Citadel Pi Sigma Alpha goes live
The Citadel Beta Iota chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is using streaming internet audio to broadcast news and information to both its members and the public. PSARadio is a 24-hour-a-day Web cast that will replay a prerecorded program produced by cadet members of Pi Sigma Alpha. In addition to society news, the program includes news of public policy and general interest items of a political science nature as well as all U.S. presidential addresses for a given month in their entirety.
Maj. John C. Kuzenski, associate professor of political science, conceived the idea. Kuzenski is the faculty advisor for the Beta Iota chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha and the editor for the societys national newsletter. With fifteen years of radio experience and his own radio station that he began as a hobby, internet audio was a natural idea to incorporate into his work with Pi Sigma Alpha.
"Its a great way to get the word out," Kuzenski explained. "This is the first time, to our knowledge, that a national academic honor society (or any similar type of group for that matter) has used radio, or more correctly, streaming internet audio, to broadcast news and information to both its members and to a general lay audience worldwide. In that respect, both Pi Sigma Alpha and The Citadel have made history."
Executive director of Pi Sigma Alpha, Professor James Lengle of Georgetown, is excited about the possibilities the program offers for the society: "This is an innovative service that is going to help Pi Sigma Alpha immensely. . . in terms of member contact, recruitment, service programs to the discipline of political science and beyond. We are excited about the future of PSARadio, and [Professor Kuzenski and Beta Iota chapter] are to be credited highly for such forward thinking."
Although the program is still in its infancy, Kuzenski has big plans for its expansion. He has secured an agreement with Vanderbilt University to air segments of the universitys InterVU program, which features academicians and newsmakers of the day discussing their works or studies. Kuzenski also plans to air Supreme Court oral arguments available through Northwestern Universitys Oyez Project.
The station debuted Saturday, March 3, 2001, on the Live 265.com servers in Foster City, Calif., and is accessible by any internet-connected computer with a 56K modem or better at http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/directory.cgi?autostart=pisigalpha.