By Emily Prestwood
Whether a snow storm is pounding Amarillo or a lazy summer afternoon that won’t pass by soon enough, the FM90 Amarillo College radio disc jockeys are eager to bring students the latest in news and music.
The 100,000-watt student run station gives aspiring radio DJs an opportunity to live what they love. Entertaining people through the radio is an enriching opportunity and easy to get into.
“When middle school kids come through, I tell them to try and get in radio or media because you’re going to have to produce content no matter what career you pick,” said KACV-FM Program Director, Brian Frank.
Frank said the purpose of the station is to teach students skills to go get jobs.
Becoming a radio DJ for FM90 is simple. A student only has to take the basic mass communication requirements and the introduction to radio TV as a prerequisite. Students who do not want to major in mass communications can take the radio course as an elective with an advisor’s approval.
“Students who oppose it get in the room by themselves and love it,” Frank said. “It’s attitude more than anything.”
“The cool thing about radio is that it is the most intimate form of communication,” Frank explained. “In the car, people still have it on as a companion. I mean people really listen.”
Frank said there are no specific requirements or skills needed to get into the program.
Trey Holt, a current DJ, who is majoring in radio TV production and is the Student Music Director, said, “It is good to be able to interact with people well, but I did not know anything about music when I started.”
Holt said he is glad to have the station because radio is a fundamental resource to let people know what is happening around them.
“I always wanted to entertain people and I love to make people laugh,” Holt said. “Here we have a great platform to get personality out. It is more fun than a bigger station, because we do not stick to just one genre.”
Travis Kemp, another DJ, majoring in office administrating, said, “You need to be able to step in when needed, have a can-do attitude and it helps to have some music knowledge.”
Although he is not a mass communications major, Kemp said he thought he could give being a DJ a try because like Holt, he always wanted to make people laugh. He said FM90 is a great place to do just that because it lets you experiment with different things.
Kemp hosts a radio show called All That Jazz 5-8 p.m. on Sundays.
Broadcasting 18 hours a day, the radio lab is open outside of normal AC lab hours to ensure that students constantly stay in touch with the world around them. Whether a student is on the road or bored at work, the FM90 DJs are always broadcasting live what’s new across the Amarillo skies.