Vail Mountain School’s DJs hit the air waves |

Vail Mountain School’s DJs hit the air waves

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyRadio production students Sally Ryerson, left, and Rachael Riley edit their broadcasts Thursday at Vail Mountian School.

VAIL, Colorado ” DJ Rachael Riley will soon be blowing our minds with the musical stylings of Dredg, Metro Station and Killswitch Engage.

She’s one of several students at Vail Mountain High School learning how to record, edit and produce their own radio shows, which will start airing next week on Radio Free Minturn.

And if you don’t immediately recognize her taste in music, like Deltron 3030, a supergroup of hip hop artists and DJs obsessed with the future, that’s the point. She hopes to educate you a little.

“I want to show people music they may not know, open their minds,” Riley said. “I wrote a script, and I’ll try to inform people about the band, little facts.”

Producing a radio show is not easy, say eighth graders Davey Honda and Tommy Travers. Along with picking out music, they had to record interviews with teachers and staff at Vail Mountain School for feature stories, and they had to record a public service announcement.

All that information had to be crunched on a computer into a smooth, hour-long show that someone would actually want to hear.

“You have to edit bad words out of songs, cut everything to the right length, make sure everything flows well,” Honda said.

Honda and Travers produced a show featuring rap and electronic music, a mixture they call “raptronica,” and music from the movie “Juno.” They recorded a public service announcement letting people know about baby story time at the Avon Library.

Sally Ryerson will spin tunes by Rise Against, Black Audio and AFI. She’ll also be telling all of Radio Free Minturn’s listeners about the importance of using bear-proof trash cans.

It’s taken about 12 weeks for the students to finish their shows, said Leo Spaziani, program director at Radio Free Minturn.

The kids spent time learning radio history, how to conduct effective interviews, what makes a good script and how to use the computer programs and technology, like digital recorders.

Check it out

Listen to Radio Free Minturn, 107.9 FM, starting Tuesday at 8 p.m. for the first airing of shows produced by students at Vail Mountain School. Every Tuesday, Radio Free Minturn will air an additional two productions.

For more information about Radio Free Minturn, show schedule and DJ application, visit

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or

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