St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School's Business and Modern Languages departments launched a digital programming initiative in the Richmond Hill school in January 2014. Since then, the two "stations," BizBuzz and FM35 (FrancoMix35: 7 hours a day x 5 days a week), have become a popular fixture with students and staff alike.
Relevant business and French information is aired, on alternate weeks, on the flat screen television located outside of the departments' shared office. Teachers, Gino Marcuzzi and JJ Deocampo serve as Program Directors for the sister stations.
BizBuzz features content that relates to the world of business and to the vast curriculum offered in the STL Business Department. BizBuzz provides a snapshot of the global economy through various business indicators, including stock market indexes, global currencies, and the daily price of crude oil. Clips of current events pertaining to managerial leadership, international business, economics, sports marketing, advertising, accounting, investments, entrepreneurship, technology, and business ethics are also aired. The weekly weather forecast and current time are also provided to round out the program of services offered.
FM35 treats students to French information about the day's Saint, weekly-themed proverbs, student birthdays, the weather forecast, comics, weekly prayer intentions for the St. Theresa of Lisieux school community, and the Holy Father's monthly universal and evangelization intentions. Also displayed are interest-generating snippets about department news, photos by student-photographers, cultural tidbits, and "Chapeau" – a segment that gives kudos to deserving students and staff.
The two stations also air Christian music Vid Picks, which showcase Francophone artists such as Blanchard, Lemaire, Luiten, Demrey et Lahaie, Cœur de Lévite, Aman, et al. These have become instant "fan favourites".
Since the launch of the stations, over 30 months ago, students have remarked that they really like the stations. Throughout the school day, clusters of students can be found huddling at the foot of the monitor, watching the news.