Closing Up Shop

It’s hard to believe that the end of the semester is less than a week away! It seems like yesterday that I was writing the first blog of the semester. Nevertheless, KWTS is making preparations for going off the air for the summer. We say “off the air,” but we’ll still be playing the best commercial-free music; there just won’t be DJs live in studio.

Staff applications have been reviewed and the directors and shows have been picked for the fall 2015 semester. We announced those positions during our Mass Communication End of the Year Awards Ceremony last night.

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Allison Myers will be returning to the General Manager position after a semester as News Director. Martha Alvarez will stay on as Program Director, and so will Avery Taylor as Music Director. Payton Northrup will take over as Sports Director. Kase Wilbanks will fill the News Director position.

Here’s the schedule for the special shows:

Unsportsmanlike Conduct on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m.
P.M. in the A.M. Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m.
Rockin’ into the Night on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 p.m.
Super Nintenduo on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Top 21 on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Rocket on Thursdays from 9 to 11 p.m.
Great Dane’s 8-bit Boombox on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.

It was very difficult to pick the shows and directors for next semester. We know that those who may not have received a position for next semester will be ready when the time comes. We will also have some great teams that will help these directors out with their duties here at KWTS.

We also handed out some awards voted on by KWTS staff to special shows and staff members who stood out among the crowd. Keith Augustine was voted Rookie of the Year. Malcolm Montgomery was voted Most Improved On-Air Personality. Kase Wilbanks was given the Staff Excellence Award. Electric Baboon Tattoo was honored with Underwriter of the Year. The HandsomeMan Morning Show was voted Best Special Show.

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KWTS would like to give a huge thank you to our adviser, Randy Ray, our broadcast engineer, Johnny Story, our graduate assistant, Maddisun Fowler, and to all of our underwriters for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

On a personal note, I would like to thank all of my fellow directors and staff members for your hard work this semester. It has been a great privilege to be the General Manager for KWTS The One 91.1! – Kase Wilbanks

 

The bad part about the end of the semester is those dreaded finals… Tell us where you like to study!

 

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Thank you, Dr. Browning

As you have probably heard by now, we lost someone very special to KWTS this week. Dr. Leigh Browning became the faculty adviser for KWTS when she joined the WTAMU faculty in 1991. She spent 19 years in this position making ground breaking changes to the station and WT Broadcasting. We wouldn’t be who we are today without her. You can find photo albums and pictures around the station of her doing what she loved most, changing the lives of her students. Over the past couple of days, we have heard stories of her from her students, friends and colleagues. Last night at a candlelight vigil, one person said, “It’s amazing that she impacted so many lives, because she made us feel like we were the only person on Earth.”

KWTS paid tribute to her on Tuesday with a special message and moment of silence. Here is a portion of that special message.

“She shaped the lives of countless individuals that made their way through this station, the WT Broadcasting program, and every class she instructed. This was apparent in the outpouring of love and loss in the moments after the news of her passing. Many have called her a mentor, leader and most importantly, a friend. She shared her expertise in all things media with her students in only a way that Dr. Browning knew how. She pushed students to their limits, knowing that those limits would lead to success. She encouraged students to pursue their passion and helped them through the moments when that pursuit seemed impossible. She never doubted the goals that students set for themselves and built them up so that those high goals would be no match for them. All she could do was grin as her students walked across that stage to receive their diploma, because in her mind and in her heart she knew that despite the ups and downs of the journey it took to get to that moment, nothing would be able to stand in their way as they entered the next chapter of their lives. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, excellence and love will live on in those so lucky enough to have known her. There is no doubt that West Texas A&M University is a better place because of her. All of us here at KWTS send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Browning. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Afterwards we played a couple of Michael Jackson songs, because she loved him so much. We have also had a moment of silence at 9:11 a.m. the rest of the week.

It will be hard to say goodbye, but like we said, she will live on in us. She would want us to continue on doing unbelievable things.

Her memorial services will be on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in WTAMU’s Legacy Hall.

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Shack-A-Thon

KWTS is at it again with community service and philanthropy! Shack-A-Thon is something that WTAMU, KWTS and many other WT organizations and groups participate in every year. Actually for the past seven years the WT Campus Minister’s Alliance has sponsored a fundraiser and awareness event called “Give-A-Goat,” which raises money to buy goats for people suffering from famine in the Horn of Africa.

The Alliance says that by giving goats, famine refugees from Kenya and Somalia will have a means of survival. Goats are a great source of transportable livelihood for the people of this region. They are partnering with Christian Relief Fund who will locate and deliver one goat for every $50.00 they raise. They say that the goat’s milk is filled with protein and vitamins that provide great nutrition and prevent disease. Any extra milk or cheese can be sold by the families for extra income to buy necessities. Just a few goats can transform an entire community, because, as the goats breed, the offspring are given to neighboring families.

The Give-A-Goat event ends with Shack-A-Thon.  This is where anyone can sign up to build and live in a shack for 24 hours to raise awareness of poverty and more money for goats. KWTS and NBS teamed up to build a shack beginning bright and early Wednesday morning. Stacks of pallets and cardboard greeted us, and we got to work!

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We had a blast building this shack! It ended up looking a chapel, so we put a cross on top and called it good. However, I think our chapel was outdone by the Navigators behind us.

A few brave souls hung out all night and slept (a few hours) in the shack. Bright and early the next morning it was time to tear it down and leave our campus just as beautiful as ever.

This year WT students raised more than $25,000 at Shack-A-Thon which will send more than 500 goats to Kenya!

The end of this semester is quickly approaching, which means we are busier than ever. Most of us are wishing we were someone else. Take a look at our latest poll and tell us who you would rather be.

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Made in Canyon, USA

I’m sure you have heard us time and time again tell you that we are a completely student-run and produced radio station. We say that over and over again because we are proud of it. Now, we can’t forget to mention that we do have a wonderful broadcast engineer and adviser, Johnny Story and Randy Ray.

But everything that you hear through your speakers is created here at WTAMU. Even some of the music has been recorded in our facilities.

Right next to the KWTS studio we have four audio suites and one pro tools suite where our production team, special shows, and any students create audio production for the station and other projects. This is where everything from general KWTS sweepers to PSAs are created by students. I’m sure you have heard that some of that content is award-winning stuff!

Martha Alvarez is our Program Director, and she oversees all of the content created and selected for KWTS. She then has the task of scheduling and programming the station. In other words, she puts everything on the station including music selected by the music team and production created by our production team and special shows. She also assists with teaching KWTS Practicum, supervises all on-air talent, and ensures that KWTS is operating properly.

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“It’s an honor to be Program Director at KWTS,” Alvarez said. “I am in a position to where I am able to provide the listeners with what they want and quality programming. I also get to teach and encourage the younger students to have the same passion for KWTS that I have.”

Without the work of the music team, production team and Martha, there wouldn’t be anything to listen to on KWTS.

We broadcast at 6,000 watts which stretches across nine surrounding counties, and we are heard around the world online. Everything you hear is made right here in WTAMU Canyon, USA.

See if you know what is programmed on KWTS in our new poll!

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Looking Back & Looking Ahead

After a lot of us traveled to Atlanta for NBS Nationals, we’re all back at it here at KWTS. We didn’t come back empty handed, either. Our National Broadcasting Society chapter brought back 12 awards. Plus, those who attended gained valuable advice and networking opportunities from the professionals at the convention. We had some fun, too. Atlanta had a lot of places to go see and tour, including CNN Headquarters.

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Now, it’s time to sprint to the finish line. We have about one more month of the semester left to go, and it’s jam packed with activities and projects.

Every semester, WT Broadcasting and the Advanced Video Production class produces One Sessions, which is a live recording of a musical performance. However, this year we will be doing it a little bit different. Next week, the class is shooting footage to package together with performances from the early years of One Sessions.

Then, on April 11th KWTS will be participating in the Trash-Off Day for the Adopt-A-Highway program. This is where everyone who has adopted a stretch of highway goes out and makes sure it is looking beautiful. Continuing with community service, KWTS will team up with NBS to build a shack for WT’s Shack-A-Thon. This event raises awareness of poverty and raises money to provide a goat for families in Africa.

Finally, we are already thinking about programming and staff for next semester. Staff applications are out for KWTS, WTTV, and lab assistants! Come pick one up if you want to be a part of WT Broadcasting! They are located outside FAC 173.

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As you can see, we have a lot going on! We’ll keep you updated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and here!

With all that we have to do, sometimes we wish we had superpowers. Which one would you like to have?

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Atlanta, Here We Come!

At West Texas A&M University, we have a chapter of the National Broadcasting Society. This organization encompasses many, if not all, aspects of broadcasting. Through it students are able to produce and create many different types of content, including station imaging, promotions, news and sports packages, studio performances, and sports broadcasts.

All of this is submitted to many competitions, most importantly to NBS’s National Competition. Our university goes up against other universities across the nation, but we don’t let that stand in our way. This year WT has 17 pieces that are finalists in the competition, many of which can be heard on KWTS.

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Robert and David Duenes, hosts of The Handsome Man Morning Show, almost swept the Audio Station Imaging category, and two of their show’s promos are finalists. A KWTS sports package and many One Sessions pieces are finalists, as well. Just follow this link and have a look for yourselves at the great work WT Broadcasting is doing.

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Several NBS members will be traveling to Atlanta, GA in about a week for the National Convention to hopefully bring back all 17 awards and more awards for the chapter itself. We just might have to get a bigger trophy case….

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But the convention is much more than awards. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from broadcasting professionals and learn in different presentations and speeches. Other events provide chances to network with professionals and students. Plus, the location of the convention can bring about tours of broadcasting facilities like news studios as well as television and movie sets. Sight seeing, shopping, and eating is also in store for our Atlanta-bound NBS members! Wish us luck!

Since Spring Break is just around the corner, it will be good time to take advantage of KWTS’ s online streaming! Just listen to us at wtamu.edu/kwts or download the WT Mobile App! You can listen to us anywhere! Tell us where you like to listen to The One in this week’s poll…

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Don’t Mess with Texas

KWTS is once again giving back and serving in the public interest outside of the studio!

For several years, KWTS has adopted a stretch of highway south of town and just west of Canyon High School. This is a part of the Texas Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway program. KWTS is just one of thousands of groups who have adopted a two mile segment of Texas’ highways and pledged to pick up trash along it several times a year. This litter-prevention program has been going on since 1985 saving tax payers’ money and keeping Texas just as beautiful as ever.

The snow kept us from heading out for highway cleanup a few weeks ago, and we were afraid the weather would do the same this week. Despite the light rain, our staff put on their bright orange vests and grabbed a bag.IMG_0919

Over the years, a lot of interesting things have been found like hub caps, pool noodles, and stove parts just to name a few.

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Thankfully, this was one of the few “warm” days we have seen lately, which gave us the opportunity to take all the time we could to cover the road.

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You’ll see us out there again on April 11th for the annual Trash-Off day, which according to TxDOT:

“The Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of TxDOT’s litter prevention program, which includes Don’t Mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.”

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Although we love to give back to the community, it would be great to go out there and find that there isn’t any trash to pick up! Keep us and fellow Texans in mind the next time you roll down that window to toss out your trash!

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Can you believe that Spring Break is just a week away?! Tell us what you’ll be doing in our latest poll…. Whatever you do, make sure you stay safe!

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