2017-11-02 / Front Page

Podcast featuring W-W Tiger athletes is feature of halftime show each week


Business Communications students (l-r) Anna Kate Hefner, Anna Rodriguez, Joshua Chapman, and Amaya Gresham prepare to interview Tiger football players Branden Lamar, Donovan Anthony, and Christopher McLean at a recent “Tiger Talk” production session. Business Communications students (l-r) Anna Kate Hefner, Anna Rodriguez, Joshua Chapman, and Amaya Gresham prepare to interview Tiger football players Branden Lamar, Donovan Anthony, and Christopher McLean at a recent “Tiger Talk” production session. Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Business Communications class has been creating a weekly podcast, “Tiger Talk,” an interview with W-WCHS football players aired at halftime during the live broadcast of Tiger football on Washington Radio WLOV.

“Producing Tiger Talk each week gives the students an opportunity to apply concepts learned in class to a real business situation while connecting with the community and assuming the responsibility of always doing their best work,” said Lise Kalla, teacher of the Business Communications class.

The class works in small teams which take turns creating the podcasts each week. The team picks three or four football players and develops questions concerning their preparations and feelings toward the upcoming games. One or two team members will interview, while the others direct and produce the podcast. “I enjoyed learning how to interview and making a podcast for our school,” said Business Communications student Anna Kate Hefner.

Dre Cox was one of the players interviewed on “Tiger Talk” this season. “It made me feel like I play an important role at W-WCHS as an athlete and a student,” said Cox. “It gave me a way to engage our community in our accomplishments as a team.”

Scott Lewis, who reports the game during the live broadcast on WLOV, opened the podcast opportunity for the Business Communications class by proposing the idea to the radio station last year, at Kalla’s request. Lewis, the local State Farm Insurance representative, serves as chairman of the W-WCHS Business Education Advisory Committee. “The students and I are truly grateful to Scott Lewis and WLOV for giving these students a real venue to practice business communications.”

Business Communications is a course in the Business and Technology pathway within the Georgia Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) department. Students in this course practice a variety of written and oral communications skills in the business setting.

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