Sarah KeeleyIn her Junior year of high school, Sarah Keeley decided to try something new; She joined Maynard High’s radio and TV station WAVM. With the aid of Tracy Reilly for their first month, Sarah and her friend Kelley Wells hit the airwaves with their radio program, "Mask of the Late Night." Every Friday night from 8-9 these two rocked 91.7 fm with heavy metal and rock music.
Sarah liked her first show, but it was not until her second that she really shined; when Sarah and her brother John Keeley did a show together. From these two siblings (and a wrestling match where the word aberration came from), the Keeley Aberration was born. These two found the right balance between the music and talk. They played rock, heavy metal and dance music and talking about family, friends and just about anything else to get a laugh. One of the few times they were serious was the day that John Candy died. They took a little while to talk about him at the beginning of the show to honor his life and memory.
Several times throughout the year, in attempt to get calls, Sarah and her brother would stage a contest for gift certificates. If a person could guess a song’s title song artist or the album it was on they won a gift certificate for a local business. The contest was not a total success. At the end of the year there was only two winners; a father and a son.
WAVM helped Sarah to shape her path for the future. She attributes the station to aiding in rising her grades and her want to get involved in life. "Before WAVM, I didn’t want to go to college…. Nothing appealed to me…[but] after doing editing, that’s what I decided I wanted [to do]."
Sarah made a special point to make sure the driving force behind
Maynard High's broadcast station got recognition. "Mags deserves a lot
more credit then he gets… He makes the station.." Without him, she
believes that most of the kids would not have a direction in their life.
This was just not another school club for her, and many others. "It was
like an extended family." She knows that a lot of the other students
involved have home troubles. Without the station and especially Mags,
many of those students would be getting into trouble because they had no
one to guide them.
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