2012Nov 10

SPAD Across the Airwaves

By SPAD Blogger Benoit Roy

SPAD students have taken over the airwaves at Laurentian University with the inaugural run of On The Sidelines, a radio talk show discussing the goings-on of professional and amateur sports.  Hosted by SPAD students Kelly Turner and Connor Stevens who are in second and third year respectively, the gentlemen sought to create an alternate avenue on which to discuss their opinions on the matters that they are so passionate about in sport.  Laurentian University’s radio channel, 96.7 CKLU, took on the project in early October where the boys are currently in business and now broadcasting their show every Wednesday at 7 PM.

“It’s something I’ve always been at ease with, and is a sort of forum for me to talk about sports with people who share my passion,” states Turner, the creator of the project.  Having been inspired by a talk made by Rogers Sportsnet personality Rob Faulds to SPAD students, Turner has created an opportunity in a field often ignored by graduates of Sports Administration.  Kelly’s interest in radio broadcasting began in high school as he hosted a similar show on a channel dedicated to young sports broadcasters.  As for Connor Stevens, his first indulgence in radio broadcasting occurred more recently.  “Kel shared his idea of starting the show through social media, and this represented a pretty unique opportunity for me to get involved in something most SPAD students or students in general don’t often do.  The show allows myself, Kel and our guest hosts to share our opinions on the subjects we’re most passionate about to an interested audience which is a really great experience.”

The guys of On The Sidelines know that “sitting in a SPAD classroom is a lot like sitting in the studio for On The Sidelines.  Everyone involved has a passion for sports, and we all love sharing our thoughts on hotly debated topics.  SPAD has broadened our knowledge of sports, and has made it easier to have intellectual conversations on a variety of sports topics,” making the radio show more engaging for the listener and comfortable for the broadcaster.   Despite the material covered in SPAD classes pertaining more towards theoretical and analytical topics in sport business, the ground work created in class sets up the hosts for turning their opinions into fact-based arguments.  Topics such as the current NHL lockout, weekly NFL picks and fantasy predictions have been covered on On The Sidelines, among other areas of interest including current news on Laurentian Athletics and SPAD Events hosted throughout the year.

SPAD students are encouraged to join Kelly, Connor, and their more frequent guest hosts Ross Wallen, Sean Meyers and Cameron Baker in the studio or through call-ins to talk about the world of sports or to provide insight into what’s going on at Laurentian and in Sports Administration.  Tune in to 96.7 CKLU in Sudbury or online at www.cklu.ca on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM and be sure to follow the show on Twitter (@0nTheSidelines) and like it on Facebook (On The Sidelines).

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