In the beginning hours of September 2017, KSLU held its first executive board meeting of the year. In a studio filled with three times as much furniture as it needed, onboarding Training Director Caleigh Horan and I sat on a couch and absorbed as much information on the inner world of college radio as we could. College radio is entertaining because of the way that it is. KSLU, or the practicing organization of college radio at SLU, has been around since 1920. When founded, KSLU was named “We Empower the World,” or WEW, and was sold a few decades back and turned into a Christian Science radio station. Current WEW claims to be the second oldest radio in the United States- this statement being a complete and utter farce. Please boycott WEW. Radio in general exists because of college radio, as radio in the States began as college radio, and college radio essentially began at SLU a century ago. A century later, radio still existed in cars to and from 9-to-5s, and KSLU kinda didn’t. There is a difference between floating by and flying high, and there is a difference between rhyming intentionally and with a schtick in mind. Either way, a shift in the relationship between KSLU and KSLU and KSLU and the St. Louis and SLU community occurred mid-academic year in December 2017.
College radio essentially began with KSLU, and if college radio doesn’t die with KSLU, this will have all been for nothing. Caleigh Horan stumbled upon a lil breaking thing and nearly single-handedly empowered a generation of weird, music-enthused, ABBA-loving family-oriented young foolish college students to launch musical notes and spoken words into the ignored stratosphere in the form of sound waves.
This episode of the 8AM Lecture Series features Caleigh Horan, General Manager of KSLU college radio station.
In short, the interview devolved into a creature comprised of unintelligible inside jokes and patchwork memories of the 2017-2018 school year. If you end up listening to this 8AM, you will be listening to a portrait of how a beautiful friendship can be built when people meet to fix something. It’s an hour long. College radio, and radio in general, is potentially on its way out of the cosmos by Carl Sagan. No matter what happens to radio, KSLU will probably still be holding on. Thanks to Caleigh Horan for strengthening our grip. Onward into extinction.