One thing that sets KWTS The One 91.1 FM apart from other college radio stations is the fact we are student-run and student-produced. From the music selected to go on-air, to the production pieces played throughout, and even the management side of things, all of these positions are filled by students. Paid students, in fact. Yes, we get a paycheck to learn real life experience, and not just radio stuff. It goes deeper than that, such as building leadership and teamwork abilities, sharpening software skills, and creating in which only college can do.
One of our own, Dane Glenn, has done just that. Four years and some change ago he entered the Media Comm program, a runaway from the English department. At about his senior year there, he decided he couldn’t explicate any more Shakespeare. He wanted to crack open another Chaucer or Austen novel for entertainment, not for homework. Also, movies.
Yes, Dane wanted to learn the cinematic craft that can be art and crap. Since he could remember, the best, most endearing and thoughtful babysitter he had ever had was Television. Sometimes its friend VCR would come over as well. Here Dane escaped, learned, laughed, cried, and ultimately, was entertained. So it was only natural he end up in the Media Comm department; a risky move considering all his earned English credits, but at the heart of every great on-screen story, there must be a well-written script. Guess that money spent on those past courses wasn’t wasted after all.
Dane moved up quick in KWTS (not to mention the department). Yes, he started out as a student in KWTS Practicum, doing his 2 hour shift a week just like everyone else. Later, he started his own special show, The 8 Bit Boombox, an homage to the greatest decade ever, the 80s. Soon after he got the position as Program Director (an idea he jumped at last minute because he was uncertain he had the time or the courage to take the job). Since, he has been a part of the National Broadcasting Society, Maroon Productions (on-campus, student-produced media group), co-hosted a morning show (The Black Tie Affair), co-hosted an award-winning podcast (Director’s Cut), and graduated somewhere in that mess.
Now, he is in his last year of graduate school, running KWTS under the title of Operations Manager. This semester marks his 5th go round to teach KWTS Practicum, and his first to teach Basic Video. He has been a GA to pretty much whoever needs one, including Professor of Broadcasting, Randy Ray, and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Dr. Jessica Mallard. At some point he should say “no”, but without all those “yes’s”, he wouldn’t be where he is today.
Dane has two kids, a teenage daughter and toddler son. He cherishes the hell out of his kids and they are a driving factor for his future career. One day he will marry his love, Jordan Gerber, who has been nothing short of the cornerstone of his life. When he is not doing homework, grading papers, critiquing videos, running the radio station, or working on his thesis, he likes to hang out with his family, mainly parks and the Discovery Center. For him time though, he enjoys the lost art of reading, playing video games, and catching up on the latest Netflix series or watching any film (no rom-coms though). He enjoys a cold-craft beer, a thick cigar, and a well-deserved golden moment to ignore life. But he does love his jobs, and as far as his college career and future career goes, it wouldn’t have happened had he not enrolled in KWTS.