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Campus radio station offers experience in music scene
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KLPI, 89.1 FM, the campus radio station, offers opportunities and experience for students interested in being a disc jockey.

Students who want to be a DJ must be enrolled as a full -time student and attend the station's weekly meeting, held at 6 p.m. every Monday in the Student Center, Room 210. A training director will then be assigned to each DJ trainee.

"It's totally volunteered, and only 10 percent of 40 workers are paid, and those take on other duties," Brendan Spaar, KLPI production director and a junior computer information systems major, said. "There's more advantages to being a DJ than getting paid."

Spaar said each DJ is given a test at the end of the training quarter to verify everything that has been learned. The trainees are required to DJ one hour on air to prove they are capable of pushing all the buttons to make the show run.

After two quarters of being a DJ, students are classified as senior members of KLPI.

"It is the whole KLPI community that makes me happy to work there," Chris Rowland, a KLPI DJ and a senior computer information systems major, said. "We find unity through music."

KLPI offers specialty shows to listeners beginning at 10 p.m. each night. Chick rock, Christian, classic rock, hip hop, metal, industrial and techno are just a few specialty shows aired on KLPI.

"It's a good time for students to express themselves after 10 p.m., and there is a theme for each specialty show," Spaar said.

During specialty shows, students can call in and request songs along the theme of that night's program.

"Tech has many different varieties of students and many types of varieties of music need to be played," Beth Constans, a sophomore animal science major, said. "I only hear alternative music."

The station originated in 1967 as WLPI, an AM station. It was started by an engineering student out of his residence hall room. Eventually, the station changed to FM and has continued to grow ever since.

KLPI is involved in many campus activities. It hosts live remotes from orientation each year and encourages students to tune in.

"We are here for the students," Spaar said.

Trivia questions are often asked and prizes given to the listener that answers correctly.

Prizes include compact discs, free lunches, athletic tickets, concert tickets and tickets for theater events on campus.

"I always see KLPI at Tech events on campus, and I enjoy listening to their specialty shows," Tara Milligan, a senior health information administration major, said.

Working for KLPI gives students an opportunity to conduct on-air interviews with bands that come to campus.

"It really gives students more of a voice on air, and it is part of the student body," Spaar said.

"It is the sound of the students interconnected to everything at Tech."

KLPI studios are located in Centennial Plaza. Students can listen to KLPI 89.1 FM all day, every day and online at

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