Chieftain Roll Call spotlights BHS Amateur Radio

Chieftain Roll Call spotlights BHS Amateur Radio
Posted on 04/10/2022
Neil Kauffman (left) and Simon Kauffman

The ninth episode of “Chieftain Roll Call” has been released.

The Bellefontaine High School Key Club launched the new podcast in January.

The weekly show focuses on BHS Athletics and student organizations.

The most recent show features Bellefontaine City Schools Gifted Coordinator Angie Horvath and two members of the BHS Amateur Radio Club.

Horvath was joined by junior Neil Kauffman and freshman Simon Kauffman.

The Kauffmans detailed how the club was started by their brother, Evan Kauffman, last spring.

Last year, Evan put together a plan for BCS students to make radio contact with astronauts on the International Space Station.

Thousands of schools applied for this opportunity.

BCS was one of just six schools selected for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Bellefontaine students will communicate with the space station the week of April 18th.

The exact date and time will be announced soon.

Ten BCS students will ask questions to an astronaut on the space station.

The event will be streamed live in each BCS school building.

You can watch on YouTube. The YouTube link will be released soon; check for updates.

Finally, this week’s show featured in-depth thoughts on the Central Buckeye Conference voting to realign the divisions based on enrollment numbers.

Springfield Shawnee will move to the Mad River Division and Urbana will move to the Kenton Trail Division.

The change will take effect in August 2023.

There was also in-depth discussion about the Ohio High School Athletic Association considering a Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) proposal.

High school principals across the state will vote on the proposal next month.

A simple majority is required for approval.

“Chieftain Roll Call” is hosted by Bill Tipple.

Teacher/coach Rick Reed and BHS student-athlete Jack Varner are regular contributors, too.

BHS Key Club members and students in Aaron Gregor’s TV Production class help produce and record the show.

“Chieftain Roll Call” is sponsored by Easton Water Solutions.

Easton Water will fund the Key Club Scholarship, which is presented each year to at least one BHS grad.

You can hear the show at

The show also airs on Spotify (search Chieftain Roll Call) and iHeartRadio (search WBCS TV Podcasts).

Photo: Neil Kauffman (left) and Simon Kauffman
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