Detroit Public Schools launches two new radio programs; "DPS Backstage" and "Inside DPS" increase student programming on WRCJ 90.9 FM

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Detroit Public Schools will expand opportunities for students to learn and build on their multimedia skills in a professional setting with the launch of two new radio shows on WRCJ 90.9 FM this month.

WRCJ FM, which is owned by DPS and managed in a partnership with Detroit Public Television, is home of the existing “Detroit Public Schools Radio Program,” a 60-minute news variety show produced by students at the Detroit School of Arts.

“This is an opportunity for interested students to advance the training they are receiving in their classes,” said Donald Walker, director of production and education for Detroit Public Schools/WRCJ FM 90.9. “They are looking forward to exploring all that DPS has to offer and using their skills to showcase the great things happening in Detroit Public Schools.”

“Detroit Public Schools Radio Program” will kick off its new season with a brand new episode at 7 p.m. Wednesday October 6. The show will feature DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb discussing the direction of the district, as well as features on DPS athletics, alumni and more.

“DPS Backstage,” a monthly, hour-long showcase of arts in the district, will debut at 7 p.m. Wednesday October 13 and air on the second Wednesday of each month.

“Inside DPS,” a 30-minute, bi-weekly news program, will premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday October 24. A new episode will air on Sunday Oct. 31, with subsequent episodes airing biweekly after that.

All three DPS programs will give students interested in broadcast media careers hands-on training, allowing them to work alongside professional technicians and broadcast staff as they produce the new programs. The shows will also provide a showcase for DPS news as well as accomplishments by students and staff.

“We’re pleased to be able to present these new student productions,” said WRCJ Station Manager Dave Devereaux. “Listeners will discover that there are many talented students and great things happening in Detroit Public Schools.”

Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television last fall signed a five-year agreement that includes having DPTV manage the district-owned WRCJ 90.9 FM radio station, resulting in greatly increased revenue for the district and a 200 percent increase in the time that DPS-run and student-produced radio shows will be aired.

Detroit Public Schools is incurring fewer costs for management of the classical/jazz station and expects to see increased revenue and combined cost-savings amounting to about $1.5 million over five years.

More than 200,000 people listen to WRCJ, a listener supported public radio station, each week for its daytime Classical and nighttime Jazz music, according to

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