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Long-time broadcast instructor retires from New Albany High School

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man who helped a student-run radio station take off, is hanging up his headphones after 40 years.


Lee Kelly has helped a student-run radio station grow into much more, leaving a lasting impression on his students.

"He's been really great, he'll give you his opinions but he lets you express yourself and he shows you ways to do bigger and better things," said Drew Hirsh, a senior at New Albany High School.

Drew takes to the booth in WNAS. It hit the air in 1949, making it the first student-run FM high school radio station in the country.

Much of this equipment dates back 64 years, when the station started. Lee Kelly stepped into this role, as a teacher and program manager in 1973.

"We created a monster accidentally, when I came we were on from 8:20 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon then we shut it all down and went home," said Kelly.

Now they're on-air 24 hours a day, added a TV studio, and are live streaming on the web.
Lee Kelly is ready to step aside, and let someone else take the station to the next level.

Kelly says, "I'll miss the kids, I think that's one of the things that has kept me thinking young. It's been a great 40 years, I can't believe its been that long but it's been fabulous."

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