Nov 042010
Authors: Michael Elizabeth Sakas

Starting today at 9 a.m., CSU’s student-run radio station 90.5 KCSU will host its 2nd annual ‘24-Hour DJ-a-Thon.’

Four of their best DJs will be locked in KCSU’s studio for a full 24 hours, as they raise money from their listeners. Fans can donate online during the event at

“We do a DJ-a-thon because it’s kind of goofy fun, and everyone wants an excuse to skip school and stay up for 24 hours,” said Adelaide McComb, who goes by DJ Smashface.

“On 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,” said KCSU Station Manager Dylan Wray. “It’s a fun way to raise funds, instead of relying on just a few people to bring money into the radio station.”

The $1,000 raised during last year’s DJ-a-Thon helped the station greatly.

“It ended up saving us. We used it for emergency funding for equipment that was failing,” Wray said.
Faced with the quagmire of fundraising, a DJ-a-Thon not only helps the station but is also fun for the listeners.

“The first time I ever really listened to KCSU was during the 24-hour DJ-a-Thon last year,” said Erin Browne, who goes by DJ EZ-B. “And I thought, ‘This is completely ridiculous, I need to be a part of this.’”

“It’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,” Wray said, “and that’s what makes it so special.”

If this DJ-a-Thon is anything like the last, listeners should expect all sorts of shenanigans.
“Some really interesting conversations happen around 3 in the morning,” said Nick Penny, who goes by DJ Stickley.

Wray said last year’s event featured a 12 a.m. dance party.

“We took a bunch of pictures of people dancing and put them up on Facebook. It was great,” Wray said.
There still is a serious side to this event, and that is to raise money for 90.5 KCSU.

“We have a really good radio station, and we have a lot of potential to perform, but we don’t have all the equipment that we need,” McComb said.

“We understand that a lot of our listeners are college students, every little bit helps,” Wray said.
Fan T-shirts, concert tickets and other prizes will be given away during the 24 hours.

“By donating, you’re helping your own listening experience,” Wray said. “If 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.”

Staff writer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at

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