KWTS Coasting in LA

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Welcome back to school or work everybody!!!! We hope you had a great Spring Break. To catch you up on what happened during the break, members of the KWTS staff traveled to Los Angeles, California to take part in the National Broadcasting Society’s National Convention in Burbank as most members of KWTS are also members of NBS. Our students had a chance to visit all parts of Los Angeles as some students went to the taping of “2 Broke Girls”, visited Disneyland, and watch the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers play the Sacramento Kings.

At the convention, the group had a chance to meet other NBS members from around the United States to network with them and to network with professionals in the broadcasting industry. There were several panels there that included people involved in freelance work, television, film, music, news, and sports. This was a chance for students to pick their brains on the best approach to the future when they graduate college and move on to the real world.

The convention also consisted in an award ceremony where West Texas A&M University’s chapter walked away with 12 student awards and one professional award. Here is the list of awards our NBS chapter and members of our station won there:

Professional Category: Audio Recording – Randy Ray – “Buckets of Rain”

Student Categories: Chapter of the Year

Model Chapter of the Year

Community Service – Honorable Mention

Student of the Year – Anthony Miller

Rookie of the Year – Tran Nguyen

Studio Live Performance – Cody Wesley, Tim Rivera – “WT Jazz Combo 1 Live Recording: Tall and Lanky”

Studio Live Performance – Malcolm Montgomery, David Dueñes – “One Sessions with Tennessee Tuckness”

Video Commercial – Hope Stokes “Around Amarillo in 30 Seconds”

Audio News Package – Allison Myers “WTAMU Athletic Training”

Play-by-Play Audio – Anthony Miller, Malcolm Montgomery, Payton Northrup – “WT Lady Buffs Basketball Game 2015”

Station Promo – Avery Taylor – “Top 21 Promo”

Audio Sports Package – Anthony Miller – “WT Softball”

We were honored by NBS rewarding us with so many awards, but it’s also a reflection of how hard students in our department work to achieve what we have worked at for a year. We have the hardest working students in the country and we proved it at the convention. This was a very successful Spring Break for us and we are looking forward to more success for our station and department.

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Staying Busy Before Spring Break

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The past few weeks have been busy for the radio station as we have served our community by cleaning up the Happy highway near Canyon High School back a few weeks ago. Some of the directors and DJs on the station took time out of their Saturday to clean up the highway to support the idea of keeping Texas clean. It has been a project that we have been apart of for a long time and it’s a great way to give back to the community by keeping it clean.

In the past few weeks, we have also done a special live broadcast from the Career Expo on February 24th with PM in the AM being the hosts of the hour long event. Payton and Malcolm had a chance to talk to employers and WT students looking for jobs to get their perspective on the event. Many students came out to try to find a job of their dreams now or in the near future.

We also had the great pleasure of giving a tour of our facilities to Westover Park Junior High students. They got the chance to see the behind the scenes look of the station and saw our very own Music Director Tim Rivera perform a jockbreak in front of them to show an example of what we do here. We love showcasing our facilities to the younger generation as we feel it’s a great way of getting them excited about college and enjoy the education process of college. These students are the future and we want to be able to motivate them to come to college so they can get the same joy that all WT students get from attending here. If you want a chance to tour our facilities, contact our General Manager Anthony Miller at kwtsgm@gmail.com.

Last week, KWTS members collaborated with the National Broadcasting Society in their project called the Global News Relay. It’s an event where 13 universities from around the world do a 15-20 minute newscast on television. The topic of this year’s relay was sports in the community. The project was completed last week with the broadcast being shown on March 18th on YouTube. Check out the newscast to see what has been happening in our community involving sports’s impact on the Canyon/Amarillo area.

Randy Champion

One of the heads of our broadcasting department, Randy Ray, traveled to New York this week to represent KWTS at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System convention where KWTS was nominated for several awards. KWTS came out winners in the Best Play-By-Play (other) category with the commentary team of Anthony Miller and Payton Northrup with Malcolm Montgomery producing the game. Here is the list of other finalists from KWTS that walked away with trophies:

Best Campus News – Kase Wilbanks “Enrollment”

Best Sports Update – Kase Wilbanks “Rec Sports”

Best Promo Series – Bri Leeper

Best Talk Radio Show – David and Robert Duenes “Handsome Man Morning Show”

Best Station Blogs – KWTS

We are extremely proud of the hard work the students at KWTS have done in the past year to make our station the best in the country. We look forward to more great things happening for us as members of our station head to Los Angeles for the National Broadcasting Society to learn at the convention and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. And as always, make sure to keep it locked to the station for your generation, The One 91.1 FM!!!

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Communication Week

Comm Week

This week is always known by Mass Communication and Communication majors as one of the busiest weeks of the year as it is Communication Week here at West Texas A&M University. This is a time when we have a chance to not only have fun, but we can showcase some of the amazing things we do here in the Mass Communication/Communication department.

On Monday, we kicked the week long festivities with the Reel Talk Video Competition that pinned the Electronic Media, Communication, Ad/Pr, and graduate students against each other to see who will make the best 30 second promo about their major. The  graduate students came out on top as they won the best video.

Tuesday was the student’s time to network with fellow WT alums as they took part in the Alumni Table Talk. Students met with former WT Buffs and had the opportunity to ask questions about anything involving outside of college such as finding a job, what to put on the resume, how to approach interviews, and more.

Today, we had Reel Talk Project Runway where Mass Communication and Communication professors dressed up like a movie character and walked their way into the hearts of the crowd. Professor Lori Westermann won the competition as she dressed as Elastigirl from the Pixar film “The Incredibles”.

And tomorrow, we will close it out with our guest speaker Will Bigham speaking to the university about his experience with the film industry. Bigham was the winner of the 2007 reality show “On the Lot” and has directed and wrote films such as “The A-List” and “Seasons”. A special presentation of “Seasons” will be shown following Bigham’s speech.

This week is another way we can show ourselves off as one of the top programs in the country. We don’t consider ourselves a program as much as to us, we are more of a family than anything. KWTS loves to participate in these types of activities to show off the amazing things our program and department as a whole is doing. It’s another way to show our love for this wonderful school and the great things it does for us.

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KWTS/NBS Serving Our Community

NBS Mardi Gras 2016

This past weekend, KWTS teamed up with the National Broadcasting Society as we teamed up with Family Support Services’ Mardi Gras event. We went to the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday to help them throw a fantastic party. We helped them by running the casino section, help pick up after the guest, help watch over the silent auction, and serve the VIP section with food and drinks.

This has been an event that NBS and KWTS has been a part of for a while and it has become our favorite event to attend. It’s not only one way to serve our community, but it’s a great way to help a wonderful organization like Family Support Services as they do so much for the community. We are proud to serve them every year and we are excited to continue our strong relationship with them and to help the Canyon/Amarillo area out in any way we can.

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DJs Are Back on the Air

Payton Holding a Snake

Starting tomorrow February 2nd at around 1:00 pm, the DJs here at KWTS will be back on the air. We have a lot of familiar voices back on the mic, while we do have new people coming in to bring a breath of fresh air to the airwaves. The entire staff is excited to hear what could potentially be the future voices of this station showcasing their skills and excitement to you the listeners.

Last week was the beginning of the first week of special shows coming on the air. We had some excitement from Cinema Talk speaking about the new Batman vs. Superman movie to Live From the Basement opening our ears to unknown hip-hop/rap artists. Oh and not to mention our Sports Director and PM in the AM Co-Host Payton Northrup holding a snake and conquering his fear of them.

This week will be the first week for you guys to call the studio at 806-651-2911 to request songs you want to hear and go on Twitter using the hashtag (#KWTSrequest) to request songs to @kwtsradio. Also, if you want to learn more about the station, make sure to come to the Jack B. Kelley Building at West Texas A&M University Wednesday, February 3rd from 8 am-2 pm to meet the staff and help us remember the day that music died when rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash back in 1959. We are all looking forward to the beginning of an awesome semester and as always, keep it locked to the station for your generation, The One 91.1 FM!!!!

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We’re Back!!!

PM in the AM

We would first like to welcome everyone back for what should be another great semester here at KWTS. We have gone through some changes that we believe will make the station stronger than ever, but there are some familiar voices here as well.

PM in the AM kicked us off last Tuesday as they return as our morning show as they inform you on all the news you want to hear and bring in guests Monday through Friday from 7:00-9:00 am.

Some new things happening here at KWTS involve our news team collaborating with The Prairie. We will be teaming up with the multimedia news group here at West Texas A&M University by giving our listeners the news three times a day Monday through Friday: once on PM in the AM, a news break at 1:00 pm and another at 5:00 pm. We believe this partnership will help our listeners get the up-to-date news they want to hear every weekday.

Sports team also are going through changes as we will have a WT Sports Recap daily. We want to inform the community of upcoming WT sporting events as well as give the results of our teams on a daily basis. Also, make sure to tune in for WT men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts as we will have it covered throughout the semester.

We have a few new shows that will be hitting the airwaves this semester. Cinema Talk is back after being off the air for over a year as they will keep you informed on all the top movie topics such as the Batman vs. Superman movie, Deadpool, and much more every Monday 3-5 pm. Fridays consist of two new shows: Davidman of our former morning show The Handsome Man Show will be riding solo for his new show Davidman’s Fun Time as he will bring guests in every Friday 9-11 am to play all kinds of wacky games as well as keep the listeners entertained with comedy. Our last new show is Live From the Basement as they bring you the best of underground hip-hop/rap music that listeners might have never heard in mainstream hip-hop/rap. Check out the guys every Friday 5-7 pm.

Another new thing we are doing here is we will be having a two hour slot every Friday as we play your favorite classic rock music with rotating DJs in every week. Stay tuned to find our what time that will be occurring this semester.

Here is the full schedule of this semester’s new shows:

Monday-Friday: PM in the AM 7-9 am

Monday: Cinema Talk 3-5 pm & 8-Bit Boombox 7-9 pm

Tuesday: Rockin’ Into the Night 9-11 pm

Wednesday: The Super Nintenduo 3-5 pm & Unsportsmanlike Conduct 7-10 pm

Thursday: Top 21 5-7 pm & The Rocket 9-11 pm

Friday: Davidman’s Fun Time 9-11 am & Live From the Basement 5-7 pm

Make sure to listen to these shows as they all get underway this week with DJs entering the studio starting next Tuesday February 2nd at 3:00 pm. We look forward to a wonderful semester of great college/indie rock music. And as always, make sure to keep it locked to the station for your generation, The One 91.1 FM!

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One Sessions

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If you talk to anyone in WTAMU’s Mass Communication department, they’ll tell you – we do cool things. We make cool things. We meet cool people. One of the exceptionally cool things we do is One Sessions. One Sessions is a biannual live, acoustic concert hosted in the Fine Arts Complex’s AT&T HD Studio.

The HD studio is transformed from a simple black room, to just about anything you can imagine. Students from across the department come together to choose the band/artist, design the set, and run the show. It’s recorded (all HD, of course) and then sent to post-production where students edit together a final product which wins national awards every year. The department has hosted the likes of Trent Monk, Natalie Schlabs, Zac Wilkerson, Deep Diver, and many more.

This semester, One Sessions will feature Mount Ivy – a self-identified Space Rock band from Amarillo, TX. A little edgy with a little bit of an indie feel, they’re a change of pace from last year’s artist, Tennessee Tuckness (who brought more of country/folksy vibe.) So mark your calendars for Thursday, November 19, because this is a show you won’t want to miss!

mount ivy

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