YO. Blog entry from the station manager right here:
Last week, Valdosta, VSU, and WVVS experienced rolling blackouts, which resulted in a fried system that prohibits WVVS from running on automation. So, now we are all manual. AKA: REAL DJing. There are pros and cons to this. Pro: DJs can actually DJ where they fade in and out of songs, press buttons, change CDs, manually log, and control volume levels. This is what DJs did before the digital age. Back when pirate radio dominated. Curt Cobain changed your heart. Records and turn tables were the ways to socialize rather than online social media. When you had to run to the CD collection room and grab a pile of CDs to play for your audiences. Everything involved physical movement. Thought. It involved heart. Djing. That is DJing.
AND IT IS SO DIFFICULT.
Automation has spoiled me. And to be honest, I feel like it doesn’t help DJs appreciate the music. Which is why I’m not too terribly pissed off that the station isn’t fixed yet. I mean I am still very annoyed. But this was a wake up call. DJs. We need to actually stop and really listen to the music now rather than just playing music. Out of everyone we should stop and appreciate what is playing rather than just hitting the auto button and go on break every 4 songs. This is a nice lesson before graduation. A reminder of where music comes from and to always never forget music’s roots and beginnings.
Okay, enough of the sappy stuff. CONS:
We don’t have enough DJs to manually run the board and play music. I mean, if I didn’t have class and work, I’d totally do it. And just set up camp for half the day until someone takes over. But that’s not going to happen. So, please bare with us and be patient. We don’t have enough DJs to fill 24 hours of manual DJing. That’s why we had automation. We try to go on air when we can. And we appreciate all the support we can get.
Okay, back to the sappy stuff.
I’m loving the music that I’ve been playing. A lot of it are alternative rock throwbacks. Chill music. Some loud and dancey. But mainly chill. I have fun DJing. It’s my happy place. I really get to know the band’s music. But like I said, I can’t DJ all day. So there is that one moment at the end of my shift that never fails to make me remember that my time is almost up as a college radio DJ. When I fade in that Asher Roth I Love College instrumental, it signifies the end of my shift, then it signifies that we’ll be going off air the next few hours until we can get another DJ in to manually play music, and then, on a deeper level, it signifies that a time of the radio station is coming to an end and I am ultimately leaving. After I sign off, the instrumental is no where near done. But rather than just fading out then and there. I let the instrumental continue to the very last second, fade on its own until no more music can be heard. And then I get really sad. And I miss the station. Even though I’m still technically in the station. It’s the idea of being off air that makes me sad on multiple levels. And it has made me realized that all I know is radio. I live and breathe it. This station has turned me into the hard working woman that I am today. And it’s been here for me during some very rough times. So letting go, letting the song fade out into dark, is one of the heaviest feelings I’ve ever experienced.
And…back to the happy stuff. Yo. If you want to know what I played this evening, here’s a paper I drew on: