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10641135_722382777809990_6761731727197834191_nYo, we got over 26 boxes worth of vinyl. TWENTY-SIX. You know what that means for a DJ like me? Weight lifting. Yup. I didn’t have to go to the Rec Center for a few days. With the series of bad thunderstorms and the awkward calm before the midterm craze, DJs took the time to clean out the storage room and go through all the vinyl that has been collecting dust over the decade. Seriously. We got some stuff from the early 80′s…possibly older. It’s always nice looking through old WVVS history. As station manager and a DJ, I think it’s important for DJs today to look through the old music library (analog AND digital) in order to understand the times back then. And having a station in the deep south, some of the Jazz is VERY important to southern culture. Oh, and the boxes are still sitting in the office. I guess I’ll have to tidy those up eventually, even though it’s always fun watching some officers trip. But seriously. Go to your local record store and flip through some of the vinyl if you want to hear some very good quality music. Thank goodness for music storage rooms and technica record players!

10636313_718518898196378_155566855832701181_nWe’ve also been busy with revamping our production! So it’s late right? The mass media building is locked. The recording rooms are closed in the library. And your car just isn’t up for the job of sound booth. What do you do? We youtubed that stuff and came up with a portable sound booth! We took some of the sound foam and stuffed it gently against a box. And viola! Perfect for late night recording! Also fun to record in awkward places that have horrible walls. It’s really fun! But the only thing embarrassing is sticking your head in a box with “weird foam stuff” and talking to “yourself.” If you were a DJ, talking to yourself is normal. We always envision an audience in the station. Talking to yourself is fine. Not weird at all…

AND BECAUSE OF THE RAIN…

10653450_724127740968827_4786484777931530747_nErin and I like to bully each other up. When I can’t hamster outside and try to pretend I’m a great soccer player or something, Erin and I work out by chasing each other around the station. This is me attempting to get footage of her for our little film project. It’s the “slide and crunch”. Erin is hiding behind the trifold board. Hers is “dunk and crunch.” The other DJs aren’t too sure what to do with us. They’ve dubbed us parents of the station. Erin is the mom and not as strict. I’m the dad apparently. Because I get upset when someone turns the “master mic” a different way opposite of my directions. Yo. Mics are expensive.

AND OF COURSE, BECAUSE WE ALL LIKE TO GAME…

10686602_10152475160168022_4572832223233159608_nCourtesy of VSU and Blaze FM alum Rizal Buckingham, we have an old TV, video games, a PS2 and my Xbox 360. When all the work is “done” and the homework is put aside to procrastinate later over, AND WHEN IT IS STILL RAINING, we play video games. Thanks, Rizal! It won’t be here forever, but we might as well take advantage of the tv…yo. Bring the popcorn.

The Happening, Chubby’s Chicken, and IMF

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Yo, The Happening 2014 was indeed happening. And it was hot, too! For those of you that missed out, you really missed out an some super sweet deals and free stuff. And for those of you who don’t understand the point of The Happening, The Happening is supposed to showcase all the organizations that VSU has to offer! From Freshmen who really want those free pens and buttons to upperclassmen looking for an extracurricular activity to do, The Happening is HAPPENING for everyone’s benefit. AND there were a lot of local Valdosta businesses as well getting to know VSU and it’s students.

Blaze FM had fun too! This was Production Director Nick Gillis’ first time running our tent at The Happening, and from my point of view, he did very well. Kept most of our free merch organized, recorded some students giggling over saying “GET BLAZED WITH BLAZE FM!” And he even managed to squeeze in some time to flirt with the ladies.

If you didn’t stop by our tent, then you missed out big time, man. We got them pens. Them water bottles. Them band stickers. Them homemade magnets (Asian Martha Stewart Style), and (if you were a cute girl), Nick passed out the last of our tshirts. We also had Blaze FM posters, some merch from local artists such as Oddly Known, AND YOU COULD HAVE BEEN ON AIR. But, and this is according to Nick, you had to go meet up with Bae.

Personally, I find that you were just nervous. It’s okay if you mess up now. But if Bae said to go get free food a few tents over, you gotta do what the Bae says.

BAE-rrito

BAE-nana

BAE-gle

BAE-guette

BAE-ed Spasanga

If you have multiple Bae’s, assigning a food to them would be smart, just in case you sent the wrong text to the wrong Bae. Just saying.

AND THEN THE #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGE HAPPENED! VSU’s The Spectator nominated us and OnTap magazine to do the challenge. WELL DID IT! HAH! And I, as Station Manager, had the lovely honor of dumping ice cold water on Nick Gillis’ and DJ personality Jess’ heads. It was quite refreshing for me after running around all day. AND A HUMONGOUS THANK YOU GOES OUT TO CHUBBY’S CHICKEN FOR BEING SO GENEROUS AND SUPPLYING US WITH COLD CLEAN WATER. We really appreciate it and it’s alway a pleasure eating dinner at 2AM at such a restaurant when Remerton shuts down. Seriously, y’all. The chicken is good. They’re located on Baytree Rd, just a walk away from campus.

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And to tie in music!

IMF in Atlanta is taking place THIS WEEKEND! Your top EDM artists taking over a good chunk of the city to play for you the best electronic music to date! And we did a ticket giveaway with the IMF sponsor IRIS PRESENTS. VSU student Gabby Granda won TWO tickets to IMF. The girl deserves it. She lives and breathes summer music festivals. LEH GO!

As I am posting this, it is now funky Friday. Everyone, please enjoy and be safe this Labor Day weekend!

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Music Artist Highlight: Geena Fontanella

YO! What do you get when you mix Katy Perry and her colorful hair and Zedd. And then add in summer 2014?

GEENA FONTANELLA.

Her pop vocals, some EDM influence, and a twist of dancing at a summer EDM music festival all adds up to one very happy college radio rotation this evening. At Blaze FM, we’ve been trying to form a dance genre for our listeners and Geena is perfect for such a cause. I decided to throw in three songs of Geena’s: Fight Again, Lose Control, and Dance Til We Die.

And it’s definitely different from what we usually play – alternative rock, indie, hip hop and some country. Now we do have some pop and a hint of trap somewhere in our rotation, but Geena’s music is the first in our “DANCE” playlist and we hope that we get to receive many more submissions for our dance playlist.

This is perfect timing for us, too, as we just gave away two tickets to IMF in Atlanta! So thanks, Geena, for being the first artist in our dance category. We just played you bee tee dubs at our top of the hour!

Everyone check out her Facebook page. She’s the girl with the purple streak in her hair. Which explains her About section obviously which simply states “Painting a town in a different color.” Her music definitely added in a bright color to our station.

Oh and dude, check out those pugs on her Facebook page. Too adorable. This last statement has nothing to do with her music. I just like pugs, too.

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their first day back to college! Freshmen, don’t go too crazy. The first thirsty thursday is coming up in a few days and we don’t need to mess up the first week of the semester now do we. Study hard and listen to Blaze FM! Request Geena Fontanella, too.

Much love, Claire

PS: https://www.facebook.com/GeenaFontanella

 

Fall Semester SAY WAH?!

Yo. FALL SEMESTER BEGINS THIS MONDAY! ohmagerd. Make sure to read the end of the blog post. It’s deep as getting a spoon stuck in a jar of peanut butter.
I realize that many students are excited. I, on the other hand, am tad bit sad. You see, I graduate in December, thus this past summer was my LAST summer as a student EVER because I don’t plan on pursuing a Masters. I, my friends, am going to jump into the big pond and get a big girl radio job. Hopefully. Any takers for me? I’m kinda cool, I promise.
Anyways, summer is over and school is going to be in session, which means only one good thing at least: RADIO. Our college radio DJs are back and they’re ready to give you a taste of college lingo that no parent wants to hear (but is still legal within FCC guidelines, thank you). We have a lovely staff, many of them rookie dis, which is always a good thing because they can grow together, learn from each other, and develop radio personality talents with each other. Just ask Erin and I. We started out as rookies together and developed very distinct personalities from one another. My wish is that one day, these DJs will become close with each other like the current officers and myself. I have great faith in this round of personality.

Speaking of officers! Meet the lineup for the Fall 2014 semester!

Claire Contevita (that’s me, yo): Station Manager
Erin Ellis: Urban Music Director, pretty much the unofficial VP if we had such a title
Morgan Matthews: Promotional Director, future CEO of something cool and businesslike
Frank Amoroso: Alternative Music Director, massive CD scouter. Quite Interesting.
Nick Gillis: Production Director, upcoming SM, G-ROQUE IN THE HOUSE.

I’m tempted to put up selfies of ourselves, but you can just check out our Facebook pages and creep on from there.

Every semester, college students want to start over. Do better. Reach more goals. Grow as adults. The radio station wants to do the same. We want to do better. Reach more goals. Grow as a station and adapt to the changing times of society in a technological and social age.

Oh…here’s a cool rant (and you may argue with me for the sake of a good conversation):

In a time of technological innovation and a wave of online social media super industry, one would think that we are connecting more than ever. Although we are “connecting” online more than we did ten years ago, we are by no means “social.” We sit behind a computer, tablet, phone, damn even a television now with “live” playing on game consoles. We are not socializing physically like humans used to do ten years ago. We’re always behind an object that makes the connection for us. Like radio personalities. We connect with our audiences. But by no means socialize. For many of you, we’ve met through the airwaves (or by email if you catch me in my business mode).
And this will be my goal for WVVS Blaze FM 90.9. We will strive to connect and socialize with our audiences outside of the radio station and not just behind a mic. We want to know our audiences and be friendly and all that peace, love, and happiness stuff. We have to. For Robin Williams, you know?

Welcome to class and happy blazing, yo.

-Claire

The Invisible World

Yo.

Ohmagerd. These guys. The Invisible World.

Guys, I’m seriously rabid-fan-girling right now. If you like Kings of Leon, you’ll love these guys, especially their song Better Man. OHMAGERD ALMIGHTY!

The alternative vibe they got going on, their location (Kansas City), the guitar. AND THOSE LEAD VOCALS.

OHMAGERD.

The Invisible World used to be known as A Dead Giveaway and they’ve been around for over ten years. And what? WVVS Blaze FM is NOW just getting one of their albums in our submissions mail? These guys will definitely be on our rotation tonight. Their music definitely reminds me of this past summer. Love, fun, work, relaxing. That one person that always chills with you at the house when you’re too broke to go to the bars.

The current EP that the station has is Welcome to the Invisible World. It’s a five track EP that has got me all up in my feels. I’m listening to it on replay right now. Listen to the lyrics as well. Reminds me of growing up, falling in love, and…those vocals really got me loving life right now. And not many vocals and lyrics can make me jump up and dance around – slow or fast dancing, doesn’t matter. The Invisible World is definitely on my “Station Manager’s Shuffle.”

For more information about this band, check out their page:

https://www.facebook.com/theinvisibleworld

Shayne Leighton’s “Invincible”

Shayne Leighton. AND SHE’S A BEST SELLING AUTHOR?!!?? She sings cool rock music AND she writes vampire novels.

Yo, Claire here. To begin with, I’m queen at multitasking. I’m training our new Alternative Music Director, blogging, facebooking, AND eating. Go me. I mean there’s not much I can do outside. It’s hot. And it’s raining outside. It’s somewhat gloomy because of the rain as well. But at the same time, the dark clouds outside and the distant thunder goes very well with Shayne Leighton’s song “Invincible.” The heavy guitar and very clear lyrics that tell you to go out and stand up for yourself against all odds makes me want to run through the rain and be victorious should I not get insanely wet.

OR…we can just get straight to the point and say that her music is tastefully associated with her vampire novels.

“We cannot fight to be innocent. Stand up and face the enemy. It’s a do or die situation. We will be invincible”

I’m going to be playing “Invincible” in my head while I read her work.

But, putting all funnies aside, it’s a good song. Shayne has that female voice that would make anyone want to go out and do something great. Be a hero, you know? And her voice is very soothing yet well rounded.

“We got the right to be angry. What are we running for?”

And now I am putting the book down and associate her music with other subjects. To be honest, and this is coming from my knowledge of the women and genders studies program here at Valdosta State University, this song would be perfect for the Vagina Monologues that take place here every Spring semester on campus. That or it would be perfect for the events that focus on physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and the goal to spread the awareness of those problems in our society.

All in all, it’s a very good song to lift your spirits and stand up for yourself. Now excuse me while I go run in the rain or find a cute vampire lover. Go check out Shayne Leighton! The song is to be released on August 12, 2014.

https://www.facebook.com/shayneleightonfans

 

 

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Yo.

Hang on. Whenever anything starts with “yo,” just know it’s probably me talking/typing. Me equals Claire.

Okay.

Yo. So EDM, also known as Electronic Dance Music if you want to be difficult, has been surging up up and up in popularity amongst pop culture and music. You got SXSW, EDC, ULTRA, LOLLAPALOOZA, DAYGLOW etc etc. Just google it and there’s probably a festival near YOU.

A summer full of festivals for you and your friends to get crazy at.

And of course you need a festival to be the grand finale to end summer yes? How about…

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL in Atlanta. It’s on August 30-31st. TWO WHOLE DAYS OF EDM! And its in Atlanta too and word on the social media street is that ATL has been pretty cool for raves and rages and all that stuff. I myself really want to go. It looks like my kinda party. But WVVS Blaze FM wants you to go, too! That’s why, thanks to Iris Presents, we have TWO tickets to giveaway for IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL! EEEEK!

Just go to Facebook.com/WVVSValdosta, send us a message telling us WHY you deserve two tickets to IMF and what it means to get blazed with Blaze FM. We don’t want a novel but hey, the funnier the better.

Here are some links to check out for more information (say that with a french accent) about IMF and ze lineup!

http://www.mixcloud.com/localeclectic/imagine-music-festival/

http://facebook.com/WVVSValdosta

http://www.fuse.tv/2014/01/best-music-festivals-2014

http://imaginefestival.com

https://www.facebook.com/irispresents

http://www.irispresents.com

New Music – The Kut and The Jones Rival

Hey All

Blaze FM receives many music submissions on the daily. From rock to hip hop, we got it! Recently, we went over some music submissions and pleasantly found that we got some international stuff filling your ears all the way from across the pond in England AND, if you want to take a leap across the lake, Australia.

Check out The Kut from London and The Jones Rival from Australia. Both bands are alternative rock, each with their own flare of  “in your face, I don’t care what you think” personality.

THE KUT

1. An all girl band. That’s hot.

2. Their Facebook profile says that their genre is basement rock. Thats hotter. Nothing says fun that a basement party underneath mom and dad’s home in a quiet little English neighborhood. I’m being serious.

3. It’s a three piece band. Maha (cool name, dude) is vocals/guitar. Alison is bass. And Amanda is drums. Would like to point out that Maha has blue hair.

Just check out their Facebook. They simply look awesome. Like 80′s awesome. Anyways, if you’re looking for some lady power beats to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend with, or dance, or grab your crush and make out with, we put their upbeat, heavy bass and guitar song Mario on our rotation.

“Marioooooooo, it’s the little things, in my head.”

THE JONES RIVAL

1. Dude, I’m gonna go surfing. That or go skateboarding and be a force to be reckoned with on the boardwalk in SoCal. Or Australia, since that’s where they’re from. That about sums up their music. And we love it.

2. This is the kind of band that you jump around on the beach to or bop your head to in the car with your friends on a sunny afternoon day by the water. Oh and they’re from Sydney so that makes sense. It’s a four piece band. Adam does vocals and guitar. Evan does guitar. Shaun does drums. And Lanky does bass and vocals. I like the name Lanky.

3. Facebook says that their genre is garage rock pop. The vocals attached to Adam and Lanky however tells me that their genre needs to be beach rock pop. Like every time I play it, I feel as if I should be in Pacsun, which is a good thing. It’s definitely going on my list called “Highly recommend to have fun to.” We put their new single, Uncle Frank, up on rotation. It’s def worth turning an ear to.

Here are some photos from Blazefest 2014!

Check out more photos on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/WVVSValdosta

Vinyl Record Surfing

If someone walked into the station right now, like at this very instant, burst through our two security doors and through the office, they would find a normal Blaze FM situation. Rizal, our altnernative music director, took it upon himself to go through our boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of OLD vinyl. Not that stuff that is made today. You know, current music that is recorded digitally and then “backtracked” onto vinyl. I’m talking about LEGIT vinyl, dude. LEGIT. There are three other guys in the radio station. They’re not DJs, and as station manager, I’m honestly paying them no attention for a few reasons: 1 – They’re not in a band so I can’t use my radio charm to talk to them about music. 2 – They’re in the middle of playing Magic all over my office floor so I further cannot bother them while they’re concentrating on magical stuff. 3 – I feel like I’m intimidating them because I am a girl. They’re ignoring me. Even after I said hello. 4 – I’m way too busy staring at them because they remind me of the characters from The Big Bang Theory. And then there is the music. Music is always playing in this part of the building. Duh. But rather than the radio playing, Rizal decided to whip out the good old Audio-Technica record player and play some Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and their “Suite for Pops.”

For those that don’t understand what that means at first, like me for instance, the moment they see the album title, it means JAZZ. Plus, there’s a sticker on the cover that reads “Jazz is on the Horizon: The greatest big band in the world in a musical tribute to Louis Armstong.” This record was recorded between 1972 and 1975. As a DJ, holding something this real and classic, especially something as important for the music industry in the 60’s and 70’s as vinyl was back then, I feel nostalgic. I know, why would I feel nostalgic? I’m a 22 year old college radio DJ who grew up in the 90’s and 00’s. The hype of vinyl was WAY before my time. But you see, vinyl is coming back. Kids my age are investing in record players and vinyl of classic and modern music quality. As a kid who loves music, vinyl is freakin’ cool because it’s different. It’s not an mp3. It’s definitely not a CD. And it’s not a tape. It’s this huge flat disc that one must take care of PROPERLY. Plus the cover artwork is absolutely ah-mazing.

Update: Rizal can’t find the classic rock. He’s still immersed in the boxes of jazz and jazz and jazz.

Long story short: As a radio DJ in her twenties, playing vinyl is more than just “listening to music in it’s purer tone.” Playing vinyl reminds me of the musical artists, audio engineers, and music itself that started a spiral of events and music history that contributed to why I am a DJ. It’s like I’m around my grandparents. Because if it weren’t for grandparents and parents, I wouldn’t be around. Weird…I know but it’s the same with music. If it weren’t for vinyl and these musicians from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, I wouldn’t have the chance of working with the current bands and musicians today.
Update: Rizal has found the 80’s rock vinyl in the music storage room. Time to put on some DAWN PATROL.

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