Iâ€™ve never pulled an all-nighter before.
â€œPshaw,â€ you might say, what with me being a college student and all, but Iâ€™m actually quite economical with my time. Sure, I came close a couple of times â€“â€“ especially that one night where I had about 15 pages of essay due in the morning â€“â€“ but I really wanted my first time to be special.
But Iâ€™m pulling my first one tonight, against all odds, and it isnâ€™t even for homework. 90.5 KCSU FM is running the 24-Hour DJ-a-thon, and somehow, Iâ€™m in it.
Iâ€™m going to arrive at 8 a.m., savor the last breath of fresh air I will have in a day, and then stand plaintively with my fellow DJs as the door to the studio closes and locks. I anticipate that the sound the final deadbolt makes as it slides coldly into place will be particularly horrifying.
I hope theyâ€™re not actually locking us in. Of course, thatâ€™s what the station says, but itâ€™s a marketing strategy, right? To make it sound worse than it actually is? Right? Otherwise, lunchtime could get a bit interesting.
So weâ€™re in there for a full day. Thankfully, I havenâ€™t dated or gotten impixlocated near any of these people, so I have nothing to be uncomfortable about. Weâ€™ll be running programming for the whole day, so I imagine Iâ€™ll play Radiohead every twenty minutes and DJ EZ-B, who will also be there, will get on a Blur kick at about 11 a.m. only to denounce the band as Britpop posers at 4 p.m. At around 6 a.m. on Saturday, Allie (our news director and fellow DJ-a-thon-er) might go on an incoherent tirade about whale populations in Chile. If weâ€™re lucky.
Actually, looking at things now, this might be the most enjoyable all-nighter Iâ€™ll pull all year.
Alex Hall can be reached at email@example.com.
WHAT: Third Annual DJ-a-thon, a 24-hour fundraiser for our in-studio-performance area
WHO: Three popular and scared DJs
WHEN: 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday