new equipment.
Glass House Radio is conducting a nationwide publicity campaign to inform universities around the country of the station and to recruit campus correspondents.
“We really want campus reporters, ideally, at each university in the United States,” Saunders said. “Students will be able to know what’s going on at UCLA, Spelman and Princeton. This is not just for African Americans, but all in this particular demographic.”
Students of Howard University are welcome to work with Glass House Radio. Those with musical and poetic talents can also be a part of the station. Saunders said that any student with creativity, integrity, a sense of humor and energy is urged to take part in this latest collegiate technology at Howard.
“This will grow into something larger than I imagined as the creativity of youth will take over,” she said.