Major: Journalism/Public Relations Hometown: Palmdale, CA Class: Senior
Upon transferring to Chico State from Antelope Valley College, Jill forged a friendship that has defined her entire college experience. Her roommate’s friend was the general manager for the Associated Students internet radio station KCSC. Because Jill is a huge hip hop fan, he easily convinced her to co-host a weekly talk show with him called “Essence Restored.” The show was a forum for the two of them to discuss the ever-changing landscape of hip hop music. After a semester of volunteering at KCSC Jill took a big leap — she applied to be the general manager of the station and was hired.
Jill embraces the KCSC philosophy of providing exposure for music that doesn’t get airplay on commercial radio. As the station’s general manager she has the overall responsibility for all KCSC operations — everything from hiring and training DJs, to scheduling shows and managing the station’s budget. That level of responsibility is not daunting to Jill. She craves it. “I need to be busy. Being in charge made it all come together for me. Everything fell into place.”
Jill’s all consuming drive has been to grow KCSC’s presence on this campus. “KCSC used to be so under the radar. My focus is promotion. We’ve magnified our existence. We have more DJs, interns, and volunteers than ever before.” Under Jill’s leadership KCSC has become the “go to” music provider on campus. KCSC can be found at WRECtacular, the Student Market, Up ’til Dawn, and all Women’s Center events to name but a few.
Jill schedules approximately 70 DJs to fill all the time slots from 8 am until midnight, and the station’s programming includes more than music. Talk shows are hosted weekly by the Women’s Center, Sustainability and the Orion. By the time Jill graduates in December, she wants to insure that the Cross-cultural Leadership Center and/or the AS Multicultural Affairs Council will have talk shows next semester. Programming also includes comedy shows featuring the extensive classic vinyl collection the station owns.
Jill is very clear about what she has learned from her KCSC experience. She doesn’t want her twin passions of writing and music to be tied to a paycheck. “I’ve discovered that I love managing and training people. I like helping people to succeed.”
In Jill’s words:
“As a transfer student I had two years to get on track and find my place. My college life came together as soon as I found KCSC. Had I not found my niche, I might’ve gone back home. KCSC made everything click for me. It brought like minded people together who had shared passion for all different genres of music: indie, electronic, hip hop, blue grass, metal, reggae, etc.”