McDonogh high school students start radio show

NEW ORLEANS Students from John McDonogh Senior High School have begun a monthly radio broadcast live from the school on the WBOK 1230 AM show “Crosstown Currents” with host Jeanne Nathan.

The show airs at 10 a.m. Thursdays.

McDonogh students are helping the radio staff produce, host and broadcast the show once a month, as well as operate a camera and equipment that will allow the audience to view the program on the internet via Livestream, Nathan said.

The initiative, called Creative Futures, is designed to help students learn about career opportunities in the creative industries, she said.

In the first segment Jan. 17, students interviewed their principal, Marvin Thompson, and then talked about their upcoming participation in Carnival as musicians, dancers, cheerleaders and JROTC cadets.

“This opportunity to hear the voices of John McDonogh students is more important than ever since a major documentary to be presented on the Oprah network has chosen to emphasize a decade-old violent event as the opening context for the show,” Nathan said. “This has angered students who have worked hard with the school’s new charter management to turn things around.”