radio station offers experience in music scene
By MELISSA IVEY
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
KLPI studios are located in Centennial Plaza. Students can listen
to KLPI 89.1 FM all day, every day and online at www.891klpi.org.