By William Hernandez
Students who are enrolled in Broadcasting 15 are able to take part in East Los Angeles College’s own radio station KELA and go behind the microphone to record their own 30-minute radio shows.
With KELA radio up and running, the next goal will be to get a 24-hour television station called KELA TV.
“My long term goal is to get a large grant to be able to acquire up to date studio and camera equipment necessary for serious filming,” Boradcasting instructor Jason Beaton said.
For now, KELA TV can be seen via Youtube at “ELACBROADCASTING.”
After each show is produced and edited, it airs at a set time everyday.
KELA streams around the clock online at www.elac.edu/kela or on the mobile application TUNE-IN.
The students enrolled are guided by Beaton, also known as “Mr.B.” He is a broadcasting veteran who has worked for several Los Angeles radio stations as a disc jockey and anchor for over 25 years .
Among the people Beaton has worked for are Huggy Boy, Art Laboe and Mucho Morales in oldies radio. There is a special connection with ELAC and Beaton.
“East LA was one of our prime listening areas and many of my students’ parents listened to what I was playing before they were even born,” Beaton said.
KELA has been on the air for the past few years under Beaton’s guidance and direction, recording in a professional type studio on the 4th floor of the E-7 Technology Building.
“It’s all about the voices of KELA, the students. They work very hard at this coming in as early as 6 a.m. to record their show, then it takes another hour to edit, but they enjoy doing the work,” Beaton said.
Program director of KELA Aldo Medina has produced for KELA the past 4 semesters enrolling in the class based off of his friends encouragement.
“My friends told me I should try it out because of my voice that I would sound good, so I was looking for schools that offered broadcasting classes. ELAC was one of them and since I’ve been here, I haven’t looked back,” Medina said.
Every show is recorded using the advanced multi track sound editing program called Cool Edit Pro. With it, each show can have its own unique sweepers and liners to sound as good as possible.
Each student has a wide choice of music genres to play, whether it is oldies, classic rock and hip-hop. Students have the privilege to play their personal music as long as improper content is edited and approved by the Federal Communications Commission.
Along with Medina, who has taken the Broadcasting 15 class several times, many of Beaton’s students return semester after semester even after transferring. They enjoy the class and recording for KELA.
Benjamin Menjivar is another returning student. His current programed show “Hancholo & Beasty Ben” is one of the longer running shows playing a collection of classic rock’s best hits.
“When I first started, I just did it for the experience, but as the semesters go by, I have learned to better my shows. What keeps me coming back is the music. A lot of people are into the new modern rock, but for me classic rock is where it all started,” Menjivar said.
Being apart of KELA is as simple as enrolling next semester in the Broadcasting 15 class, however, space will be limited.