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The show doesn't go exactly as planned. They had scheduled live interviews with two UMKC men's basketball players. Neither had a car, though, and the players were worried that if the hosts drove them, they would violate NCAA rules about the media providing transportation. So the K-ROO crew pretaped the interviews.
"I'm not quite sure I consider myself a member of the media yet," Tapp says, introducing the interview. "I mean, we do have classes with these people, so it seems a little silly that we can't give them a ride."
In the midst of getting guests onstage, ordering $4 pitchers of PBR, and making sure the recorded parts are playing properly, they're hit with bad news. K-ROO's funding has been withdrawn by the school.
Osburn, Tapp and Witkowski appear unfazed. They'd rather focus on the show and socialize with friends hanging out in front of the broadcast table. The show rolls on.
The trio interviews Mike's redheaded barkeep, Avery. They left a jar on the bar for patrons to submit questions for the segment. Several of the questions are too racy to ask on-air, but the interview is the most intriguing part of the night. The audience, which has grown to a couple of dozen friends, is paying attention now. The hosts didn't bring speakers, so the crowd is quiet in order to hear the questions and answers.
The show also features a trivia game and Tapp's eight-and-half-minute radio drama, The Hunt for the Phantom Cat.
At 9 p.m., Witkowski ends the episode with a modest plug for next week's edition of Mic'd at Mike's. "Check us out next week," he says.
Weeks after pulling K-ROO's funding, the university reversed course.
Angela Cottrell, director of UMKC's Office of Student Involvement, met with the K-ROO staff to discuss why the funding dried up. She discovered that in 2010, Mel Tyler, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment, said he wouldn't allocate K-ROO's funding because no progress was being made. Cottrell told Tyler about the station's advancement, and the money was released.
Tapp, Witkowski and Osburn were in the mood to celebrate during their fourth edition of Mic'd at Mike's. They've brought speakers on this Monday night so the audience can hear the show.
Witkowski tells The Pitch that the money will allow the station to host concerts and buy new studio equipment, which is important because the sound-mixing board broke earlier in the week.
"It puts us in a position where we don't have to worry that if something breaks, we're out of business," Witkowski says.
Osburn remembers the long, pointless K-ROO meetings from a few years ago and the uncommitted volunteers. Picking at a plate of nachos, she admits that K-ROO seemed like a long shot until last November.
"No, I definitely didn't think that I would be sitting here at Mike's having the equipment to broadcast," she says.
All three are on track to graduate in May. They fear for K-ROO's future.
"That's rough, making sure that there's someone like us to keep doing this," Osburn says. "Part of me wants to go to grad school just to make sure it happens."
But Witkowski, Tapp and Osburn will have to trust that the new crop of DJs will turn K-ROO into a UMKC institution.
"Ryan and I always joke that the studio is going to be named after us someday," Osburn says. "That's a terrible name for a studio. Like, 'Hey, guys, let's go to the Osburn-Witkowski Studio to do some radio!' "