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Bluebeard Radio, produced and directed by students at Pine
Tree High School, kicked off a student-produced musical
radio program Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The show is heard
on several area radio stations across East Texas, chief
among them KZQX FM 100.3 based in Lake Cherokee and owned by
The decade specific radio show can be heard on Sunday
evenings, and Pine Tree Audio Visual instructor Allen Morris
is working with Conrad and others to make it where the show
can streamed on demand as well.
The show is themed and features music and information from
the decades of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in
chronological order; decade by decade.
“I am super excited about all of the different possibilities
that we have with the radio show,” Morris, the producer of
the show, said. “Not only are we producing a final product
that the public can appreciate, but we are learning a
multitude of skills.”
He added the members of the team are learning to evaluate
their work and look for ways to improve it. “They are
learning how to ‘ReadSearch’ meaningful content,” he added.
“That is, the students select topics of interest to them,
read about it and then write about it from a listener’s
point of view.”
He also said the short historical essays are then either
read by the student or a voice actor. Following that
production students do all of the engineering work with the
music and vocals.
“The current format of the show is to present the best music
from different decades and sweeten it with historical
essays,” Morris said.
And, even the students are enjoying the experience, even if
it means producing a show that includes music from an era
before their parents were born.
"I enjoy being part of an audio production class, for being
heard creates a sense of being important in others lives,”
Senior Jake Norrell said. “It is also beneficial to ‘broaden
my horizons’ in all areas, which include audio
production." Others had a similar but slightly different
point of view.
“I love it! Being able to explore music deeper and show
people the pure joy of sound at its finest is exhilarating,”
Daniel Henson, sophomore, said. “Plus sharing that feeling
with thousands of other people is amazing. Music isn't just
a sounds its emotion, talent, ideas, and creativity all
wrapped up in one big candy bar that you just got to enjoy
eating rather than stuff it in your face and move onto the
Students are also excited to be the pioneers of a radio
show, and they feel it is something that will go on for a
"I'm quite excited to be working on this monumental
project, seeing as it is the first attempt Pine Tree has
made at a radio broadcast show,” Joel Ramirez, sophomore,
said. “I'm certain that over time Bluebeard Radio will be a
success, because this crew will shoot for nothing but the
Students are finding the radio show is something they can
produce and then go home and listen to with other members of
their family, whether it is parents, grandparents or other
older members of their family.
“The best part about being on the radio show is that I get
to have fun and still be able to record this show that I can
listen to with my parents,” Zachary Blaine, sophomore, said.
“It's great because then my friends hear me and give their
own little criticisms so I can improve my quality of
Students have realized that producing a radio show that is
of good quality and worth people’s time to take an hour out
of their busy week is not easy work and is challenging each
and every day.
"Good work is not cheap, Cheap work is not good is what I
have realized in this class,” Senior Jesus Sifuente said.
“If you want good work you have to put in the time and
effort. If you do cheap work or slack off then the final
product will not be good.”
Other students are just excited for the opportunity to
produce something that is different and can reach a huge
“I feel like this puts me way ahead of many others,” Quay
Ward, senior, said. “I am learning about things that others
don’t. It’s a fun opportunity that most people won’t get to
experience. I hope that Bluebeard Radio show is one day
recognized by a lot of people everywhere and just knowing
that I helped start that is a reward all in itself.”
Conrad is glad to allow the students to have this
experience and said their work will be heard by radio
listeners in Longview, Kilgore, Henderson, Tyler,
Jacksonville, Carthage and Marshall.
“I am pleased with the work thus far, and I feel they will
continue to learn and make this show much better for the
listening audience,” he said. “ I am excited to see just how
far this radio show can go.”
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