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Colllege Radio Roots

I just found out today is National College Radio Day, so I thought I'd share some of my fond memories from my days in college radio, back at UW-Stevens Point.

I spent three years getting valuable radio experience at 90FM, WWSP, and also met some great people who are still my friends (at least on facebook).
When I started as a news announcer, I remember there was a big sign posted that said "Do NOT read the farm reports."  Apparently there was something irresistable about saying "Pork bellies are up," so this had to be posted in writing.

My first year, I did a two or three hour news shift that started at 6am. Often, I couldn't get into the station because it was locked and the DJ who was supposed to sign the station on had not shown up. Or I would find him sleeping on a couch in the station lobby. 

During my junior year I was appointed news director, and found out that it really was necessary to post signs regarding things like not reading the farm reports. I also posted a sign that said "Pre-read all news stories!"

I hosted a weekly news/information show called "Not Quite Cronkite." The name was chosen by the prior news director, without regard to the fact that most college DJ's would pronounce it "Conkrite."  I remember I covered some pretty hard hitting topics. I interviewed the president of the Point Brewery and asked him if Bock beer was just the sediment from the bottom of the tanks that they cleaned out each year.  (It is not.)

Some of my best college memories come from 90FM in the Communication Arts Building on campus. And I did learn a lot, even though many of those skills have become obsolete, like editing tape with a razor blade.

It was never a very good idea to have those in a radio station in the first place.

You can listen to my old station here.

This is me at some 90FM party. The guy's name is Patrick.


 


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10/02/2012 11:08AM
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