In today’s radio world, automation is king. Some stations use it. Some stations don’t. Many don’t like it because it takes away real aspects of DJing. At WVVS, we use automation for the simple reason that we don’t have enough DJs to fill 24 hours worth of on air time in 2 hour shifts. Why we chose two hour shifts is a different and irrelevant story. The point is that when we don’t use automation, which a little more than half the day, what happens on air is usually freaking awesome. Now imagine our freaking awesomeness occurring for 24 hours rather than just half the day. We did just that. For 24 hours, we were not on automation. On October 3, 2014, we celebrated College Radio Day with the rest of the country and other college radio stations by having a DJ manning the control board and music playlist for 24 hours. Some of us day 8 hour shifts, a few did 4 to 6. Some did the usual 2 hour shift. We organized the best of our DJs to come in on Friday, which is honestly, more common for newbies, and we played our most popular music, adlibbed (and script read) our most popular stuff, and all around had a blast. And to have a DJ on air every hour for 24 hours here at Blaze FM is not very common nowadays.
But anyways, College Radio Day was a success! CRD is our way of celebrating the art of college radio DJing, indie music, indie promoting, and showing our respect for other DJs out there that are not a part of the corporate market of the radio and music industry. We understand that sometimes it’s difficult to be a college radio DJ. We face critics that say that radio is dying. We face bigger organizations trying to buy us out. We face our own universities who might not understand the importance of student ran stations. We face the potential loss of listeners. We face the rules of the FCC. There’s a lot we have to deal with but at the end of the shift and when we sign off at the end of the hour, it’s all worth it. College radio DJs are a whole different breed students. For starters, we’re too chill to give a letter before G. We want the music. We want to play the music. We want you to listen to the music. And we want to talk about the music and bond with you over the music. That’s all we care about. That and football if you live in the south like WVVS.
So on behalf of WVVS, happy College Radio Day. We can’t wait for next year!
Here was the rundown:
12am: Claire goes on air, very excited and hyped up. The other DJs are outside chalking in front of the union. Funny how the station manager decides to stay inside where it’s warm… jk jk jk
12:30am: Claire starts to program in more CRD stingers and sets the simulcast to play at 1pm. She also organizes carefully selected songs for the official Blaze FM CRD playlist.
12:46am: Claire walks into the office and finds 2 DJs wrestling each other to see who can mark the other first with Claire’s very expensive permanent markers. The other DJs are watching for entertainment. Ahem…
2:00am: Top of the Hour. Most of the DJs have left. The lights go out and the string lights are left on, creating a very chill atmosphere. Have y’all ever turned on the blue studio string lights and put Nirvana on air. Just saying.
2:30am: Black Widow by Iggy Azalea remix holla!
5:00am: Claire starts to get really tired. Misses her cue. Throws in another song. Goes on air immediately after that. Giggles profusely but manages to talk and fade into a Jason Aldean song.
7:00am: Claire goes outside for a quick bit of fresh air. There’s a chalked sign right outside the security door that says “Your Radio Big Loves You.” Yall… we just got all greeky up in here. Side note: Erin is somewhere in the building. Somewhere…
8:00am: Erin relieves Claire of the captain’s chair in the control room.
8:30am: Erin does this thing that would make her a good tv reality show host. Idk what it is exactly. But it’s easy imagine a crowd of people clapping for her as if she was walking out on a stage.
10:30am: Erin interviews a local artist on Jammin’ with Erin (insert Erin giggle here).
11:00am: Erin is still on air. To be honest, we’re not used to doing more than 2 hour shifts.
12:00pm: Arianna Pannel, a newbie, takes over. From a college veteran point of view, she’s learning pretty well and we’re impressed that she signed up despite the amount of pressure Claire was putting on DJs to make sure that the times and the songs that played were exactly right.
1:00pm: NATIONAL COLLEGE RADIO DAY SIMULCAST. AY AY AY AY AY. We’re on the official promo by the way.
2:00pm: Nick takes over. ‘nuff said.
4:00pm: Jessie J takes over. Hide the boys. Hide the fashion. And turn down the volume before it peaks. Just kidding. She did great. But for real. Hide the boys and hide the fashion. If there was a feminine aspect of Blaze FM, it’s Jessie J.
6pm: Nick takes over again. The transition between Nick and Jess is always hilarious. You would think that they hate each other but they really don’t. Oh. Adlibbing. That is all the Nick does.
8pm: Jordan Marshall, one of our returning DJs, shows up. I’m impressed. This is the perfect way for him to jump back in to Blaze FM. We thought we had lost him to school work, but the very smooth and insanely sincere DJ came back with his groove.
10pm: Tito Triple D on the mic. Oh dear.
10:30pm: Someone from CRD calls the station?! This is what happens when we sink twitter with our CRD tweets from the station. The station gets called all the way from New Jersey. Tito Triple D does her thing when she answers the phone. Meanwhile Claire is crying over Luke Bryan at the Luke Bryan concert in the middle of a muddy field in Tallahassee.
11pm: Where are the strobe lights.
11:30pm: Seriously. Where are the strobe lights.
12am: And that’s a wrap for CRD! We’re glad that Tito Triple D was the grand finale. She always knows how to throw a party in the station.