Starting today at 9 a.m., CSUâ€™s student-run radio station 90.5 KCSU will host its 2nd annual â€˜24-Hour DJ-a-Thon.â€™
Four of their best DJs will be locked in KCSUâ€™s studio for a full 24 hours, as they raise money from their listeners. Fans can donate online during the event at www.kcsufm.com.
â€œWe do a DJ-a-thon because itâ€™s kind of goofy fun, and everyone wants an excuse to skip school and stay up for 24 hours,â€ said Adelaide McComb, who goes by DJ Smashface.
â€œOn the business side of things, we do the DJ-a-Thon to raise money for the in-studio performance area, as well as possibly replacing our vault computers,â€ said KCSU Station Manager Dylan Wray. â€œItâ€™s a fun way to raise funds, instead of relying on just a few people to bring money into the radio station.â€
The $1,000 raised during last yearâ€™s DJ-a-Thon helped the station greatly.
â€œIt ended up saving us. We used it for emergency funding for equipment that was failing,â€ Wray said.
Faced with the quagmire of fundraising, a DJ-a-Thon not only helps the station but is also fun for the listeners.
â€œThe first time I ever really listened to KCSU was during the 24-hour DJ-a-Thon last year,â€ said Erin Browne, who goes by DJ EZ-B. â€œAnd I thought, â€˜This is completely ridiculous, I need to be a part of this.â€™â€
â€œItâ€™s a super-program show, so it gets to highlight a lot of the DJs that are at KCSU who have regular shows at other times of the week that come on and drop their talent, all crammed into 24 hours,â€ Wray said, â€œand thatâ€™s what makes it so special.â€
If this DJ-a-Thon is anything like the last, listeners should expect all sorts of shenanigans.
â€œSome really interesting conversations happen around 3 in the morning,â€ said Nick Penny, who goes by DJ Stickley.
Wray said last yearâ€™s event featured a 12 a.m. dance party.
â€œWe took a bunch of pictures of people dancing and put them up on Facebook. It was great,â€ Wray said.
There still is a serious side to this event, and that is to raise money for 90.5 KCSU.
â€œWe have a really good radio station, and we have a lot of potential to perform, but we donâ€™t have all the equipment that we need,â€ McComb said.
â€œWe understand that a lot of our listeners are college students, every little bit helps,â€ Wray said.
Fan T-shirts, concert tickets and other prizes will be given away during the 24 hours.
â€œBy donating, youâ€™re helping your own listening experience,â€ Wray said. â€œIf we have more funds to improve the in-studio performance area, that means our live shows are going to be a lot better, which is better for the listening audience. By donating, it directly benefits you.â€
Staff writer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.