1. When did you get involved with 88.1FM?
I started out in the Spring of 2014. Loving it!
2. 2. What show(s) do you currently host on KVSC and what’s your favorite to listen to?
I perform a lot of the back-end work being the Program Director, but you can catch me sporadically throughout the week. I am a huge fan of Urban Invasion, Undercurrents Punk Rock, Crispy Bacon, and anything hosted by Ryan Japs.
3. 3. Please list some of the artists and musicians that you consider a must play on your show(s).
Rise Against, NOFX, Pokey LaFarge, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Talib Kweli, Pabst Blue Rebellion, Har Mar Superstar, Tuxedo, Trampled by Turtles, Radiohead, Cake, Chastity Brown, Caroline Smith, Carnage the Executioner, the list could go on forever. I’m also a huge sucker for great new music, especially local.
4. 4. Why are you involved with independent public radio at 88.1FM?
I’m a Mass Communications Major here at SCSU, and I didn’t know exactly what I wanted out of the Mass Comm department. After taking Intro to Radio, I toured KVSC first and was hooked right away. Since then, I’ve realized that community radio can do so much: tell untold stories, increase a taste in music, and giving our listeners a sound that is authentic, fun, crazy, and unpredictable.
5. 5. What is in your CD player, iPod, or MP3 player right now? (Be Honest!)
I’m really huge on Rap and Rock. My favorite rapper is Tech N9ne, and I also enjoy SchoolBoy Q, Hopsin, Kutt Calhoun, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Outkast, Dizzy Wright, T.I., and many, many more. My rock fix usually consists of Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Seether, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, A Day to Remember and so much more. KVSC has also opened me to folk, blues, and Americana.
6. 6. Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve seen or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful).
I saw Aaron Carter at the State Fair when I was really little. I try not to talk about it too much, especially because I saw him again years later during Zombie Pub Crawl in the mainroom of First Ave. I guess you can’t really shake the pop out of you.
7. 7. What are your hobbies and interests?
I’m a huge hockey fan. You can usually catch me at St. Cloud State Hockey Games. Other than that, I really enjoy video games, being with my friends and Fraternity brothers, and reading articles all over the Internet. I also try to sneak in some chats with the family back home in Jordan, MN when I can.
8. When you are not at work or KVSC where can you most likely be found?
Usually, I’m in my KVSC office helping the programming chug along. As well as this, I’m a proud member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity here at SCSU, and Greek Life takes up a lot of my free time, so you can usually find me either at the fraternity house (I currently live in it) or out in Atwood’s SOCA hanging out with the other Greeks and friends. On the weekends, you can catch me all over town rollerblading, hanging out with friends at various places, or going down the Mississippi on an innertube.
9. What’s the most challenging part of being a radio DJ?
There’s a lot of multi-tasking going on with many things going on at once. The first time I did it, it was a little stressful, but I seem to be adapting well.
1 10. What do you think is the future of radio?
Even with Internet radio and streaming, Radio can still survive with staying local and keeping up to date with the best music, and it probably will. I still use it to hear some hot new songs, and I’m sure we can still do that for many years to come.