Greetings from KSUA

Ephy Wheeler / Special to Sun Star
September 7, 2011

Greetings from KSUA 91.5FM Radio & TV, your student-operated college radio station! The staff at KSUA are busy formatting the fall 2011 programming schedule, training our new volunteer DJs, editing countless audio files from the last year, and doing whatever 1,001 other projects we’ve taken upon ourselves. This summer we teamed up with the UAF Concert Board and the Pub to host Murder By Death on June 24th. This semester we are hosting exciting new events and concerts, like this Saturday’s KSUA party at the pub, editing and publishing our recent recordings with performers who pass through Fairbanks in our Take Out Sessions, and working to provide a plethora of new audio content from our friends at the Sun Star.

KSUA’s mission is to provide programming otherwise unavailable to the community and provide an outlet for students interested in the broadcast industry. In 1993 the UAF student community voted to make KSUA the ‘alternative’ station in Fairbanks. The term alternative has become much more broad in the last twenty years, but the idea remains the same. We want to be cool, and we want to be different. This may mean playing the new Insane Clown Posse single originally written by Mozart and produced by Jack White, or it may simply take the form of a radio drama about zombies. We’re pretty much open to anything new, original, funny, or really obscure.

If you’ve ever had an interest in radio, broadcast journalism, music, live entertainment, science, medicinal Chinese history, pole vaulting, post-progressive folk rock, teacup piglets, belly button lint, or anything else, KSUA might be the place for you. In general each program lasts one to three hours long once a week. Every semester we host around 50-75 volunteers on the FM schedule, and this year we’re hoping to become much more active in television. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not involved in the Journalism department or don’t have high hopes of becoming the next John Peel. When I applied for my first radio show I was a Freshman in the Physics department. Now I’m working towards my B.S. in Geology and manage the place… it’s awesome!

One of the unique things about KSUA is its laboratory nature. Everybody involved has the chance to learn something new, whether it be in audio production, film editing, music reviewing, or more recently PR and design. Want to learn web design? Well, I can’t tell you how to do it, but you can come up and learn with the rest of us!

As for the KSUA family, our DJs are made up of a wide array of student volunteers. Our programming this semester includes the likes of:

  • Video game/movie/comic reviews with Spoiler Alert!, Tuesdays 8-10 PM
  • Tech talk with General Protection Fault, Wednesdays 6:30-8 PM
  • Hip hop Mondays and Wednesdays with Ground Zero Hip Hop with DJ 50/50, midnight-2AM
  • News and sports with The Morning Blend, 8-9AM 
  • Saturday Morning Jazz, 10-noon
  • Story-themed metal with The Heavy Hymnal ,11-1PM Sundays

All this, and just about anything else you could imagine!

New DJs must host a daytime programming (8am-5PM) show for their first semester, but once a show has completed a semester on-air, the DJs can request times within the ‘specialty’ schedule. Specialty programs air during evenings and weekends. The idea is that listenership increases during these times. Otherwise, daytime shifts are required to play music from our Playlist. Playlist material is sent to us from record labels and promoters throughout the world. From this music we report our college radio charts to a publication titled CMJ, or College Music Journal. The emphasis is on ‘indie’ music, though we get genres ranging from new age to goth. Come check out our CD library, which houses over 50,000 discs from a broad swath of genres.

Come say ‘hi’ and stop by the studio on 3rd floor Constitution Hall (right above the bookstore) or email manager@ksuaradio.com. We look forward to another awesome year!

Ephy Wheeler
General Manager
KSUA 91.5 FM

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