Starting in early 2009, a dedicated team of Mitchell College alumni, students, faculty and staff began working on making Radio Mitchell a reality. Coordinated by Dr. Richard Lucas, Chair of the communication Department, the Radio Mitchell team worked in unison with the Administration to build an internet radio station that the entire Mitchell College community can be proud of.
•Phase I: Funding Two Mitchell College parents provided the funding necessary to start the school’s Radio Mitchell efforts. They were the Walter Rogachenko and Michael Grilli families. With their funds and some matching support from the Administration, Dr. Lucas was able to initiate the design, selection and purchase of equipment necessary for building the station and for training Mitchell students in the Department’s radio production classes. •Phase II: Support Dr. Lucas received support and assistance from several Mitchell College faculty. Fulltime faculty members Karen Ward and Andy McHugh, and adjunct faculty members Tom Peterson and George Dowker were instrumental in moving the radio project forward. Countless numbers of hours were spent in designing and building both temporary and permanent locations for the station and audio production training facilities.
The home of Radio Mitchell is on the second floor of Michael’s Dairy and the training/ classroom facility is on the third floor of the Bond House. Caruso’s Music of New London (Richard Caruso in particular) worked and donated many hours to ensure that these locations worked effectively and would meet the station’s current and future needs. •Phase III: Dedication, Enthusiasm and Hard Work As with all projects, there are specific individuals who make a difference with their hard work and enthusiasm. Four Mitchell College students deserve recognition for their steadfastness and dedication. The first three are:
◦Walter Rogachenko Jr. (Mitchell 2010), provided unending enthusiasm and helped to establish the station’s initial operating guidelines. ◦Dan Erhart and Justin Hammett (Mitchell 2011) worked on the initial design, testing and construction of the training stations and broadcast equipment. They also assisted by orienting/coaching other students in the use of the equipment. ◦The fourth student, who joined Mitchell as a freshman in Fall 2010, is John McGowan (Mitchell 2014). John deserves special recognition for the knowledge and creativity that he brought to the project. His background in radio and audio production and his intense focus and energy acted as catalysts that drove the project to completion. John revitalized the Radio Mitchell Club on campus and coaches many students in radio techniques and programming.