by brendan eckert
In my freshman year of college I was already aware of KSLU due to their appearance each time I was given a tour of SLU’s campus in high school. I liked radio, my mom has taken me to concerts, and my dad and papa were both in radio when they were my age. It felt almost like a duty to help expose people to new music, something out of the ordinary to make people happy. An old adage from my papa comes to mind “music is the best thing goin’ right now; it makes people feel good.” If I could live up to that standard, I was set.
I applied my second semester at SLU to be a DJ at KSLU. You would expect a happily ever after here, however it took until my sophomore year to get a show. After sorting through some scheduling trouble, I finally got into the studio. I had determined I would make my show a specialty show to play (almost) whatever I wanted. My first broadcast felt completely shaky. I had played the music, but my dialogue with the listeners (all 4 or 5 of them, mostly family) was wonky and wasn’t what I’d hoped. The next week I grew stronger and with each passing week I became more and more confident and began giving background to the themes, the albums, the band members, and anything else you could ask. I loved the trivia behind the music and I loved sharing what music was in my head that week.
In my junior year I became more and more involved in KSLU. After attending every event and meeting I could, I finally resolved to join the executive board. I got the role of co-website director with the formidable Ashleigh, who helped redesign the KSLU website. Over summer I had the honor of editing audio for multiple artist interviews and then published them to Already Bored. Our recent recruitment week was a smashing success with an attendance of 60 people at our open mic night. I’m proud to be a part of college radio because the people at KSLU are a genuinely great group of people that I’m proud to work, laugh, and party (in moderation ;) ) with. I look forward to spending more hours rockin’ the clock with these wonderful people.