College of the Desert’s (COD) student-run radio station, KCOD received a large donation from American pianist, composer and radio broadcaster John Tesh, and film and television actress Connie Sellecca on Dec. 3, 2011 at an Intercollegiate Broadcasting Service (IBS) Conference in Los Angeles.
Two COD faculty advisors, and 4 students attended the West Coast Music and Radio Industry Conference. Students learned about running a college radio station, new technologies and livestreaming. John Tesh was one of the panelists. Tesh and Sellecca donated a professional sound board, two iMac computers and a one-year subscription of livestreaming service by IBS Backbone, valued at $2,700.
This recent donation will help students create multimedia content, schedule automated programs, conduct live shows, cover remote events, and stream over the Internet. “This donation will take our college radio station to the next level,” said KCOD faculty advisor Laurilie Jackson. “The students are very excited and grateful for this very generous donation."
Tesh hosts a nationally syndicated radio program called “Intelligence for Your Life."
KCOD Radio is College of the Desert’s first radio station. Launched in Spring 2011, the station has generated tremendous interest from students, broadcast professionals, potential sponsors, local politicians and the surrounding community. KCOD operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shows range from unique music genres, cultural commentary and comedy.
In the few months KCOD has been “on the air,” students have formed a professional staff, been able to operate 5 days a week, and created and maintained a website kcodradio.org, which has drawn hits from all over the world.