New sound in town

Feb 132011
Authors: Greg Mees

The new soundboards in the KCSU studio resemble the control panel of a spaceship, and with the DJ’s sitting in the pilot seat, the station is ready to blast off again after being on an automated system for nearly a month and a half.

The student-run radio station is buzzing with excitement about all of the new gear and being able to reach the ears of Fort Collins listeners once again.

“After working in a closet for a very long time, it’s nice to be back,” said Lauren Moser, underwriting director for KCSU. “People prefer DJ’s running it, rather than the computer.”

Station Manager Dylan Wray explains how it has affected running the station.

“It’s a really weird situation to be the station manager who doesn’t really have a radio station to manage,” he said. “It’s been kind of dead, and I’m ready for it to get energized again.”

Promotions Director Addie McComb is enthusiastic about being able to have giveaways on the air again.

“The equipment is so shiny, for one, but the other thing is that everyone is most stoked about, and this sounds ridiculous, is that the buttons work when you press them,” she said.

McComb said some of the old equipment was so out-dated that in order to answer the phone, DJ’s would have to the have the button “jammed down with a pencil for eight seconds” before it would work.

“In-studio performances will both be easier to set up, and will sound much better as well,” Nick Penney, production and booking director for KCSU said. “I know I appreciate it, and I’m sure listeners will as well.”

The station’s upgrade includes everything from a silver soundboard and new CD players to all new mic processors.

Wray said that the overall sound quality will improve because of the replacements.

In return for underwriting advertising provided by the station, the university funded KCSU’s $80,000 facelift, according to Larry Steward, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp.

The radio station has not seen an upgrade in studio equipment since the Lory Student Center flooded in the summer of 1997.

“The 13-year chunk of (enhanced) technology that we are going to be working with this semester is going to be incredibly nice,” Wray said.

And with the advancements, Wray and the rest of the station are going to continue to stress focus on education.

“Overall it’s really exhilarating, especially with all these educational opportunities for any of these students who want to come into KCSU and learn the art,” Wray said.

For students who want to learn how to use the equipment, it isn’t much different from using the old equipment.

“It’s easy for the new DJ’s to figure it out. Before, you had to work with the quarks of the old system,” Moser said.

This means a great deal to the CSU community as well.

“It is a really awesome benefit to those who work there. It takes it to the next level of quality and gives it the ability to serve campus and the rest of the community better,” Steward said.

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