The Elizabethtown College radio station WWEC 88.3 has been operating since the 1960s and has been giving out plenty of entertainment throughout those years but the radio station would be nothing without the student DJs. Every semester, any student is welcome to start his or her own radio show. There is range of reasons why students start a radio show. Some start to host a show just for fun and to be involved in something, some may be required to have a show, and some have them for experience for a future in radio after college.
Why Start A Show In The First Place?
There were a few different reasons why students first decided to start a radio show. “I love music. It’s my passion, and if you love something, why not surround yourself with it,” said Shelby Meyerhoffer, who has her own radio show and is the music director at WWEC. Shelby also says that having a radio show helps to broaden her musical interests because it lets her hear artist she may not have heard before. While some started a radio show because of the love of music, some also started because of experience. “I thought it would be good experience and it would benefit me for my career,” Colin Jones said. Some students first decided to have a radio show for the pure joy of music and to be able to share their musical tastes with the world. “Music is such a beautiful thing and I really just wanted to share my electric/hipster music taste with the campus,” Allison Rohland said. Some students also started a radio show because it was required for a class.
For Fun Or For The Future?
To gain knowledge of the radio business from someone having their own radio show is one of the important advantages of having a radio show. There is a wide range of what people want to get out of doing a radio show. Some want to just have fun and maybe not think of it as a knowledgeable type of experience. “I can’t think of anything I have gained, except just having a lot of fun doing it,” Nathan Derr said. Some students hope to gain a basic knowledge of a radio station and how it works. “I just want to gain some general knowledge of how a radio show actually works and just have fun doing it,” Michael Galanek said.
However, some DJs take a more serious look at their experience as a part of WWEC. Some of the people who start a radio show may be interested in pursuing a career either in being an on-air DJ or working at a radio station for production. “One day I hope to be a news anchor or have my own radio show so everything I do for WWEC is practical experience,” Colin Jones said. Students who not only are DJs for WWEC but also are a part of the student run board have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience not only on the air but also behind the scenes. “It’s taught me a lot about managing people and situations, while also remembering to abide to FCC regulations, operate audio equipment, and to survive logistical and technical difficulties,” says Chelsea Decker, the co-station manager for WWEC.
“I pretty much just love having a jam session for a hour every week where I can de-stress,” Allison Rohland said. The student’s favorite parts of doing a radio show ranged from just being able to play great music to being able to make shout outs to friends listening in. Even though each DJ may have a different reason why they started their show or what they plan to get out of a radio show, the one thing that seems to be constant is the amount of fun each DJ has running their own show.
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