2017-04-22 / The Bullhorn

RCS alum finding success at ASU

By Delaney Sullivan
Bullhorn Editor

Maggie Harper Maggie Harper Maggie Harper, a 2015 Roxboro Community School (RCS) graduate, has been named news director at Appalachian State University’s radio station, 90.5, WASU.

Harper was a member of the RCS journalism class for three years.

“I definitely didn’t grow up dreaming of broadcasting.

“I was 15-years-old, sitting in Phyliss Boatwright’s journalism class at RCS when she first asked if anyone would be interested in interning at WKRX 96.7, Roxboro’s local radio station,” said Harper.

“I jumped at the chance, still not knowing exactly what inside me made me want to volunteer that day.

“I began working every weekend at WKRX, even after my high school graduation. I became one of the WKRX family members and I will always be especially grateful for WKRX’s Dave Bradsher Sr. for taking a chance on me all those years ago.

“If Ms. Boatwright and Mr. Bradsher were not pushing me so hard in high school, I would not be where I am today in radio,” Harper said. In the spring of 2016, Harper took a semesterlong course about the broadcast industry and how to handle radio equipment.

Since finishing the course, Harper has been an on-air DJ for two semesters.

She said that her love for broadcasting came from her love for journalism.

“I love working with people who love and respect the position media holds as much as I do.

“I just really wanted to leave my mark at WASU and I knew that I could do so by applying for the news director position.”

Harper continued, “The news director does so, so much. Maybe over 30 hours of work a week.”

Her new position includes covering for people who don’t come in to record their segments, making sure everything is aired on time and in order, and writing and recording her own stories and segments.

Harper said she works closely with the sports department and social media department to share the pressing stories with the public.

She added that she definitely sees a career in radio in her future, either as an on-air DJ, or being involved with broadcast production.

Harper is an electronic media and broadcasting major with double minors in political science and commercial photography.

“I would not be where I am today without Boatwright and RCS.

“RCS produces students who are beyond prepared for the real world,” Harper said.

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