The Maynard Web
It did in fact take Dave several weeks, working when time allowed, to prepare the Maynard Web. The site was designed as a source of reference and news for the town, actively providing information, "In the form of calendars and civic group news, and anything else we can think of," but he also understood that there was a vast number of people who would be visiting the site from outside the town's borders. He would have to design the Maynard Web to be seen by the rest of the world too.
Initially the site was housed by an outside Internet Service Provider. However, during an Internet connection upgrade at M.H.S., the Maynard Web was switched to a server within the school in October of 1996
Earlier that year, Dave Griffin approached Mags with the thought that WAVM could be the primary content provider for the Maynard Web, citing there would be several benefits. For one, WAVM had the manpower who could absorb the burden of webbuilding, once again, a time-consuming process. At the same time, the students would be continuing the tradition of providing both information and entertainment to the Maynard community - and now the world. The Maynard Web was envisioned "As the new "third media" that WAVM could extend into, and Mags agreed.
WAVM organized a new department for the Maynard Web and recruited a small contingent of students. On the technical side, the students of Maynard High School learned about computers, programming languages, and a new method of telling a message. With radio, the medium is dominated by sound, and with TV, there's audio and video. With a website, there's also aural and visual elements, but the style is more akin to print media largely influenced by graphics. Such concepts as layout become more important.
Entering into 1998, WAVM's 25th year, the Maynard Web, with WAVM as the primary content provider, is still a new idea. The students are still learning about the medium, which, from a technical standpoint, has rapidly been undergoing new developments. So there may be some stumbling and times before the Maynard Web glistens. However, WAVM experienced the same situation when it entered into radio and cable television. If those two mediums are any indication, WAVM's foray into cyberspace will be successful.
The Story of WAVM continues with the Expansions