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College students star on new radio show

College students star on new radio show
  • On November 10, 2021

By Arianne Olayinka
Staff Writer

“The Roundup” is a new, innovative student news radio show based out of East Lansing. Each episode consists of rotating student panelists from local college news organizations. 

The show’s first broadcast aired on Michigan State University’s Impact 88.9 FM last Sunday, Nov. 7. The show will air every two weeks, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on The Impact. It is also available via podcast here.

“The Roundup” host is Nick Saba, the student news producer of The Impact 88.9 FM.

“(‘The Roundup’ originated from) the culmination of leaders from The State News, The Lookout, Focal Point and The Impact, all wanting to form a collaborative news show,” Saba said. “Each organization has its own news format and brings its own style to the East Lansing community.”

An aim of the 30-minute show is to bring together all of the different experiences and opinions from each media outlet into one setting.

“We want to discuss local news at more (than) just face value,” Saba said. “We will be taking deeper looks at pertinent stories, and voice different opinions from around Lansing. The goal is to get people talking and learning about news that may affect them the most.”

In addition to Saba, the premier episode’s roster included two other MSU students: Drew Goretzka, campus investigative reporter for The State News; and Hunter Gadwell, Focal Point news producer. Julie Newell, the editor in chief of The Lookout, represented Lansing Community College.

“(The first episode) went really well,” Newell said. “It was a new experience for me. I’ve never done a radio show before. It went really smoothly. Everyone was great, we had a good time and I really enjoyed it.”

Newell shared her thoughts about the show.

“I think this was a good idea,” Newell said. “There hasn’t been anything out there like this. I think it’s really cool that we can get together all of the different media outlets- not just from MSU, but also from LCC.”

Future episodes will feature different students from each of the news organizations involved. Each student brings their own topic for the round-table discussion. Additionally, there will be a new guest speaker for each episode.

“Each organization will be bringing their own guest on alternating weeks,” Saba said. “Hopefully it will be someone with expertise in the main subject for a given episode.”

People interested in contacting the show can contact Nick Saba at or call the office at (517) 884-8900.

“I encourage everyone to send episode topics or ideas they care about,” Saba said. “This show is meant for everyone in and around Lansing, and we always want outside info. Make sure to tune in whenever you can.”

The next airing of the show is Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.