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Local radio program explores community schools

ATHENS, Ohio (June 24, 2004) -- In many rural communities, the local school is often the real center of the community. But as school districts continue to consolidate, schools are being closed, and that community space is being lost. Producer Jennifer Curry explores these issues on the next "This Time Around: Reinventing Community."

WOUB logoTune in to the WOUB Radio Network Tuesday, June 29, for "This Time Around: Reinventing Community" at 8:30 a.m., for a visit to local schools in southeastern Ohio. The show's focus is rural schools and their role in creating community taking charge of change?and inspiring our children despite the disparity of state funding and wealth between schools.

Producer Jennifer Curry interviews students and parents from Federal Hocking to get their views on the problems rural schools face. Curry also talks with George Wood, principal of Federal Hocking, and Craig Howley, an academic researcher of rural schools and communities.

The award-winning "This Time Around: Reinventing Community" is a year-long series that explores the fabric of community, how and why communities change, and what the future may hold for Appalachian Ohio. Features focus on communities within the WOUB Radio Network coverage area and includes four quarterly call-in discussion programs. A companion Web site is available at www.thistimearound.org which allows community members to interact online. "This Time Around: Reinventing Community" repeats on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. during Afternoon Edition on the WOUB Radio Network.

The Ohio University Telecommunications Center, a unit of the College of Communication, operates two television stations: WOUB-TV/Channel 20 in Athens and WOUC-TV/Channel 44 in Cambridge; one cable channel: WOUB II; and six radio stations: WOUB-1340 AM, WOUB-91.3 FM, WOUC-89.1 FM, WOUH-91.9 FM, WOUL-89.1 FM and WOUZ-90.1 FM.

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