December 4, 2006
A rare breed lives in our backyard-KJHK is one of the few remaining student-run radio stations in the country. While more and more of its university peers surrender their airwaves to Top-40 and commercials, KJ has remained a beacon of backbone and individuality. The environment on 90.7 FM-far from a predictable cycle of ready-made industry hits-is one that continually yields fresh sounds, turning listeners on to music they've not heard yet. It's in that same spirit that KJHK is reviving a long-lost tradition: "Farm Fresh Sounds" a compilation CD of area bands. And like the commercial-free KJ airwaves, the CD is free.
Street Level sheepishly ushers KJHK veterans Caterina Benalcazar, Courtney Ryan and Jenny Kratz into our disheveled podcast studio to reflect on indie spirit, dudes with music biz pretensions and the joys of harvesting a well saturated scene.