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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Director Spotlight: Katelyn Donais

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Director Spotlight: Ashley Venable

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland with a sports loving family, Ashley Venable was destined to be into sports at a young age. No one expected to see her grow up knowing she was going into the sports broadcasting industry by the age of 9. Her path led her to apply for a middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) that had a specialized class for Mass Communication. She later completed high school in only 3 years to fast track to West Texas A&M University a year early. In the fall of 2016, Ashley entered WTAMU as a Mass Communication major with an emphasis in Broadcast Electronic Media and quickly took the department by storm. Now renamed, she is still a Media Communication major with an emphasis in Digital Communication.ash whitehouse

 

Eager to start pursuing her interests, she quickly joined the Sports Broadcasting Practicum that led her to WTTV Live Crew. Now in her junior year, this will be Ashley’s second season as the Kimbrough Memorial Stadium’s football high 50-yard line cameraman and her first season also serving as Crew Chief.  This class is where she pin-pointed her career goal; a professional cameraman in the NFL. When signing up for her second semester classes, and football no longer allowing a sports broadcasting practicum, Professor Randy Ray suggested she joined the KWTS practicum which she has since stayed in for 4 consecutive semesters in a multitude of positions. Starting her second semester in Fall 2017, she started co-hosting her special show Memory Lane Monday instead of doing a single person shift. With approaching everything she does with extreme dedication and charisma, it is no surprise that after just 2 semesters with the radio, she was been named the upcoming semester’s Sports Director for KWTS. She has been awarded as Rookie DJ of the Year 2016-2017 and Special Show of the Year 2017-2018. She currently still serves as Sports Director for us and Crew Chief plus High 50 cam for WTTV Live Crew while also being involved with on-campus organizations. After a year as an active National Broadcasting Society member, she is now taking on a leadership role as the Convention Coordinator. Already such an active member of the department and in many leadership spots, she is in her first semester of junior year and is not set to graduate until May of 2020.ashley

As for outside of school, Ashley has always been passionate for playing sports. This past summer marked her final season of travel softball with her childhood team of 15 years. Her DJ name “Ash the Flash” was affectionately given to her by her childhood coach at just 4 years old. She played club soccer as well growing up and was Varsity for both soccer and softball in high school. She still tries to play intramural sports when she can. Another free time activity for Ashley is listening to good music and she is consistently on the hunt for new songs/artists/genres to jam to. Anything football, baseball, softball, pop-punk, emo, or indie will sparks Ashley’s interests and lead to her talking about it forever. Still considering herself shy and reclusive, Ashley has certainly come out of that shell and is now and forever a part of the Media Comm family.ashley flag

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