KWTS DJ Spotlight: Layce Donnell

I’m Layce Donnell, I’m Junior in the Digital Comm department here at WT. I’m from the small town of Levelland, Texas which is near Lubbock. Most of you have probably never heard of it. I love music but my favorite genres are EDM and Classic Rock. Really anything that’s upbeat and happy is what I tend to listen to. My favorite artist is Jon Bellion and if you haven’t heard of him you should really check out his music. I’m really short so I’ve become immune to shorts joke for the most part. Out of all the things you can do with a degree in Digital Comm, my biggest interest is in sports broadcasting. I love the fast-paced nature of running cameras or being apart of the production of a live game.

IMG_1004I’ve also loved being apart of the KWTS practicum. I’ve made lots of amazing friends through this class and getting to talk on the radio is a really awesome experience that not everyone gets to have. We do so many fun things outside of the station as well, like going to movies together and doing community service projects which may not sound fun but it is when you’re doing it with a group of awesome people. If you’ve never taken KWTS Practicum you should definitely put it on your schedule so you could be apart of this amazing group!

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KWTS Special Show Spotlight: The Crypt

Like most good things, The Crypt began as a joke. Its host came up with the idea in a late-night discussion with his best friend. Danny, otherwise known as DJ Dry Bones, suggested how funny it might be to tell stories on-air in the same voice as The Cryptkeeper in Tales from the Crypt. When it came time to present special shows for KWTS practicum, Danny realized he may have stumbled onto something that was uniquely his.

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 Like most children would count the days to Christmas, he would count the days until Halloween growing up. Whenever the holiday came around, he would buy as many spooky decorations and trinkets as he could afford. Anything macabre, dark, or grim, he would automatically gravitate toward. Horror movies were a staple in his life. In fact, The Crypt’s poster is inspired by George Romero and Stephen King’s Creepshow. In middle school, he began listening to Depeche Mode, The Smiths, and The Violent Femmes, immediately falling in love with the strangeness of the early alternative genre.

When he came to KWTS, he discovered that there was nothing he would be more equipped for than taking on the role of “your host, the ghost with the most.” By playing exclusively early alternative and spinning tales of ghosts and ghouls each week, DJ Dry Bones shows his true colors (black, red, and occasionally slime green) in an unconventional way. 

Visit The Crypt on Tuesday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. for a true graveyard smash.

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KWTS DJ Spotlight: Brandon Minor

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Age:21
Major: Media Broadcasting
Classification: Sophmore
Transferred from South Plains College and this my 2nd semester here at WTAMU.
I am the host for the morning show this semester and my DJ name is Bminor.
I am a really funny person that loves to talk and cheer people up. Being the morning show host this semester is an amazing opportunity to learn and do my favorite thing which is to talk and get to know people. Music is also my escape and I love finding new music and making playlists. Because of my love for music I chose to be with the music team! I am looking forward to my time here at WT and getting out there and helping any way I can.

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Directors Spotlight: Katelyn Donais

Going into her freshman year at West Texas A&M University, Katelyn Donais didn’t expect anything special.  She grew up in Canyon, TX, so it was a short change of location from Canyon High School to WT. When signing up for classes, the advisor suggested that she pick the radio practicum as she heard students loved it. It didn’t seem like it would be too difficult, so Katelyn signed up.  Unbeknownst to her, this class included going on the radio once a week for a two-hour air shift, which was something that this introvert made herself terrified of. Soon enough, however, the class started, and she realized that being on the radio wasn’t so bad.  At the end of her first semester in college and in the practicum, their final project was to create a mock special show with song samples and production.  After a presentation to the class, it was brought to Kate’s attention that she should make that a real special show on KWTS, and she did just that.

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Pop Punk Pastime is a one-man show with host DJ Donice (Kate) that plays all pop punk.  Through this show, she fell in love with the radio even more, and like Dane, last minute applied for a director position at the end of the spring semester in 2018 while also reapplying for Pop Punk Pastime. 

With the new title of Music Director added onto her title as special show host, Kate is nothing less than busy in her sophomore year at WT. When she’s not in class, she’s in her office shuffling and sorting through CDs that are sent in by music promotors to try and find the sound for the station. When she’s not there, you can usually find her serving at a local restaurant, and if not there, you might be able to catch her hanging out around campus. Within all of that time, she still somehow makes time for her family and friends, seeing her family about once a week.  Having friends sounds difficult with the schedule, but Kate made it easier by finding some of her best friends through work. Although she isn’t doing her special show this semester, she still keeps all things pop punk close to her heart.

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As for beyond WT and the future, Kate thought she had that planned out.  She figured she would work her way to writing for Alternative Press, a music magazine based out of Columbus, Ohio. Once her foot was in the door there, she would branch out and start her own magazine, building contacts and networking all the while. From there, she would bring her networking back to the Panhandle where she would (hopefully) grow the music scene to more than just Texas country and the occasional rapper.  She thought that’s how her life would go, but thanks to KWTS, her plans might change, and she’s alright (alright, alright) with that. The current game plan is to continue her education and obtain her master’s degree in communications. She wants to continue working for the radio station, and applying for graduate school at WT.  The end goal right now is to one day teach at a university in Texas, and who knows, maybe she’ll be able to call WT her home forever.

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Special Show Spotlight: The 8 Bit Boombox

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1982 – The first CD player is sold in Japan, Time’s Man of the Year is The Computer, Disney’s EPCOT opens, Spielberg’s E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial smashes the box-office, John Belushi passes away, and Michael Jackson’s iconic album, Thriller, hits shelves. That same year, in the town of Amarillo, TX, Dane Glenn was born – a future chubby kid who would soon enjoy the more glamourous, neon-emblazoned aspect of the greatest decade ever – the 80s. TV, movies, video games – but most of all, the music.

Dane, aka Great Dane (woof woof), decided to produce and host a special show on KWTS the fall of 2015. After much debate of what to play, he settled on the 80s, but he wanted to make it more than just a random top 40 list of soft rock and pop. When he says “everything for, about, and from the 80s”, he means it. From A-ha to the Cheers theme song to Metallica to August Burns Red’s The Legend of Zelda medley to Marilyn Manson’s cover of Tainted Love, he plays it all. And yes, he does take requests!

Tune in Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 to hear what is on his playlist. Dial the FM to 91.1, live stream at www.wtamu.edu/kwts, or use the WT Mobile App available on iOS and Android devices (click on The One microphone icon to listen). 

Follow Great Dane on Facebook at The 8 Bit Boombox, The8BitBoombox on Stardust, or friend him on Xbox at The8bitboombox.

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Directors Spotlight: Chase Brady

My names Chase Brady and the first thing you need to know about me is that Chase is not my first name, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not my legal name. Its my middle name. Anyway I grew up in a small town called Dumas Texas. It’s about an hour from canyon so I’m pretty familiar with the area. There’s nothing entirely unique about my upbringing. My family was middle class and we tended to save money over spending it so we never went without. Growing up I was pretty involved in band and academics. I played saxophone and was pretty good at it. I was the kid who never stopped practicing and I think that helped build some good qualities that I have today. I was also in the top of my class, eventually graduating 5th in my class. As I got closer to my senior year in high school band lost its charm and I started looking for other creative outlets that I could make a living in. Throughout high school I had done quite a few video projects and they had all been good, relative to what constitutes as good for a high school project. I always really enjoyed doing those projects but it didn’t hit me that it was something I could do in college until I started leaning into the field more my Junior and Senior year. My dad was nice enough to pick up the creative cloud for my family so I spent a lot of time learning after effects and premiere pro when I could.

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When looking for colleges I had looked at the film program at the University of Texas and although it would have been an excellent opportunity it was very expensive. I had also heard good things about the electronic media program at WT and applied there was well. There were a few things my freshmen year that motivated me to be a good student. One of them was being fat and the other was eventually growing old. To get the fat stuff out of the way, I was always a skinny kid but the horrible rumors of the freshman 15 always struck fear into my soul. Because of that I dedicated a few  hours every day to working out. As far as getting old, growing up I never really did a lot of the things other kids did. Of course I had a childhood, but for the most part my parents were kind of protective and so I usually stayed at home most of the time playing video games or practicing. When I got to college I knew I didn’t want to slump into just some mediocre life so I really tried hard to take chances and always give way more effort than the doctor recommended amount. It payed off fairly quickly. By my second semester I was running WTTV, I was on Maroon productions, and I was the NBS Rookie of the year. That pretty much catches up to where I am currently. Now my goals are really to focus on offering others the opportunity to learn and make awesome things. I’m in the beginnings of making a club and i’m hoping it really takes off. Besides that i’m just hopefully for the future. Everyone around seems to think i’m doing pretty good so hopefully I can keep up the expectations.

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Director Spotlight: Carly Crockett

When you share a birthday with Marilyn Monroe, you’re bound to be a star. And that’s exactly what Carly Crockett is meant to be- a star. And that’s all she’s ever wanted to be. Since birth, Carly has immersed herself in the arts, bouncing between them and trying to decided whether or not she wanted to be a singer, or an actress, or a model. Or maybe, even all three. And as the years passed, things got eliminated. Maybe her future didn’t lie in being a singer. Or maybe she really wasn’t meant to be a model. And that’s fine- she wanted to be an actress too. So she turned to the theater. 

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They say there’s magic in the theater and that the theater is magic. And in Carly’s case, that’s true. And this magic, influenced her in ways she could never have imagined. It led her to where she is now- it led her to KWTS. Fifteen and unsure of herself- unsure of who she was and who she wanted to be -Carly found herself in her high school’s auditorium, after spending a year working up the courage to audition. And while Carly is a firm believer that high school shouldn’t be the best four years of your life, she can’t ignore how she felt the two years after that day. And for two years, Carly founded herself. And proceeded to re-find herself. And find herself again. It was an ever changing process, and despite the joy Carly got from acting she quickly realized it wasn’t what she was meant to do. She had found her passion elsewhere- she found it in the action going on behind the scenes.

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So maybe she wasn’t meant to be a star. She wasn’t a particularly good singer, and she no longer wanted to be a model. And despite her love for acting, she was adequate at best- no where near Oscar worthy. But even if she wasn’t meant to be a star, she could help others to do so. She no longer wanted to be the one on screen- instead she wanted to be the one behind the camera. And so she found herself in the Mass Communications department at West Texas A&M University, and in turn, in the lobby of it’s campus radio station KWTS, a place she has called home for almost two years.

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Her love for filmography and video games, as well as being heavily inspired by the media company Rooster Teeth, has skewed her perceptions for the future and when people ask what she want’s to do with her life, she finds it much easier to list off the things she doesn’t want to do. Regardless of what the future has in store for her, Carly will be shooting for the stars. And even if she doesn’t become one, she’s happy enough to land among them.

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