Ball High School’s 24-hour radio station, K-TOR the Tornado, will launch three new radio stations Monday in celebration of High School Radio Day on its campus at 4115 Ave. O in Galveston.

The three new stations were a gift from internet radio entrepreneur Harold Levine and his family. In addition, the school’s audio/video production program will celebrate Levine and his family for the gift.

The program, under the direction of Media Arts Coach Mike Dudas, went live January 2017, and is a mix of community and student talk, school sports and old-time radio shows.

“High School Radio Day gives us an opportunity to show off our program and to thank all of our community partners,” Dudas said. “We will be simulcasting our broadcast on all five of our stations on Monday.”

K-TOR will broadcast a live marathon from its Anita Martini Studio from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ktorthetornado.com and on its app, which can be found in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.

The marathon will include in-studio guests, call-in guests, and other interesting features throughout the day.

Levine owned and operated three distinctly different and popular online radio stations via Live365.com: Bop Radio 1, adult contemporary music from the ’50s through the ’80s; Radio Bop, rock ’n’ roll music from the ’50s and ’60s; and Radio Swing Worldwide, big band and swing music from the ’30s and ’40s.

The gift from the Levine family included a complete studio full of audio equipment and a CD library consisting of more than 2,000 albums that recently was installed in a second radio studio at Ball High now known as the “Bop Radio Studio,” said freshman and member of the program Malu Pestana.

“I’m so grateful for my school being the recipient of such a kind gift,” Pestana said. “I know we will continue to have Mr. Levine’s legacy carry onward at Ball High and make his family really proud of us.”

Ball High School is now the only high school in the country with five 24-hour streaming radio stations operated by its students, officials said.

“I’m excited about being a member of a school program that sets us apart from other schools by students operating five unique radio stations,” Pestana said. “I’m happy to know that I attend a school that can provide opportunities to students, such as myself, who show interest in advanced media arts.”

In addition to listening to Monday’s broadcast on the aforementioned sites, the four other radio stations can be heard at live365.com.

In January 2018, Levine participated in Ball High’s Media Day to share valuable information and resources to the school’s program, Dudas said.

“Harold was a good friend of the Media Arts program at Ball High,” Dudas said. “We’re honored to receive this gift from the Levine family and being able to continue Harold’s passion for radio through our future broadcasters at Ball. Along with our other specialized programs, our radio and TV program gives students advanced real and relevant opportunities unmatched elsewhere.”

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

(4) comments

Bailey Jones

Student radio is the best! I enjoy hearing fresh young voices, music you won't hear on any corporate station, and none of the droning of those sped up hyped up commercials. And it's great training for the students.

David Schuler

Since the definition of radio is "the transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves of radio frequency, especially those carrying sound messages", you really have to listen on a laptop over WiFi for this to quality as 'radio'. Else it's an online website. But besides that, this is wonderful experience for the students, and has been for years - in the 1970's Ball High had a weekly Saturday morning program on 1540 KGBC-AM. Working with their coal-fired transmitter was a blast.

Tim Thompson

Well c'mon, that's splitting hairs, what about television, nowadays there are many "shows" (series) on places like Amazon, Netflix, they're produced exactly like television shows used to be produced but now they're streamed over the internet, the medium doesn't matter anymore, everything is digital nowadays, it's still "radio," the concept, I guess, strictly speaking, you can distinguish it between "terrestrial radio," you know, old-fashioned radio stations, with ads, etc. I dunno, think of the term "radio" like "book," there is still the old-fashioned paper book but now there are books on tape, electronic books (Kindle), etc., it's the original concept that counts, & for want of a better word, why not keep the word "radio?" it might not be broadcast so much over radio waves like in the past but it's still the same format, what would you call it instead?

Paula Flinn

GO TORS! You make us proud! Congratulations to the Radio Team and Mr. Dudas! You’re the best!

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