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Cardinal Radio restarts after two- year hiatus

(Left to right) Freshman Asher Donnelly, freshman Cameron Schultz, sophomore Dryden Pierce, freshman Fara Bommarito, and freshman Mariah Baker are all current members of the recently revitalized Cardinal Radio RSO. Vanguard Photographer | Ryan Pelletier

Cardinal Radio is officially broadcasting once more after a nearly two-year hiatus on account of COVID.

Prior to the pandemic, the RSO was successfully streaming a long list of student-run shows ranging from sports and political commentary to many music-oriented options.

The decision to begin streaming again was made by the RSO’s former president, public administration freshman Spencer Calhoun. “My friends and I wanted something fun to do together and we thought that restarting Cardinal Radio was going to be good for the university and for us,” Calhoun said.

The task of bringing the RSO together again became more complicated as time passed, with more former members graduating with every semester.

Calhoun began recruiting new members and soon chose secondary education major Cameron Schultz as his vice president.

“[Calhoun] thought that it would be an amazing way to connect with fellow students from all different walks of life,” Schultz said.

While streaming to CardinalRadio.com began again intermittently during the Fall 2021 semester, a post made to the RSO’s Facebook page on Jan. 4, made the news official saying Cardinal Radio “is in full (effect)” and “back like never before.”

With the new semester came more changes for the RSO as Calhoun stepped down as president, choosing political science freshman Fara Bommarito to take his place.

Bommarito has many ideas for where she wants to take Cardinal Radio.

“As the new president, I really want to get Cardinal Radio back to being involved in on-campus activities, and back to streaming consistently over several platforms like Twitch, and Mixlr,” Bommarito said.

So far, there are four weekly shows that students can look forward to tuning into.

For those interested in strictly music, Valley Vibes airs Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and The Record Lounge airs Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for sports commentary, Check the Score airs Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Tony’s Game Time airs Friday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Schultz emphasized that the RSO is still growing and that its leadership is currently working on more shows.

Schultz had words of encouragement for any students interested in starting a show.

“There (are) no worries if they have no experience,” Schultz said. “We are just starting back up and everyone was just a beginner [once]. I would love the idea of having a lot of people joining Cardinal Radio.”

Bommarito had similar reassurances for those who are interested in participating, but nervous at the idea of being on-air.

“Stepping outside of your comfort zone is what makes life fun and exciting,” Bommarito said. “If being on-air is something you want to try, step out of your comfort zone and do it.”

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