30 years of KJHK: Chris Shively

What were your positions held while at KJHK?

I was a DJ for 3 years and also internet director, program director, and music director at various points in time.

What were some defining moments of working at KJHK?

As far as defining moments go, it is hard to pinpoint a single time in a three-year working relationship and say "THAT was the most fun." Every radio show was fun (some were better than others, of course) ... CMJ was fun, getting to hear everything two weeks before it actually came out was a nice perk also ... I even enjoyed the staff meetings, which I think is fairly unheard-of.

How did working at KJHK impact what you are doing now?

Working at KJHK introduced me to a LOT of music-industry schmoozer types, and really gave me a head start on the whole music-industry marketing game (how to promote a record, advertising strategies, how radio promotion works, and just generally a who's who of distributors & music marketing agencies).

What are you doing now?

At the moment, I am living in Amsterdam working on a masters in American studies at Universiteit van Amsterdam. Also, I am making music and DJing under the name Murderbot (www.murderbot.net), and running a jungle/drum & bass record label called Dead Homies (www.dead-homies.com). The new 12" drops in late October!

Is there anything else you'd like to say about KJHK?

KJHK is such a valuable asset for KU & for Lawrence - not only as a commmunity-building device and anchor of the local music scene, but as a recruitment tool for the university. I know personally that I would've transferred elsewhere at the end of my sophomore year if not for the wonderful time I was having at KJHK. It really is a treasure, and we are lucky to have it around.


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