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.
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.
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.