KKWU makes the paper
Last week KKWU’s sister publication, “The Advance” featured the KKWU Radio in order to celebrate the success and accomplishment of the Kansas Wesleyan Student DJs. You can read last week’s article below.
KKWU Radio has consistently been a major focus of the Fine Arts department at Kansas Wesleyan. This year marks the stations seventh year, since its inauguration in 2009. The program serves as a opportunity to be introduced to the equipment that radio disc jockeys use at stations, as well as obtain hands-on experience. Professor Paul Green works closely with his students in media production and media performance classes, and shows them how to use the radio station. Green believes the unique feature of Wesleyan’s radio station is that every semester there is something different. KKWU Radio is a diverse station that ranges from sports talk shows, music themed shows, and the most popular of all, radio drama.
A major draw for KKWU is its availability for any student on campus. The only requirement that Paul asks for is that you give him the same hour, every week. This means that if you do a radio show on Friday nights, then you better do your show every Friday night. An interesting fact about KWU’s student radio, according to Paul Green, is about 5,000 people tune into KKWU Radio. This is a surprising number not only to me, but to Paul as well. “Part of why people listen to us is that people are used to hearing smooth and polished radio. We offer something more authentic… This is real people learning how to use that equipment for the first time, and it sounds a bit more genuine.”
I am one of Paul’s students, and it’s a requirement for me to do a radio show. I do a radio show every Wednesday at 1:00, called The Grunge, where I play best rock of the 90’s and take you back to the grunge era. Though, at first I was nervous and didn’t want to go through with it, as I’ve learned how to use the equipment and got more comfortable with my alter ego, Kuzco, the show has become fun for me to do. By doing a radio show, you discover that you develop your own tone of speaking when on the radio. I definitely think KKWU is a great way for anyone to better their skill in not only the radio industry, but also as a public speaker. I encourage any student on campus who has the slightest thought of jumping on board with KKWU Radio to do so. Get with Paul Green and he will show you everything you need to know to get started.