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Bartlett High junior wins radio logo design contest

Designed by Bartlett High School student Luis Andrade this is new symbol for School District U46's WEPS radio station. |

Designed by Bartlett High School student Luis Andrade, this is the new symbol for School District U46's WEPS radio station. | SUBMITTED

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Updated: January 20, 2014 8:12AM

ELGIN — School District U46 radio station WEPS is back to broadcasting student-generated programming, and now it has a new logo to go with that.

U46 officials announced recently that after they invited students to enter a contest to design a new logo for the station, judges decided the best logo was designed by Luis Andrade, a junior at Bartlett High School.

U46 Superintendent Jose Torres presented a congratulatory plaque marking the achievement to Bartlett High officials during the last board of education meeting. But Andrade was not present to receive the honor personally because, school officials explained, he was working at an after-school job.

The new design shows a right hand holding a 1950s-style microphone — the type that would have been used when WEPS first went on the air — along with the station’s name, its frequency (88.9 FM) and the slogan “U-46: The Right Mix.”

As required under the contest rules, the slogan is printed in both English and Spanish.

School officials hope the new student programming, which began just last month, will consist of about a half-hour per week from each of the district’s high schools in English and another half-hour per week from each high school in Spanish.

Being produced by radio clubs at each high school, the programming is expected to range from music shows to interviews, news, sports and perhaps even some soap operas.

Torres said the logo entries were judged based on creativity, originality, composition and technique.

The new logo already has been enlarged and put on display in the radio station, which is in the “old Elgin High School building” in a section now used by the Gifford Street High School. It also will be used on WEPS stationery, on Web pages talking about the station, and on any apparel used to promote the station and its staff.

When student programs are not being aired, the station broadcasts syndicated programming from Wisconsin Public Radio.

The call letters stand for “Elgin Public Schools.” It contained much student programming for the 55 years after it began broadcasting in 1950, but budget problems and building deficiencies knocked the student-made programs off the air until they were resurrected in November.

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