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Across from Wildcat Lanes in the Shepherd Union Building is a room with large glass windows, a microphone, soundboards and possibly even students hosting their very own radio show.
KWCR 88.1 FM is Weber State University’s radio station. For students who have the desire to become disc jockeys or announcers, KWCR can provide training to get them started.
Jazmine McKee is an English major and KWCR’s promotions director. Her experience at KWCR started in the radio production workshop class.
“A lot of people start out in the DJ class because it’s a fun credit, and it really teaches you everything you would need to know to work in a studio with all the different boards and stuff like that,” McKee said.
Rachel Posadas is a sophomore majoring in graphic design. She is also the assistant music director at KWCR. She said working at the station is a dream come true for her because she used to listen to it when she was younger, and her older sister told her she could someday work at KWCR.
“So as soon as I enrolled here, I started investigating how I can be a DJ, and I did that,” Posadas said. “And then they announced in the DJ class the staff openings, and then I applied.”
The station’s music director, Eden Buxton, reviews music that promotional companies send to KWCR and decides which songs the station will broadcast. Buxton is a junior studying English and photography.
“We get into concerts for free most of the time,” said Buxton, concerning the perks of the job. “We get to interview bands, and not just local bands; we interview touring, super-awesome bands. And it’s so great. It’s super great.”
However, Buxton said reviewing music can be tiring.
“At home, I probably have like 40 CDs stacked high,” she said.
KWCR does have Federal Communications Commission guidelines to meet, which is part of the screening process. Music is checked for profanity and obscenities, which are not supposed to air on KWCR.
McKee said many people think KWCR only plays emo and hardcore, but all genres are welcome.
Anybody interested in hosting a specialty show on KWCR can apply at the studio’s office. These shows can be about news, music, politics or just about anything else.
“It’s specialty, so whatever they want to do,” McKee said.
If local musicians want their music played on KWCR, they can bring CDs to the offices or mail them in. A local music show on the station features in-studio music performances.
Buxton said local acts can also audition to play at WSU on Oct. 2, which is College Radio Day. The station is currently looking for acts to play throughout the day, and bands of any genre can try out.
“We’re a part of College Radio Day 2012,” Buxton said, “and on campus we’re going to be having bands here all day. We’ve got the ballrooms booked. We’re going to have in-studio sessions all day, so it’s going to be a party; it’s going to be super awesome. We’re really excited to promote College Radio Day because we have a great radio here. We really do.”
Dave Caulford, KWCR’s program director, said College Radio Day will be a free event.
“It’s mostly just to get the attention brought back to college radio stations,” Caulford said.
Caulford said college radio is often the first place to get new music from promotion companies.
Many people will tune into KWCR at home and find that the signal sounds garbled. This is because the transmitter, which used to be on top of Promontory Tower, was relocated when the tower was taken down.
“We’re kind of upset because our transmitter’s not working that well,” Posadas said.
The transmitter is temporarily in Riverdale. Caulford said the station is “piggy-backing” on a tower that is broadcasting multiple signals. He also said the station adviser has been looking for a new location for the transmitter, which is a long process.
In the meantime, the station can be accessed online at www.881weberfm.org.
“Our live streaming sounds really good,” Buxton said.
A free app that allows listeners to access the station anywhere they have service is also available through iTunes. Caulford said KWCR is developing an app for the Android market that might be released within a few months.