"If you think you’ve got a good radio voice and could motivate your fellow listeners, enter our contest to join our on air crew. Call 785-864-2221 and leave your name, number and best 60-second pitch as to why YOU should be on air with KPR.
While it might not make much of a difference in terms of what you're hearing on your radio or Internet stream, at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, KU's KJHK 90.7FM will cease broadcasting from the Sudler Annex (aka "The Shack") and begin broadcasting from its new location on the third floor of the Kansas Union.
The final broadcast from the Shack will begin at noon, and I have been granted the great honor of being the last DJ to man the booth. Expect video and photos of me bawling like a baby tomorrow.
If you'd like to take a look at the station's new location, you can attend an open house today from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Says the station's Facebook: " Feel free to come by and see the new place and say hi to our DJs and maybe our listeners."
In addition to four first-place awards, the station received seven second-place honors and three honorable mentions. The first-place winners can be found below, with the remainder after the jump.
Best Enterprise News Package - "Ira Glass Interview" - Elliot Kort
Best Complete Sports Feature - "Bill Hancock Interview" - Kyle West, Kyle Larson, Chris Weaver, Marc Hoffman
Best Complete Sports Feature - "Darnell Jackson" - Michael Smith, Michael Spero, Scott Pelan
Best Station Promotion Announcement - "Audio Origami" - Mike Brennison
School breaks mean the KJHK airwaves open up to alumni. I've been taking advantage of that fact and worked the board, playing tunes a couple of times this week. Since it's a Friday evening, and the slot was free, I decided to resurrect my radio show for a one-night only rock-a-thon.
Thus, from 4-8:00 p.m. today, Sunglasesses After Dark will return to the airwaves, playing punk, garage, and rockabilly for the masses. You tune in via 90.7FM or listen via the website. It's streaming via iTunes radio, as well.
Call in with your requests at 785.864.4747. I hope to be able to make your weekend get started properly.
Carolina Chocolate Drops's debut on Nonesuch, Genuine Negro Jig, comes out today, and the group has done what we in the journalistic profession refer to as a "shitload" of press for the album -- a lot of which has been on National Public Radio.
First of all, they appeared on Mountain Stage back in January, wherein the band demonstrates their old-time string band sound, as well as branching out with a cover of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style." The band also performed that song when they appeared on A Prairie Home Companion when it stopped at Starlight back in 2007, which you can listen to on the show's website.
As if that wasn't enough, the trio was on All Things Considered last night, where Melissa Block interviewed them and they played three songs (one of which, "Cornbread & Butterbeans," is fast becoming the band's signature number).
Hit those three shows up, and you'll have a nice little primer of Carolina Chocolate Drops' sound, and be nice and primed to go pick that sucker up. I've been waiting two and a half years.
Up until January of 2008, Max Floyd had been on the air in Kansas City for over 30 years. He started with KY102 when the station launched in 1974, and managed to stick with KYYS even after an overnight format switch resulted in the whole on-air team moving to 99.7 in 1997.
Then, in 2008, 99.7KY became "The Boulevard," and Max Floyd was off the Kansas City airwaves. 34 years of nearly uninterrupted airtime, and gone without so much as a by-your-leave.
Floyd will, however, get his day on Saturday, January 30 at the Uptown Theater. Friends and colleagues will pay tribute the "Rock 'n' Roll General" by ripping him apart. It should be hilarious, and if you grew up on Kansas City rock 'n' roll radio like I did, you owe it to yourself to attend this. As an added bonus, KC legends Shooting Star will perform following the roast.
You can watch an interview with Floyd at the KSHB website to get yourself a short primer on Floyd's career.
Frequently featuring live, in-studio performances from the Lawrence musical community, as well as interviews that go way beyond the norm, George McGovernn and Richard Dickens consistently bring the most bizarre and entertaining things to the radio every Monday from 7-8:00 p.m. on 90.7FM.
It's a precursor to the band's final local show for a while. After they play the Replay tomorrow night with Bad Weather California, BBDDM leave for a month-long tour that will take them to the west coast and back.
Want to know what's playing on the radio, right now, all over the country? Check this website out.
It's called the YES Nation. It's nothing but a Flash app that displays what's currently playing on the radio all over the country, but watching it is absolutely hypnotic. You'll discover which areas have stations with a strong Latino lean, where certain singles are doing well, and by clicking on each city, you'll be taken to an even deeper listing.
If you'd like to take an opportunity to hear what your music blogger sounds like, I'm on the University of Kansas' student-run radio station right now until noon. You can tune in either online at KJHK's website, or via the radio waves floating through the ether at 90.7FM.
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