SLAM Foundation announced today that, for the first time in broadcast radio history, high school students will produce and present national programming with the launch of SLAM Radio, a 24/7/365 student-run channel that will air on SiriusXM radio. The innovative educational-professional model will begin as a pilot program at the Miami-based Sports Leadership Arts and Management (SLAM) charter school network.
With a focus on sports, entertainment and journalism, SLAM Radio will align with SLAM’s mission to provide students with an introduction to the sports media industry as part of its college-preparatory curriculum. Between 30 and 60 junior and senior high-school students will launch the project and develop programming content as part of the pre-production process. Plans also call for a morning show to anchor the channel hosted by Larry “The Amigoâ” Milian, a sports radio personality and longtime host of “The Dos Amigos Show” in Miami.
Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, co-founder and Brand Ambassador for the SLAM charter school network said, “It’s an honor for SLAM to embark on this project on SiriusXM as part of its journey to expand beyond the 305 to schools located across the country.”
“SiriusXM is pleased to provide the SLAM Foundation with the opportunity to program a channel that will benefit students and help prepare them for their professional futures,” said Dave Gorab, Vice President and General Manager of Talk Programming, SiriusXM. Expected to launch in Fall 2018, SLAM Radio programming will be available on the Sirius platform, online at siriusxm.com, and via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other connected devices.
“SLAM charter schools are honored to work with SiriusXM,” said Rene F. Ruiz, SLAM co-founder and President of the SLAM Foundation. “SLAM Radio is an impressive and innovative model for student learning that will complement our rigorous academic standards by offering students exciting real-world experiences.”
Plans to launch SLAM Radio began in Fall 2017 with the development of a yearlong pre-production timeline encompassing educational, technical and financial responsibilities. Designed to equip students with professional-level skills and resources prior to beginning on-air broadcasts in Fall 2018, pre-production will include integrating a new course focused on professional standards into the pilot school’s existing multimedia production curriculum, which enables students to earn both high school and college credit; enhancing its already-impressive production facilities; and planning for a capital campaign to raise funds for new production facilities at other SLAM campuses across the country.
“SLAM Radio will make radio history by providing high school students with access to the day-to-day activities of running a professional radio channel,” said Milian, who will also serve as student advisor for SLAM Radio on SiriusXM. “This national platform will positively affect the industry and those aspiring to pursue careers in the fields of radio and communications.”