Major: Music Industry and Technology
Hometown: Clovis, CA
Program Position: Music Director | KCSC
How did you first get connected with KCSC?
I’ve always loved mixing CDs and sharing music, but I never pictured myself working in a radio station. I had a friend my freshman year who was a DJ at KCSC. She suggested I listen to her show. I did and I loved it. We have similar tastes in music, so I joined KCSC and we DJ’ed a show together. We both took some time off for study abroad, but now we’re back as team and our show is called Forbidden Forest. Our music is a combination of dream pop/experimental/neo-R&B.
How would you describe your current position with KCSC?
I control the inflow of all music to the station. I talk with promoters and record labels to be sure they are sending us music consistently throughout the semester. I disperse all the albums to staff members for personal reviews and then put the albums in the on air room for DJs to play. I also do weekly charting to see what albums are being played the most at KCSC, and then I put those rankings into a national college radio station database.
What does working at the station do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Joining KCSC was the best decision I’ve ever made! Personally, I’ve made friends for life. In my classes, I’ve learned the general overview of the music industry, but my job allows me to see how it applies in a college radio station environment. Professionally, it has really jump-started my career because of all the industry connections I’ve been able to make. And there are benefits to having an internet radio station. I have friends in England who are able to listen to my show!
What do YOU bring to the table in your position at KCSC?
I’m calm and understanding. I can mediate well in meetings. My eclectic taste allows me to suggest or recommend other music genres to my peers in order to expand their musical interests.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the KCSC better prepare you for that path?
My dream is to be a music supervisor, the person who chooses and licenses music for TV shows, movies, commercials, etc. With over 100 interns here at the station, I’ve been exposed to an incredible variety of musical genres/tastes. That exposure plus the industry connections I’ve made are invaluable to my career.