Monday, October 10, 2005
My time at KJHK was great. Where else does one get the opportunity to do a radio show for thousands of listeners while learning an industry as well as meeting really great people? I cannot stress enough that everyone with an interest should become involved with KJHK, regardless of the role. I was very lucky to have been given a show ("Obscured by Beats") at a great time (7-9 p.m. Saturdays) and then been allowed to serve as program director, but there is NO bad position at KJHK (that's not to say there are no extremely stressful positions, 'cuz being PD could get hectic). In my experience, the people who took it seriously got bigger and better opportunities pretty quickly.
KJHK has impacted my life most importantly through the people I met there.
I have been very lucky to have met some of my best friends at KJ, not to mention some really good contacts with those who have gone on to some really cool jobs. After I graduated, I was hired as General Manager of KKFI 90.1 FM in Kansas City, Mo., which is one of two 100,000 watt community stations in the U.S. I wouldn't have had that opportunity without the experiences I had at KJHK. I'm currently working in marketing and advertising for a group of stations in the Lawrence area, also because of my previous experience.
There are a couple of defining moments that come to mind: The week before classes began, which was also my first week of being program director, Lawrence had a massive ice storm which took the station off the air. It was too slick to drive (or walk up the stairs to the shack), so a lot of DJs couldn't do their shows, and when that happens, guess who gets the calls? Our station manager at the time (the mighty, might Brent) was a savior...
Other nice moments: J. Sands of Lone Catalysts up in the studio, Joc Max cutting it up live on my show, coming in after the Latin Lab and before Hip Hop Hyp, KJHK birthdays, Chrissy's pink LaCoste's, being taken to task on-air for my mispronounciation of the Lied Center, getting a call from someone in Berlin (!), the unbearable lightness of ALAN WONG, Breakfast for Beatlovers (Mondays in particular), and last but not least - CMJ (for toomany reasons, most of which cannot be discussed here), Ethiopian food with Carlos in NYC, and having KELEFA SANNEH of the New York Times say "Oh, you're with KJHK? That's a good station". Fresh.