Cardinal Radio is a small organization with big plans.
It is a student-run internet radio station located in Curtiss 234.
The station is a service only available at SVSU, although members are working to make it worldwide. It can be found at www.svsuworldwide.com.
Cardinal Radio’s slogan is “We Have a Radio Station?” because many students and staff are unaware of its existence.
Members are working double-time to change that.
A second public relations director has been appointed to its e-board to help the radio station get its name out there.
Members sell T-shirts and pass out buttons on campus.
Newly created business cards are being passed out, which members hope will lead to an increase in listeners.
“Just doing the business cards alone is a big step for us,” said Michele Yambrick, communications senior and public relations director.
From 7 p.m. until midnight Friday, Feb. 17, Cardinal Radio is hosting a free concert in the Thompson Student Activities Room as another way to get noticed. Campus and semi-local bands will perform.
Since there is no advertising base, the organization’s main moneymaker is its mobile DJ-ing service. Other RSOs can request music.
Last semester they provided music at events such as Marketplace at Doan’s 90’s day and PHE’s relaxation night.
Tony Cianciolo, secondary education major and president, said that the organization is always seeking new members.
Students pursuing any major are able to join as long as they have an interest in radio.
“You don’t have to be going into radio to join radio,” Cianciolo said.
Current members’ majors range from mechanical engineering to creative writing.
New members are required to complete a simple training that includes watching a PowerPoint presentation and learning how to use the equipment.
Upon completion they are given a one- to two-hour time slot to be a DJ on the station.
DJs have the freedom to choose what they wish to do during their airtime.
There is a segment on the station that deals with relationship issues and another that plays music from video games.
Aaron Zaremski, creative writing sophomore and vice president, said Cardinal Radio provides students a chance to express themselves.
“Just as long as you have an idea for a show and you want to put it out there, you’re more than welcome to do it,” Zaremski said.
Zaremski has had a passion for music and was happy to find out that a radio station existed on campus. He feels that he has really grown as a person through Cardinal Radio.
“It politely forces you out of your shell,” he said.
Cianciolo said the members of Cardinal Radio are like a big family. He met some of his closest friends through the organization.
“Some of us are loud. Some of us are quiet,” Cianciolo said. “We are a group of random people and we all get along.”