Weekly Showcase

Spotlight: Oregon State University’s KBVR

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Thanks to Station Manager Matt Walton for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
kbvr3KBVR-FM was founded in 1965 with 10 watts of power and a broadcast radius of around five miles. Originally broadcasting from Shepard Hall, KBVR relocated to Snell Hall in 1977 and now has a broadcast radius of roughly 30 miles using 340 watts of power. In January 2015, KBVR will relocate to the top floor of the brand-new Student Experience Center, home to an entirely new broadcast booth.

 

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
KBVR DJ corps consists of more than 100 students broadcasting in a true variety format. This makes for an incredibly unique and diverse programming schedule! They know how to produce award-winning content as well; KBVR won five national awards at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s national conference in New York City in March, including best college station in the nation with 10,000+ students.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
kbvr4Who wouldn’t want to work at a college radio station?! I started as a blues and jazz DJ in 2012 and immediately fell in love with college radio. Once I saw a Promotions Director opening, I saw the opportunity to become even more involved. We are fortunate at KBVR to work very closely with the rest of Student Media, which provides us with incredible multimedia opportunities. One such show is Leaves of Blast, a three-hour live music/CMJ countdown show, which is filmed by KBVR-TV every week and covered by The Daily Barometer, Oregon State’s student newspaper.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
That would be the live coverage we did of last year’s homecoming football ticket line. OSU distributes tickets to football games beginning at 8 a.m., so students line up and camp the night before, with a line of 4,000+ students wrapping around our stadium. We did a live broadcast beginning at 4 a.m. near the front of the line, doing giveaways and interviewing students while they waited for their tickets! Did I mention it was freezing out?

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
kbvr1The fact that students are literally the voice and personality of the programming is the best part about college radio. In a world of mass culture where everyone listens to the same music, college radio serves as a bastion of individuality that is difficult to find anywhere else.

The hardest part is leaving! It is difficult to find similar opportunities in radio, so enjoy it while you can!

 

 

Spotlight: University of Alabama at Birmingham’s BlazeRadio

blogheader-spotlightSpecial thanks to General Manager Kayla Gladney for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
blaze1BlazeRadio started in 2008 in our Office of Student Media, which also houses our newspaper (Kaleidoscope) and literary magazine (Aura). In its humble beginnings, BlazeRadio was designed to give students at our medicine-dominated school an opportunity to experiment in areas they may not have touched academically. Naturally, BlazeRadio also appealed to those students who were going into broadcasting and communications as well. Today, BlazeRadio still attracts a variety of students who get to come and learn the ins and outs of putting together a radio show. We are always working hard to make sure our students get the most out of their experience here, and we are glad to say that experience now includes more than putting together a show. Students can now also gain experience in the business and marketing aspects of radio as well. As an organization, we host events and provide music for events – all in efforts to better serve our students.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
blaze4We have very unique programming – everything from shows that cover Indie Rock, to shows that discuss Hip Hop, to shows about movie soundtracks. We have something for just about everybody. We also host our own events on campus, like #UnleashtheMusicWeek.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I decided to work for the radio station because I knew that my college education was about more than what I learned in class, but what I experienced in general during my time here. So, I thought I should take advantage of the opportunity to learn something I had never tried before. My love of music also played a huge part in my joining the station.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
The craziest thing I’ve ever done, or the craziest thing I tend to do often is forget to eat. Like most students, my schedule is pretty hectic. I usually spend any available time working in the office, including after hours. I usually have a checklist of things to do and I don’t stop until I’ve finished it. Unfortunately, I rarely remember to add eating to that list. So, it has become a habit of some of my DJs to ask me if I’ve eaten when they get to the office. If I haven’t, they usually yell at me and make me go get something.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
blaze3The best part of college radio is having the freedom to experiment. Blazeradio serves many purposes, but the most important is being a learning experience for students. Our advisers give us advice and do a great job leading us, but they also give us the room to make mistakes we can learn from. It’s great to learn with a group of people. The hardest part about college radio is what most people say: balancing it with school. Sometimes we feel like we don’t have the time to appreciate all of the parts of the learning experience; getting back up once we fall is all the more difficult because of school. However, I feel like it is all worth it in the end.

Spotlight: University of Puget Sound’s KUPS

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Special thanks to General Manager Chloe Ginnegar for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
kups1KUPS began in 1968 as a closed-circuit AM experiment. In 1975 KUPS became a 10-Watt FM station, and in 1983 blossomed into a fully operational, 100-watt FM station. KUPS has over 100 DJ’s each semester and is continually growing it’s community involvement both on campus and off.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
KUPS is 100% student-run and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We also have over 100 DJs each semester and a staff of 15 with responsibilities ranging from genre-specific music directors, marketing, business and digital media!

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
kups3I chose to work at KUPS because I thought it was a great way to expand upon my musical interests and get involved with community! My favorite thing about KUPS is that I get to work with my fellow DJs and classmates to grow our positive impact on campus and beyond.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
The craziest thing I have ever done for my station is probably super late night and early morning mentoring sessions for new DJs!

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
kups4The best part about college radio is the sense of community that is felt between DJs, listeners, and musicians! The hardest part is maintaining quality programming and community relations while being a full-time student.

Spotlight: SCAD Atlanta’s SCAD Atlanta Radio

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Special thanks to Matthew Rusak, General Manager, for answering the questions!

scadatl3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The station was started in the fall of 2007 by a handful of ambitious SCAD Atlanta students. We are still a very young station but we have learned a great deal in seven years. Our reach continues to grow as does our diverse staff of DJs which includes students, alumni and faculty.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
SCAD Atlanta Radio is Internet streaming only which we consider to be one of our strengths. Our voices can be heard anywhere and at anytime around the world! I think there is also something to be said about a college radio station run by art school students. I am constantly amazed by not only their individual artistic talent, but by the energy, the creativity and the innovation that they bring in support of the station and its success. Artists work from a desire to communicate and I think that benefits us well to have an entire staff who are eager to share themselves and engage the listener. I like to think that SCAD Atlanta Radio broadcasts will inspire our audience too giving clear context to our station’s tagline, “SCAD Atlanta Radio — music for the right side of your brain.”

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
scadatl2When I was first looking to apply to the SCAD Atlanta campus, one of my priorities was to be sure that they had a radio station. I had wanted to be involved with college radio for a long time. The school I had transferred from did not have one. I loved music and I especially loved discovering new music and I felt I had to share that love. I was also hoping that it would give me a sense of belonging since I would be moving so far from friends and family. Still, I was very nervous about joining up once I got here. I felt I would be seen as too old or that my music tastes were uncool. I continued to listen to the station and go to radio events on campus but it was a whole year and a half before I even applied to be a DJ. It’s my only regret since starting at the station that I didn’t begin sooner. The DJs and managers were so friendly and supportive that I realized my fears were unfounded. I instantly felt that this was a place I belonged. I continue to work at SCAD Atlanta radio so I can in turn offer that same kind of welcoming.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Time will tell.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
scadatl1From my perspective, the hardest part of college radio is that the students who run it still have to be students. They have to deal with the same challenges and responsibilities that any other college student must face; homework, research papers, examinations, project deadlines, financial aid, finding room for sleep and having a social life.  However, knowing that students have to face these obstacles and seeing how they continue to commit themselves to their duties at the station exhibits one of the greatest parts of college radio. The students involved with the station are not here because they’re being paid to be. They do not earn a higher GPA just for being a part of it. They are not guaranteed success and fame for being a college DJ. They are here because they want to be, because of the passion they have. That is what makes being a part of college radio such a genuine experience. We take chances on unknown bands and albums because we have faith that there is always something new to discover. We are allowed to experiment and make mistakes because we are willing to learn from them. We support the success of our fellow students, not just at our own station but for all those involved in the college radio community.

 

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Spotlight: University of the Incarnate Word’s KUIW

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Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sports and Operations Director, for answering the questions.

KUIW4Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KUIW started in the spring of 2005. Since then KUIW has progressed and evolved into a division one radio station. KUIW members “DJ” majority of the campus events. Our station features a diverse background of personalities and ethnicities, which creates a culture and environment that all can strive in.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
“We are a student-ran station. Whatever ideas we have are implemented. Our manager just oversees us and keeps everything in line. We have the freedom and privileges to create the rules. We have the opportunity to pick and choose from a variety of music to play that caters to our diverse set of students on campus.”KUIW3

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I wanted to pursue a career into sports broadcasting beforehand, and I felt that working with KUIW would give me an opportunity to build my abilities to do so.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Funny story: I was asked to carry a speaker across campus because our dolly was misplaced. The entire day I received funny looks from everyone on campus.

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What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part I would say is the mistakes you learn from. While finding out the hard way that “good idea” wasn’t so great. While on that journey you end up making a good friend or two.
The hardest part I would say are encountering the “less productive” people that join up. Every person has experienced that one person that joins up and simply doesn’t want to be there. I would say that is the hardest part because it makes the job more difficult to complete.

 

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Spotlight: Indiana State University’s WISU

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Special thanks to Rich Green, station manager and instructor, for answering the questions!

WISU3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
89.7 WISU is currently in its 50th year of operations at Indiana State University. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary during Homecoming in October. WISU has gone through many transitions throughout the years.  WISU began playing Jazz and Symphony music. As the years progressed, they began playing music from many different genres including international music, reggae, R&B, and some throwback music. Up until this past year WISU played “Real Good Rock” from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and “Hot Mix” from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. WISU now plays a variety of top 40, alternative, hip-hop, and EDM. WISU now has specialty show including “In the Mix” with DJ Rob Rich, “The Alternative Underground” “Throwback Thursdays” and “The Fuse.” Also, WISU does live play-by-play for sporting event s and just launched a news division with daily live newscasts.

WISU1What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
WISU is unique in that it combines many genres of popular music into one station. While the station continues to break new and upcoming artists, there is still a sense awareness at ISU and the Terre Haute community to play some popular music you won’t hear anywhere but WISU. Students pay attention to the trends, and the underground to find the best music for our station

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I chose to work in college radio largely based on my experiences when I was an undergrad. It showed me the importance of student involvement. I’ts not always about joining a club, but the friends you make for life. I had a great adviser, Deb Lesser, at Illinois State. Getting to learn from her was an incredible honor. She took an interest in all of her students and I hope to give students the same chances I had.

WISU2What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
We did play by play for the “Trike Race” during homecoming this year. It was hilarious to see the students broadcast such a fun event and use their NASCAR euphemisms. We also had an adult Easter egg hunt for the students. You think it’s fun—but then Nerf weapons become involved, the next thing you know you are shutting yourself in your office and wishing for more ammo.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is watching the kids grow up in front of your eyes. From day one they have no idea about anything and the next day they are your station manager or sports director. I always live for those “ah-ha” moments where it all just clicks. It’s an incredible journey that changes from year to year. However, the hardest part is having to say goodbye to students every semester. Sometimes you forget they are only here a few years, and the time flies by so fast.

Spotlight: Mt. San Antonio College’s KSAK

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Thank you to Tammy Trujillo, professor of broadcasting and campus radio station coordinator, for answering the questions!

KSAK2Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KSAK first went on the air in 1974, so we are marking our 40th year of broadcasting this year. It was a hard fought battle by one of the broadcasting professors to get the station on the air initially, but he was able to do it by convening a board of local on-air professionals to speak to the necessity of having an actual, student-run station on campus to compliment the classes that were being taught in the program. The station, which we refer to as 90.1 FM, Mt. Rock Radio, will be moving into a brand new facility on campus at the beginning of the Fall semester that will provide us with two on-air studios (one for 90.1 FM and the other for our Internet-only station, Audio8ball.com), a news booth, production booth, offices for student managers and four additional production studios for students to use for their class assignments.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Several things. All of the professors in our program are actually working in broadcasting as well as teaching, so the stations are run exactly as a professional station would be. The studios and stations also use the same broadcasting equipment and software that is currently in use at commercial stations. That combination has resulted in students winning numerous regional, national and international awards, in some cases in competition with commercial stations.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I have been on the air in the Los Angeles market for 30-some years and have taught most of that time, both at colleges and at private broadcasting schools. I started at Mt. SAC (Mt. San Antonio College) in 1996 as an adjunct professor, but when the opportunity arose to become full-time and really create the program, I jumped at the chance. I became the Campus Radio Station Coordinator about three years ago with the idea that the best way to prepare students to enter this crazy and hugely competitive industry is to give them a real-world experience and that is what we are doing with Mt. Rock Radio and Audio8ball.com. I see it working because our students are getting jobs. I don’t know sometimes who gets more excited when one does, me or the student! Working with the students at the station also keeps me remembering just what an amazing and exciting industry we work in.

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
To kick off the renaming of the radio station as Mt. Rock Radio, (which we did after I was named Coordinator) we held a 48-hour Radiothon, with each hour dedicated to a particular hour of Rock ‘n’ Roll! The student jocks were on the air and we had some of the local pro jocks as well … along with some of our professors, who are also pros.We made some money, had some fun, and wore ourselves out, but it was a memorable way to kick off the new era of 90.1 FM, KSAK.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is the creativity that students generate if given the chance. They can do such amazing things! The hardest part, especially being in a major market such as we are (Los Angeles), is that students hear the best broadcasters in the business on the air who obviously make it look easy. When students try it themselves, they realize it is not that easy by a long shot. It is difficult with some, to make them realize that very few of us pros sounded great at the beginning either and that we had to work hard to become skilled, the same way that the students now have to work hard. I also have to throw in a second hardest part and that will always be funding. Radio equipment, licensing, facilities, etc. are all very expensive and it will always be difficult to have a budget that keeps up with those needs and costs.

 

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Spotlight: Central Washington University’s KCWU

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?

KCWU_EXTERIORTravis Box, General Manager: I can give you some history, but I’ll let the students judge where we are now… While Central Washington University has had a radio station, in one form or another, since 1958. Our current station began as KCAT in the early ’70s as an AM station, it became a cable radio station in the ’80s and in the early 90s, due to budget issues, was officially separated from the Communications Department and became its own department under Campus Life. In the late 90s, they hired a full-time General Manager, applied for and were granted an FCC license under the new call letters KCWU-FM (88.1 The ‘Burg), and began broadcasting live, over the air, on April 30th 1999.

Tayler Shaindlin (Crazy Catt Tayler): Our station has come leaps and bounds in a very short amount of time from where it was even just a few years ago. The right people came to this station, all with a passion and a desire to combine our talents to make our station what it was (and is) capable of being. We are constantly working hard to make every last detail the best it can be and I know we will never stop striving for excellence.

Nick Oliver (DJ DIRTY SNOWBALL): The halls are constantly buzzing with activity and it has become an environment that encourages creativity on all levels, be it developing new bits and promos or even if you are doing homework in the station it is such a creative workplace. With this culture and the group of people that we have the future of 88.1 the ‘Burg looks brighter than ever.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?

KCWU_MAIN-STUDIOChris Davis (The Sparrow): I am impressed by the wide variety of new music we discover every week. Those new songs get played on a regular rotation throughout the week, giving the CWU campus access to brand new music discoveries as soon as they are available to purchase at physical or online retailers. We have an excellent team of collaborators who select only the best songs released in previous years for rotation in our classic alt/rock playlists. We care a lot about our listeners, and so our engagement with them during regular events is crucial. It keeps us from being a group of people in a back room playing music, and lets us get in touch with what people actually want to hear on-campus!

Sawyer Schilperoort (The Sawman): Besides the obvious physical aspects of the station, I feel the atmosphere is what really sets us apart. Functioning almost like a crazy dys”fun”ctional family. We are completely open to all who approach us. Our campus radio station is a home away from home for many and it provides a great atmosphere.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?

KCWU_MUSIC LIBRARYTayler Shaindlin (Crazy Catt Tayler): I found the Burg at a Freshmen presentation event and immediately fell in love with the idea of radio. Being from a Theatre background, a two hour time slot to create my own character and story excited me, and combining it with music made it even better. Now I’m here with a prime time morning show slot and working in the news department, and I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Nick Oliver (DJ DIRTY SNOWBALL): Honestly working in radio has been a dream of mine for quite some time, as a little kid I always loved listening to the radio. The music, the voices, and the personalities always intrigued me, it all just seemed magical. So in high school I got the chance to job shadow at KISW in Seattle WA. And I have been addicted ever since.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?

KCWU_B4LTatsNick Oliver (DJ DIRTY SNOWBALL): Recently, a group of us at the station (Tayler Shaindlin, Russell Widner, Rachel Cizek and myself) all got tattoos of a radio with the letters “B4L” which means “Burg 4 Life”. The ‘Burg will literally be a part of my life forever!

Chris Davis (The Sparrow): I can’t think of anything I’ve done personally that is very crazy! But I thrive on making lame jokes on air and hoping that people will laugh at my awkwardness. It’s part of my on-air personality that people have come to enjoy.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?

Sawyer Schilperoort (The Sawman): The fun and experience gained from working among friends and peers is the best thing about college radio. Nothing is quite like doing what you love with people who you call your friends.

KCWU_ENTRYChris Davis (The Sparrow): The best part of college radio is exposing busy students to the fascinating world of popular music by staying on the cutting edge of what is hot in the music world, and not just what is selling on iTunes. We here at the ‘Burg put our love for music above all else, and we let that fuel our desire to provide quality entertainment. The hardest part is ensuring that everyone can hear what they like at certain times of the week. We do our best to please everyone, so naturally most people will find entire days where the Burg plays nothing that they enjoy. It’s part of the sacrifice we make in appealing to the students of Central.

Tayler Shaindlin (Crazy Catt Tayler): The best part and the hardest part are the same for me. I never knew how many valuable life skills and talents could be learned through an experience like this, from working with technology to writing to organization and so much more. The people aren’t so bad either.

Spotlight: North Carolina State University’s WKNC

Special thanks to General Manager John Kovalchik for answering the questions!

WKNC's 1968-1969 executive staff ran two radio stations. After moving from 580 AM to its current home at 88.1 FM in 1966, N.C. state launched WPAK-AM in 1968-1969 as a carrier current AM station to serve those students still without FM radios. Photo from 1969 Agromeck.

WKNC’s 1968-1969 executive staff ran two radio stations. After moving from 580 AM to its current home at 88.1 FM in 1966, N.C. state launched WPAK-AM in 1968-1969 as a carrier current AM station to serve those students still without FM radios. Photo from 1969 Agromeck.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
N.C. State student radio dates back to Aug. 31, 1922, when WLAC at North Carolina State College became the first radio station in eastern North Carolina and the second to be licensed in the entire state. The 2,000 watt AM station was founded by students and faculty of the communications department with a studio in Winston Hall. Since then much has changed, including call letters. In October 2003, WKNC began broadcasting at 25,000 watts. We currently entirely student run, with one full-time adviser and are actively involved in the triangle community (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) and music scene broadcasting in block formatting including indie rock (the largest), hip-hop, electronic, and metal.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Our emphasis on local music. Every weekday from noon ’til 1 p.m. we have a program called “The Local Lunch” where we play exclusively North Carolina artists. Each Thursday we sponsor and help organize a concert series in downtown Raleigh showcasing local music and local breweries called “Local Band, Local Beer.” Our semi-regular outdoor on campus concert series “Fridays on the Lawn” features mainly local musicians. On Friday afternoons we have a two-hour local music talk show called “Carolina Grown.”

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
We didn’t choose to work in radio, it chose us.

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Raleigh band Ghostt Bllonde performs for WKNC’s Fridays on the Lawn on-campus concert series on Nov. 8, 2013. Started in 2009, the series is a partnership between the student radio station, Union Activities Board and Inter-Residence Council.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Facing a tight budget, our annual fundraising two-night concert had to be beefed up to a much grander scale than ever before. We had to make the jump from the safety of a humble 250-capacity rock club to 750-capacity venues, filling out a bill with big names like The Love Language and Mount Moriah to match. The community supported us and came out in full force, making our extreme gamble pay off.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part about college radio (the way we do it) is how integrated it is with the local music community.  You have the opportunity to meet and befriend all kinds of really interesting and influential people that are doing really cool things, and you might even get to be in a few music videos!  The local music scene in the Triangle has a lot of talent and passion to share whether you’re talking to a guitarist for an indie rock band or an underground hip-hop DJ, and it’s a really neat community to contribute to.

WKNC's Double Barrel Benefit 11 fell on Valentine's Day, so the group celebrated the occasion with a photo booth.

WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit 11 fell on Valentine’s Day, so the group celebrated the occasion with a photo booth.

The hardest part?  Money.  As colleges across the country tighten their budgets, student radio seems to be quick to the chopping block.  While WKNC receives a very low portion of student fees every year, we have to work hard for the rest of our budget, earning it through things like donor announcements and our annual benefit concert.  Unfortunately, other college stations aren’t so lucky, and more and more are being sold, partitioned, or just plain shut down. College radio has played a big role in music history, and we must continue to show our support and our strength if we want to show our universities that we’re worth keeping on the airwaves.

Spotlight: University of California Berkeley’s KALX

KALXboard-1  Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Sandra Wasson, General Manager: In 1962 a group of students in one of the residence halls started an AM carrier current station — Radio KAL — that reached several UC Berkeley campus housing units. The first broadcast board was a modified Cuban cigar box. In 1967 KALX hit the airwaves on 90.7 FM at 10 watts. We could only be heard on and near the campus. In 1982 we finally increased power to 500 watts and drastically increased our audience.

Our long and storied history includes covering the free speech movement, broadcasting Oakland A’s baseball games for part of the 1978 season, and interviewing John Lennon and the Dalai Lama.

KALXboardWe currently broadcast alternative and diverse music programming including live bands and interviews; news a couple of times a day; live sports play by play of football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, both home and away games; and a variety of public affairs programs. All of this from a basement in a building on campus.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Lorraine Petel,  Publicity Director: I think KALX’s diversity really sets us apart.  When listening to KALX music programs, no one knows what is going to come on next, creating this serendipitous effect.  Our format makes listeners, and the DJ listen to music differently.  Instead of playing one genre for two hours, the DJ has to figure out how to weave at least three different genres into their show cohesively.  It really teaches the DJ and the listener about what genres influenced others.

I think our format really creates this community within the station as well, because all of us are trying to figure out different ways on how to expand our horizons, ultimately making all of us take advice on what is awesome from each other.  It really brings people together.  Our format fosters a musical community within KALX, and allows the listener to teach the DJs something as well.  I’ve gotten multiple calls from listeners, telling me about a really great band they know in a genre that I’m not completely educated in, allowing me to explore that genre.  Our diversity requirement challenges all of us to really dig deep into multiple genres to create an educational space on the radio.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
Petel: I actually knew about KALX growing up.  I lived in Miami Beach before coming to UC Berkeley but grew up on a lot of East Bay punk.  When I started to really get into the East Bay punk scene, I realized that a lot of the bands had history at KALX.  Many of them were actually DJs at KALX. When I got into UC Berkeley, I knew joining KALX was on the top of my list.  Not only was it the second home for many of the bands that I grew up on, but it was a place that I knew I could come to learn about music and develop a really strong community with the people at the station.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Arielle Parnes-Katz, co-Music Director: This isn’t really a crazy thing I’ve done for the station, but more so a kind of crazy experience I had at the station. One time I was DJing a 3:30-6am shift and I got a call from someone who told me they were locked in a phone booth and wanted me to leave them on hold so they could listen to our music. I left them on hold, and when I finished my show and the next DJ started they were still there.

KALXLibraryWhat’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
Parnes-Katz: For me the best part of college radio has been the opportunities it has provided me to discover new music and share my discoveries with others.  We have over 100,000 albums in our library and DJs with such diverse tastes and knowledge that KALX really is a hub of musical knowledge unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before.  I’ve heard my show improve so much over the past few years as my own tastes and knowledge have expanded and it’s great to know that the knowledge I have gained while at KALX can be translated to our listeners through my show. The hardest part of working at KALX was probably making it through DJ training shows.  To ‘graduate’ from DJ training everyone has to complete seven shows from 3:30-6am.