Lauren Knight

Lauren Knight

Major: Communication Design
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Music Director | KCSC

How did you first get connected with KCSC?
I had a friend in the dorm who had joined KCSC as a DJ and he needed a co-host for his show. He said I had good taste in music and wanted me to co-host with him. The show is called The Right Frame of Mind and we’re still hosting it together 3-1/2 years later! We play all genres of music but we’re focusing on electronic music right now. When I first came to KCSC, I was the assistant to the music director and I also applied for a position on the Board of Directors and have been there ever since.

How would you describe your position at KCSC?
Currently I’m the music director and I work with a staff of 25 to make sure that the station plays the best music we can get our hands on. I talk to music promoters and record labels to make connections so they send us free music to play. I personally select my staff to see what their tastes in music are. I have them write a review of an album to see if they can accurately describe the musical stylings, instrumentation, etc. because those reviews are filed in the on-air room. The reviews provide an inventory of all the music available so a DJ can pick and choose exactly what music to play.  They’re kind of like Cliff Notes for the DJs.

I’m also responsible for making sure that my staff, all of whom are CDES interns, are fulfilling their internship requirements. Those include tabling, station promotion, special events – things that get them involved in all aspects of the station’s operation.

What does working at KCSC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I have made amazing friends here who will remain life-long friends. We really care about each other and are very supportive. Thanks to all the industry connections I’ve made in my job, I was able to do two internships in New York City last summer. I would never have had those opportunities had it not been for my KCSC networking.  I’m a broadcast minor, so I’ve learned how to speak on air. I’ve taken media performance classes and studied the history of radio, so all my courses tie in to what I do at KCSC, and what I want to do professionally.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position at KCSC?
I have great taste in music – I’m not biased about musical genres. I love discovering new music. I think it’s important to get people out of their comfort zone in music tastes. Also, things can get pretty intense running a radio station, and I don’t want people to forget why they became a part of KCSC. I want them to have fun. At the end of the day, it comes down to your passion for the music.

What are your career plans and how does your job with KCSC better prepare you for that path?
I want to go into artist and event management. I love live music and working hands-on with the artists. It’s a fun way to be creative. Working in music doesn’t seem like work to me. It’s who I am. It’s my passion. I graduate in December and have several exciting opportunities available to me. All the professional interaction skills I’ve gained at KCSC have set me up to be successful on this path.