I began here in my first year of school at St. Cloud State. The first thing I did on my first full day on campus was go right on down to KVSC with My Good Friend Max Brown and sign up for training. I'm pretty sure I spoke to Jim Gray at the time, and he seemed surprised that a couple of freshman would come down so early.
The first show I ever hosted on my own was, I think, an Overnight. That was a lot of fun, mostly because I could pretty much play whatever I wanted, and if I made any mistakes no one really cared. It worked really well as a low-pressure introduction to radio. Now, I do the Freeform Friday show, which is great because I can play whatever I want in whatever order I want (including classical!).
I try to keep variety in my shows week-to-every-other-week, but I do have a stable of artists I like to pull from (if you haven't noticed before). I'd bet that I'm guilty of playing The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and Bloc Party more often that I should. I would be willing to apologize for playing so much of the Brits, but I will never be sorry for playing The Black Keys ;)
4.) Why are you involved with independent community radio at 88.1 FM?
At first, it had everything to do with my intended major in Mass Communications when I came to SCSU. That makes it sound like some kind of shrewd decision, but I also loved the idea of being on the radio and doing what I do now. Since joining KVSC, though, I have been absolutely convinced of the importance of what we do. My favorite thing to say about the station is that we play what you won't hear anywhere else on your radio dial, be it music, news or whatever. That's special and definitely worth supporting.
I tend to latch on to lots of new stuff because of my continued involvement with the Music department here, so I am definitely spinning Cee-Lo Green's new album. I am also going through a couple albums by Nick Drake, the wonderful soundtrack from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou with Bowie classics done acoustically and in Portugese by Seu Jorge, and some other stuff including Yppah, Girl Talk and, of course, The Black Keys.
6.) Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve attended or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful)?
Before answering that question, I'd like to take a moment to agree with something I once read by Chuck Klosterman. There really isn't such a thing as a "guilty pleasure" (or, in this case, "embarrassing purchase or concert attendance"), because what you like is what you like. Popular artists are successful, and people legitimately like their music. That's okay, even if we don't agree ;) Anyhow, to the question: I think the first CD I ever bought was Sugar Ray's self-titled second album. I was 12, I liked one of the songs, and that's all that matters :)
7.) What are your hobbies and interests?
Besides the music that I now shepherd and love, I enjoy sports (baseball, football, hockey, soccer [of the top-tier European/World Cup variety] and basketball in roughly that order), video games, movies, books and friends. Just the typical things a college student might like, really.
8.) When you are not at work or KVSC, where can you most likely be found?
Probably hanging out with friends, or just enjoying a quiet night with a good book/movie or a less quiet one with a good video game.
Questions like this always cause me to think far too literally. I realize that I'm supposed to pick out the five things I "couldn't live without", but I can't help but wonder whether the (inevitably) electronic components of my list would be useless in a barren wasteland of a world the question puts forth.
Ignoring those greater implications, my list stands thusly: My headphones (which are awesome), my laptop (with all of my music), my copy of The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (six books in one!), and a gun with ammo (Technically two things, and just to be safe. Hey, I played Oregon Trail, man, I know what it's like out there!).
I am worried about the future of radio, honestly. I think that the industry, like the other traditional media, has a lot of change to go through in the internet age before it will be totally viable. But then again, I've never thought that people are very good at really predicting the future (Where the hell is my flying car?!). More than anything, I hope that there simply is a future of radio, so that I can continue to do something I love, wherever that may be.