College radio breaks barrier

first_imgINDUSTRY – It’s 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and the news goes live on Radio American Living. “Good evening. Welcome to our bilingual newscast,” says anchor Jessica Zhu, in Mandarin. With Zhu on one side and co-anchor Daniel Raymond on the other, the news begins in Mandarin and ends in English. Flip-flopping every couple of sentences, the bilingual show is the first of its kind, according to station manager Tyson Chang. Making it possible are four interns from Mt. San Antonio College. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Primarily a Chinese-language station, Radio American Living needed English speakers to co-anchor the shows. It found them in Mike Cioffi, 22, and Raymond, 47, both broadcast students at Mt. SAC, who lend their voices Monday through Friday for a live show at 5 p.m. and a taped segment that airs at 11 p.m. Vivian Cheng, 22, often acts as the Chinese anchor, and Victoria Goh, 20, mans the sound board. Running about six to eight minutes, the newscast includes two local stories, two national stories and two international stories, with an emphasis on news out of China and Taiwan. Ten minutes before the 5 p.m. show, Raymond and Zhu run through their lines. Back and forth, the news smoothly transitions from Mandarin to English and back to Mandarin again. For beginning anchors, the slower pace of the bilingual format is easier to adapt to, said Goh. Students said the semester- long internship is a great chance to learn, and not just because it’s the only station broadcasting in these two languages. “Students never get on-air internships,” Cioffi said. “It’s very valuable experience.” Raymond added: “Lots of radio stations have interns, but you’re doing sales or out on the street handing out bumper stickers.” Chang said he doesn’t mind putting students on air. “It doesn’t bother us if they’re professional or students,” he said. “If they’re good, they’re on air.” In addition, the bilingual newscast fits well with the station’s profile, Chang said. “We put stress on education and community service. We have programs for English learning, Spanish learning,” he said. Listeners have said they like both languages because it improves their English and “they understand many journalistic terms in English,” Chang said. Radio American Living broadcasts can be heard throughout Southern California. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more