|RADIO CORONATION TO BE ON THE AIR THURSDAY MARCH 29|
MONTREAL, MARCH 13, 2001- Excitement is building at Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges for an eleven hour radio show on March 29 at the Van Horne Avenue school (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Radio Coronation will be broadcast live on Radio Centre-Ville (102.3 FM) in English, French and Tamil.
This project, entitled Radio Enfant, is supported by Industry Canada’s SCHOOLNET, the Quebec Ministry of Education and École Montrealaise of the Island School Council. Of the nine schools in the Montreal area which are part of Radio Enfant, Coronation is the only English participant.
Work began on this project as far back as last year when EMSB Multi-Media Administrator Maureen Baron pitched the idea of creating and performing a radio show to the school’s administration and governing board. The teachers and students began working on their show’s content in November.
While the entire school is involved with the project, it is being spearheaded by Principal Diane Wood Nolan, Vice-Principal Michael Talevi and seven Grade 6 teachers (Esther Alcime, Marja Coady, Giovanna Maimone, Maria Antonakakis, Marianne Schottenfeld. Fadila Amiri, and Pamela Price,) and their pupils. The student reporters will be interviewing the likes of EMSB Director General Charley E.E. Levy, comedien Gregory Charles and teachers. The school’s Steel Band, as well as the combined staff/parent choir known as the Coronation Chorale, will also perform. The students will prepare mini-documentaries, commentaries, and news items. The younger students will perform radio plays, songs and comedy routines. Assistance is also being provided by the Concordia University Music Department and students from the Conordia Journalism Program who are working with the younger pupils on how to speak on radio.
Concordia's Music Department will be recording the Steel Band and the staff/parent Coronation Chorale. "It is remarkable," says Mrs. Wood Nolan, "how our Grade 6 students in particular have grown to appreciate the work of radio. I have no doubt many of them are already dreaming of a career in this field."
Michael J. Cohen