I’ve been involved with WVFS, Florida State’s radio program, since I got here two years ago. Participating with the public relations team meant organizing fundraisers, spreading flyers, and selling merch at shows (at which we get free admission – awesome). I applied to become a DJ a couple of times before this semester to no avail. It wasn’t surprising, considering there are something like 60 applicants every term.
This semester, though, I was called in for an interview. The large pool of candidates was narrowed down to a lean 15 or so, from which the department had to select six. You can’t imagine my delight when I was chosen. Since the station runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (yeah, even December 31st at 11:59 am, I know right?), the newbies are allotted the graveyard shift: 2 am – 6 am, one day out of the week.
These wonderful nocturnal hours have allowed me to sift through the endless catalog at the station. I’m talking walls of shelves that extend from well above your head down to your toes, packed cozy with CD cases side-by-side. It’s overwhelming, really. Not to mention the extensive vinyl selection, complete with classic LPs, 7” splits, and obscure ‘45s.
I could go on about the specialty programs that the station hosts, like the Vibes House Reggae Jam on Saturday afternoons (the best time to listen to reggae, I mean, really); Legacies, the spotlight on traditional singer-songwriters of all decades; and Staring at the Sun, the bizarre experimental weirdness that airs only the premium in avant-garde. I can rant about the radio’s character-building emphasis on physical copies of music, not relying on effortless clicks on a computer screen, but instead requiring DJ’s to pull the disc or wax and sync it to play.
My point is this: participating at the station through PR and now this – announcing and being able to pick music and share it with listeners – is one of the best things I’ve done with my school career. My other point is I’m hosting right now until 6 am. It’s 4:45 am, you know you’re awake. Tune in to 89.7 FM if you’re in Tallahassee or stream it from your iTunes/WinAmp. You can browse our catalog, find something you want to hear, make my task easier and request it.