Harvesting a Future with Maroon & White

The first time is always rough. In front of the mic, an overwhelming arsenal of buttons, knobs, and faders at your disposal but you are too scared to fire up the beast. Fingers shaky over the red, hesitant to make this experience real.

Mic is cracked, music halted so the world can hear your voice, sample your personality. In slides fear, freezing the vocals. All that escapes are fragments of words composed of mixed letters and silence. Lots of awkward silence. You say half of what you are supposed to then cut the mic. Resume music.

We always tell the new students that going on-air is not that bad, it’s not horrid, or a page out of a Stephen King novel. Granted not everyone experiences this imagery drenched initiation into the disc jockey realm, but as we tell the newbies, fear eventually loses. Comfort does come, we promise.

It takes a few times on-air to get going, to find a voice and beef it up with clarity, articulation, enunciation, and, most importantly, personality. As mentioned before, we are entertainers. There is not a magic fairy who sprinkles dust on your sleeping head which turns you into a captivating, enchanting disc jockey. It takes practice. It takes lighting fear on fire and using that light to find out who you really are behind the mic.

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Carly is on that journey.

As a freshman, she her name is becoming more familiar around these halls. Mainly for her stellar penmanship (seriously, it looks like typewriter print), but also her smooth, rich voice. Tune in every Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 then you’ll understand.

On-air you may know her as Zelda. Video games lovers, we’re gonna need you to calm down. Her name is not based on a digital princess in the digital realm of Hyrule. We willcover her name’s origin story later.

Promise.

As for her homeland, Carly grew up in Pampa, TX, just a short hop that way. Being close to home, WT was a viable choice for college. After graduation, her options are open (she still has time to ultimately decide); however, she has expressed interest in film school . Given our Mass Comm program’s great curriculum (not to mention our armada of shiny trophies), the inexpensive education, and our ability to provide a stepping stone to film school, WT seemed prime cut to Carly.

She found her way to KWTS practicum thanks to her advisor and her own curiosity about the class. Making content and having a voice in the worldof media are loves of hers (but she hates listening to herself talk!). What better way to give into Cupid’s spell than to dive into an award-winning program that gives back.

Her eye and passion for art extend beyond media. She’s into buildings and what’s in them, though she prefers the terms architecture and interior design. Maybe one day she’ll design her own extremely rad house.

Carly 2She’d have a  modern arcade, though she’s no league player or achievement hunter. In her movie room, she’d munch on salted popcorn and Twizzlers as she watched the 90s dark classic The 

Crow starring the late Brandon Lee, a film older than her, but cherished nonetheless.  Head over to the library (yes, some people still read books) to find her reading her favorite Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach, a compelling love story about  Parker and the enigmatic girl Zelda, from whom Carly took her DJ name. She’d have a house-wide BlueTooth speaker system, playing anything from Taylor Swift to Dua Lipa to SIAMES to Gorillaz (Amarillo, anyone?). But don’t be taken by surprise if you were to hear her favorite song Right Where you Want Me by Jesse McCartney. Lastly, at the end of a long day of jamming out, digital adventures, silver screen escapism, and bound stories, she would settle down to a buffet of everything seafood.

Carly is definitely a spirited young woman. What she is growing into within this 22687697_540016683008903_6651523570657397037_nprogram is nothing short of spectacular. She has taken the advice to “Dig In!”. Yes, she did just start here at WT, but given her eagerness for involvement, she will have constructed a foundation for a grand career.

We wish you well, Carly. But she is not without her parting words; “I hope you’re having a wonderful morning, afternoon, or evening wherever you are!”

You too, Carly. You, too.

 

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Heading East to Make it West

Radio does not seem that difficult when stripped down to the bare bones. Disconnect the paperwork to focus solely on the DJ, that voice cutting the air waves into ear candy  dipped in musical awesome sauce. Granted, a disc jockey rarely uses discs  any more – or vinyl for that matter. Now, production and tunes are accessed and played by the click of a mouse. A hard drive is the new shelf. No more dusty albums. No more scratched surfaces. Just digitally mastered filet mignon for your ear holes. But the DJ still has a job to do. Inform, certainly: weather updates, news headlines, traffic jams, upcoming concerts . . .  you get the idea, but there is more to the service. A computer can be programmed to play endless music with a commercial or other production tossed into the mix. But what makes hosted radio different from automated radio is the disc jockey, the man or woman behind the mic. And their purpose? To entertain! And this, folks, is where it gets tricky.

It takes guts to crack the mic, to talk to an unforeseen amount of people. It takes passion for hosting to keep those people locked into the station. And it takes dedication to that passion to get listeners to keep tuning in. Our own Sierra Rae shines through every Tuesday morning from 9 to 11, and her audience is growing.

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Sierra knew about WT’s award-winning Mass Comm program thanks to a friend who toured the facilities; however, her college-career in media didn’t start with Maroon and White. Sierra went to junior college in Coolidge and, during her off-time, studied acting in Scottsdale . Time passed and her interest in the mass communication world grew. A little while later, she found herself to be a Buffalo, home in West Texas.

After school, she plans to move to The Big City. LA and New York are on her radar, or Phoenix if it comes to it, but as long as she is working in communication for media or exploring her passion for fashion, she’ll be happy. But as our legendary professor around these parts says, it takes more than good grades to get a job in our industry: dig in! And Sierra has a big shovel.

Currently, she is part of the marketing team for KWTS. Also, this little lady has a way with words, for she takes part in fashion blogs and lifestyle magazines. Check out the Sierra 3links below for a sample of her entertainingly savvy writing. Her love for style and apparel keeps her on the road; seeing the world, networking, and delving deeper into a blissful career.

As for other interests, Sierra is big into pop cultures shows, the latest trends, celebrities, and Top 40. Her stereo plays Harry Styles’ new album – from beginning to end – but of course it doesn’t compare to when she saw him live recently on his first tour. Either way, she knows what’s hot and will generously share her opinion. If what you seek is how to dress for success, dress to impress, or just dress (pajamas are for your house, people!), then get her advice.

But if you want to know how to entertain, to be a voice, to learn from Sierra, a personality that explodes from the mundane, then all you have to do is tune in and listen.

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Follow Sierra Rae on Instagram:

@sierra_raeagram

 

Blog Posts:

http://www.sweetflowerhome.com/2017/10/28/good-vibes-from-the-happy-vibe-tribe/

http://www.sweetflowerhome.com/2016/10/25/halloween-diy-halloween-costumes/

 

 

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Follow the Retro Brick Road

Nostalgia. A term used to reference all that our inner nerd loves. An idea built around appreciating, admiring, and never forgetting the things that shaped our childhood. TV shows, movies, music, fashion, hair styles, toys, and even food and drinks. The citrus-flavored Surge and oddly delicious Crystal Pepsi found their way back into refrigerators and onto the pallets of sugar-high connoisseurs. He-man flexes once again in a GEICO commercial. And home video as well as streaming services contain episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and Rugrats, all accessible with the touch of a fingertip.

 

This semester at The One we host a special show dripping nostalgia; a veritable mix tape of 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. They may throw in a surprise track every now and then, but regardless, when you tune in every Monday from 9 to 11 pm, Memory Lane Monday will certainly walk with you hand-in-hand down a very familiar road. MLM Poster

 

 

 

 

Ash the Flash, Wonder K, and DJ JD exploit the awesomeness of your childhood jams. These Larger Than Life hosts will send you through a Time Warp, build …This City on Rock n’ Roll, and release a Genie in a Bottle. So Come As Your Are because they will find a way to help you just Let it Go.

And that’s just their music.

Behind the mic, they are students: hitting the books, studying for exams, and procrastinating to the fullest.

Ashley, aka Ash the Flash, hails from Baltimore, and despite the culture shock, she found exactly what she was looking for in curriculum here at WT. In her time here in the Mass Comm program she did exactly as Professor (and Communication Hall of Fame inductee) Randy Ray says “Dig In!”. KWTS, the National Broadcasting Society (NBS), and WTTV Live Crew as well as Memory Lane Monday – and of course school – have filled her schedule. Yet these opportunities (some paid!) have given her the experience to help her reach her life goal working cameras for the NFL. Aside from her love of sports (well, not basketball) and her distaste for mashed potatoes, she could watch 10 Thing I Hate About You and Heathers on loop. Pop Punk is her favorite musical food; the band Real Friends she truly loves and their song Anchor Down can be found cranked to 11.

As for Kylee, aka Wonder K, her neck-of-the-Lone-Star-State is more hustle and bustle than little ol’ Canyon, TX. A Ft. Worth native, Kylee fell in love with the broadcasting culture during high school. Thanks to the advice of teachers and most notably her parents who had lived in TX Panhandle, Kylee decided the colors of Maroon and White would bring out her eyes. She is involved with KWTS and of course her special show. As for classes, her credit hour load is higher than most of us can count. Movie nights are always welcome, with anything Disney a staple on the silver screen.

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Why wouldn’t it be? She wants to work there after graduation. Even her favorite song is from the land of the magical conglomerate – How Far I’ll Go (Moana). As for outside, she loves hiking, and after she has worked up an appetite she enjoys Mexican food yet shuns mashed potatoes (really? you’re a Texan!)

DJ JD, or as he is known in the streets of Canyon, TX,  Jonathan, his link to the Mass Comm program at WT started with his love for writing. As a previous History major, Jonathan didn’t want to write research papers for a living. He desired something different. After taking Writing for Media, he switched majors. Now under the Mass Comm umbrella, he was able to continue his passion for writing and apply it towards a degree in Broadcast Journalism but soon after fell victim to the bodacious Electronic Media program. He got involved with KWTS, NBS, WTTV Live Crew, and Phi Mu Alpha, a fraternity for the advancement of American music, something he has been spirited about since joining up in Spring of 2016. After his four years here, he plans to enter the grad school realm at the University of Texas. That’s good because he will be closer to his favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers. He can be found drifting into classic rock, most notably Waiting for a Girl Like You by Foreigner while still searching for the greatest. Cheeseburger. Ever!

MLMThese three talented students collided during KWTS Practicum. During their final project one semester – the creation of a special show – the trio decided to make it an actual thing. They wanted to play music they grew up with, that they were familiar (and sometimes) unfamiliar with, and more importantly, they wanted to play music that everyone could relate to and enjoy. This collaboration brought them closer in-studio but also created a friendship neither of them thought possible prior. Tune in. You’ll notice their je na sais quoi. Dynamic isn’t a strong enough word. Either way, their attitude, passions, love for music, and dedication to nostalgia are evident. Here at The One, we have a saying for Memory Lane Monday. To borrow the words of the late, great Walt Disney, “Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.”

 

 

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A Little History of One

There’s this dusty little thing called a blog – a conventional way to express in type what you feel, see, experience, breathe, and bleed. For radio, this is non-conventional, an odd way to share the inner workings of broadcast. You would expect us to tell you over the air or perhaps use Facebook live or make some slick video considering our field of work here KWTS Adbat the Mass Comm department on the campus of West Texas A & M University. But, behind every video produced, every radio show planned, or every great speech comes the art of writing. Thus, we are here, informing all of you what it is we do, how we do it, and telling you a little about each awesome person behind the mic.

This semester is halfway done, our blog silent. We’d like to think dormant – sleeping until nature decides to let that alarm clock blare. And here we are. Enough about that, let’s get to the meat.

KWTS 91.1. FM has been on-air since 1972. In the last 45 years, the world has changed. Generic saying yes, but when scrutinizing the past four-and-a-half decades, sometimes it’s a miracle that things such as physical books have survived. In the world of radio, technology

has advanced at a blinding rate. Flipping records and dropping the track have been replaced by the click of a mouse. Even CDs are an endangered species. Digital is the new medium and nothing gets from point A to point B without hopping a ride on a flash drive.

Digital remaster brings a face lift to old tunes, browsing for music can be done through a very present yet intangible platform, and innovations can condense what used to be days of work into minutes. Yet, every hour of every day, KWTS spins-on, spicing up the air waves

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with the best college indie rock. Our station has called three different rooms and two different buildings home. At our infancy, our broadcast could barely reach across the neighboring street. We could throw a rock further. Then we got training wheels in 1982, when our miniscule 10 watts was upgraded to 100. Giving campus and Canyon the greatest radio was no longer an issue, but we wanted more. 1998 arrived and so did our 6000 watt upgrade. From trying to reach nine blocks to reaching nine counties was a huge accomplishment, one that showed The One, 91.1 could not be snuffed by the advancing world. LPs, 45s, cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs, and mp3 – they were all music to our ears.

Then came the gladiator, the main event, the one to rule them all – Internet. Evolution brings about extinction or adaptation.

Survival of the fittest. In the early 2000s, we adopted the online revolution by live-streaming our awesome station. Global reach was no longer a pipe dream. Yes, we have an app for that.

What will the next decade bring? Or year for that matter. Who knows? The things is, we will continue to move forward, to adjust to the times and technology. Somehow, someway, you will always be able to tune to The One, 91.1, the Station for Your Generation.

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We Got a Killa’ on the Airwaves

We survived midterms. At least, we assume. So far, the halls remain full. Seats – for the most part – are occupied. Those still dedicated hit the books and keyboards, write paper after paper, take quiz after quiz and drink cup of coffee after coffee.

Procrastinators sit idly by, waiting until pressure finally lights the fire under their butt. We could say we do our homework in a timely manner. Then again, if such was this case, you would have been able to read this last week.

But, as per usual, the thriving campus of WTAMU is a rush hour of events. Pertaining to our department, Friday night, October 21st, witnessed the honoring of those in our field at the Communication Hall of Fame Banquet and Ceremony.

For the Rising Stars, those blazing a path of greatness, Paola Albarran, David Meraz and Erin Hartigan found themselves humbled in front of educators, peers, colleagues and guests.

Former WT professors Dr. Butler Cain and Lori Westermann received the Eternal Flame Award for their game-changing contributions to the Communication Department and WT.

Dr. Jerry Hudson, Dr. Paul Matney, Ann Shofner and Misty Mayo Price were inducted into the Communication Hall of Fame. But before we continue, it has to be stated that the Advanced Video crew did an outstanding job. To keep you in the know, prior to each recipient actually receiving the award, a video which highlights each inductee’s history/ accomplishments/ achievements and so forth was shown. Our media professor, jammin’ bassist and fearless digger Randy Ray led this crew. They shot, edited – the whole 9 – these videos. True, it was for a grade; however, upon viewing, you can tell there was more than that fueling the showcase. Call it talent, creativeness or genuine interest in the recipient in question, there existed a dedicated drive, but more on that lately. We have to move forward if we want to go back.

To close the evening, our silent yet strong broadcast engineer, Johnny Story, created a video for the final recipient of the evening. The late A.J. Swope was bestowed The Legacy Award. Despite his short life, he accomplished more than we could dream and influenced the lives of those that were lucky enough to cross his path. No amount of words can do the video justice. We ask you watch for yourself. The link to this video and the others is below:

https://vimeo.com/wtbroadcasting

So, where are we going with all of this?

Destination: DJ of the Week.

If you tune into the station – which you shouldn’t have to because your dial should be locked there – you will get a plethora of personalities. Wednesdays, 9 to 11 in the morning showcases one of our quietest yet strongest. Yes, we have a Killa’ on the loose, as her DJ name boasts. That’s right, DJ Killa’ keeps you company between breakfast and lunch. And we couldn’t be more proud of Keila Valdez.keila-1

To earn DJ of the Week, however, it takes more than vibrant jock breaks and manning the board. Such a prestigious honor inside our humble station is not handed out to anyone. We have standards. And those standards require you to “dig in.” Yes, that’s the famous Randy quote. And it’s used often for a reason.

Keila did, does, and will continue to do just that. She shows up to events, promoting KWTS and our partner-in-crime chapter, NBS, where she holds the title of Events Coordinator. We would say she has her plate full, but it’s more like she is carrying a buffet. Ms. Valdez works with Media Minds (under the Business Department), as Lab Assistant and Live Crew on top of classes and whatever life throws at her.

She considers herself an “old soul trying to live out all of my amazing opportunities.” As a first generation student, she moved from one small town to another (go Canyon, Texas!!!). She spends most of her waking hours in the Fine Arts Complex, making her words the truth. No hour seems too early or too late, as we always see her doing something.

As a DJ, we feel you need to have a love for music. It’s an unarguable requirement. Keila’s is strong, diverse. Name a classic R & B, jazz, rock, Spanish, or hip-hop song, and she’ll sing along, music or not.

keila-2As for her future, sports – more specifically basketball – will play a significant role. We us “will” because we have faith she will make it happen. No need to doubt. One day she will become a media team member or join an advertising campaign for the NBA or WNBA. Why not both? Of course this job is not without travel. Some of the national hotspots she’d like to visit include Chicago, Portland, and the Big Apple. Of course, international travel is always welcome at her doorstep. But one jock break, one event planned at a time.

So how does this involve the Communication Hall of Fame? We did write we would circle back.

Those inducted and honored at Friday’s event have accomplished great, outstanding things. In their respective fields, they are top, the go-to people for those of us wishing to one day be in that seat. But, if you listen to their history and rewind their memory banks, you will learn they were once students. They walked the halls of WT, lugging overpriced books from class to class. They pulled all-nighters, downed coffee and ingested a semester’s worth of information in order to pass the comprehensive final. They sat in the pilot’s chair, cracked the mic, and welcomed listeners to KWTS, The One 91.1. They did what you did; what we are doing right now.

They gained their right to be called a Buff. They fought for the privilege to be called a Communication Graduate. They earned the awards they carried home with them that night.

And we have been extremely humbled and are forever indebted to this handful of pioneers for enriching West Texas A and M’s grand history.

Keila will no doubt be one of these greats. Her start is just that, an origin to a bigger, more extravagant story. It’s not a race, more like an adventure. But as with any amazing journey, there’s always that first step.

Keila is on the move, traveling towards her unique horizon, yet her feet walk upon a familiar path.

AJ, Dr. Cain, Dr. Hudson and the rest are up ahead, silhouettes standing strong in the distance.

With all our heart, our spirit, and Buff pride,

Thank you for leading the way.

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Just Another Case of the Monday’s

In the context of things, let’s pretend this blog came earlier, that Homecoming on the glorious campus of West Texas A and M University did not happen prior to this post. Let’s make believe we typed this up, hit “Publish”, and all went according to plan. Let’s play as if all went swimmingly.

Or we could just accept the fact we procrastinated. Then again, are we wrong for doing so? It was Home Coming for all intents and purposes. If any week demands procrastination then this is it. This week did demand our time, spirit, emotion and physical being to make it happen. Sleep remains a forgotten stranger, the world dark  at the open and close of our eyes. We feel vampiric, without the blood sucking and ghoulish nature, then again, dragging untied shoes down the halls of WT in search of machine-spouted snacks and drinks seems a little zombie-like. Add blood-shot, sleepless eyes, drool and  incomprehensible babble,  then rightfully ghoulish we are.

Either way, Home Coming…

Another week passed by our humble eyes, drifting under our nimble fingers as we try to figure out the ever-changing reference page or decide whether True fits the statement more so than False.

Turn our focus to the more exciting, fun festivities of the week such as Pancakes and Karaoke or The Pigskin Review. This is what Home Coming is about, truly. At least in the grand scheme.

However (and we may be bias – scratch that, we are) the more important issue is DJ of the Week. We are all for school spirit, kicking butt at the football game, and the crowning of the Home Coming King and Queen, yet at KWTS, our DJs are the focus.

Enter Madison Monday.madison final.png

She is one of those that rose through the ranks. Our Grad Assistant Dane Glenn may have flown out of left field, but Madison crashed the bullpen cart through the front gate.

She is not wild or reckless, or we might be lying; however, in terms of school and KWTS, she keeps her head in the clouds and her heart on the game.

Of course that’s after she changed her major from music to broadcasting and electronic media. And after she realized she “sucked at bowling” – yes, her words. She pulled a 7/10 and fell down our rabbit hole.

We first met Madison in the good ol’ days of Spring of 2016. DJ Monday on Wednesday brought you the best college indie rock in the Texas Panhandle. Now, she is one-third the collective cinema-reviewing mind that is The Movie Buffs, on-air every Monday from 5 – 7. We could dribble on about her accomplishments and accolades, but let’s cut the bull and tell you exactly why we chose Madison as our DJ of the week. Let us enlighten you as to why we love this cookie-cutter breaking disc jockey.

With her, honesty is key. It may be hard to swallow, but trust us, you’ll thank her later for the medication. We trust her opinion; for example, her thoughts and recommendations on the blogs prior.

Battling her in wit is like a 4 year-old competing against an Olympic ping-pong player.

Her sarcasm is dry, full and surprisingly refreshing.

Her attitude contains hints of Wednesday Addams (irony?). A little twisted with a cool head.

She is always on her game, rocking the airwaves and catching up on the latest movie blockbusters in order to review for her show. Preparedness seems to come easy to her . . . Or she wings it like the rest of us.

Currently, she participates in the National Broadcasting Society (NBS), the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) and KWTS, which is the radio station, not an acronym.

For the future, she plans to take the title of Marketing Director here at KWTS. Next, General Manager. Then, the world. But until then, she possibly wants a career behind a camera or as a music engineer. She’s not 100% certain what will happen (are any of us?).

Madison does want to travel the world and soak in cultures, especially the music. Her first foray will be Randy Ray’s study abroad class in England come Summer 2017. Next is a full semester in South Korea.

As for interests and the usual . . . We are not certain if she likes Pina Coladas or long walks in the rain, but she overly enjoys Sharky’s and plays mom to a fur baby. Also, she hates Biology. We don’t blame her.

madisonMadison is essential to KWTS in many ways. We need her insight, her input, and more importantly her unrelenting honesty. We need her plans for the station’s future. Her vision is advantageous and will only benefit our growth. And in turn, we offer her exclusive opportunities to accelerate her know-how and to build a gorgeous resume.

It’s a win-win.

We appreciate you, Madison, for giving us a case of the Monday’s.

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We’ll Leave the Light on for Ya

Time ticks away, nimble hands orbiting the face of the all-demanding clock. We rise and shine with the numbers, buzzers, whimsical tunes or the Stones’ Start Me Up snapping awake our minds and bodies to another day. These “awake” hours get longer as hours asleep shrink. Then days start to blur. Calendar pages can’t be pinned up fast enough.

This is how the semester is rolling. Fast, furious, and slipping. Seems like yesterday August led us into another fall. Now, October is hurtling midterms at us, Halloween scrambling upon its back.

Next week the cursed exams hit the students’ desks in KWTS Practicum. But all is not cram sessions and information memorization at The One, 91.1. We do have fun, but more on that later.

Our deejays and Special Shows have filled the airwaves with personality and diversity, a must in the world of radio, college radio and cellphones – where anyone and everyone could be a claim to fame in a matter of minutes. Here on campus, however, we celebrate those which stand out, those who excel at what they are supposed to do and that which they aren’t. Those who take on more they can chew but savor every bite.

Aaron Becker is that guy.aaron

He’s earning a reputation here at the station. First, as the Jazz Man. Yes, Jazz Man. Seems this cool cat loves the brass and seductive songs. Like a well-aged wine, this CD spinner pops the cork, pouring a silky smooth glass of tantalizing tunes.  A hint of Louis Armstrong dances across the ears. A recognized Sinatra rushes over the eardrums, accompanied by subtle notes of Goodman, Ellington and a bittersweet nibble from Gillespie. But wait . . . a new flavor tickles the pallet, something divinely unique yet somehow  hauntingly familiar . . . a Nicola Conte, dragging a ghostly modern finish into the processes of the brain.

The label reads Singing and Swinging, a KWTS exclusive, Fall of 2016. This astounding selection may only be savored on Fridays, from 9 am to 11 am. For aficionados of such genres, the reserve will prove more than exquisite. For reluctant first-timers, give the classy jazz a sip and relish. According the bottler, “there’s just something classy about people who have an ear for it, and I hope people that aren’t familiar with it might develop a liking towards that genre of music.”

This rare blesingin-and-swinginnd of jazz and blues is Aaron’s musical “lifelong love.”  Passion breeds purpose and this vintage carries that drive.

Second, Aaron Becker, like a ninja, is everywhere. Not only does he host his show, but he shows up at promotional events, community service happenings, and he finishes his production way ahead of schedule. He has a knack for introducing himself in every piece. We can’t help but think of the Motel 6 commercials, with Tom Bodett. Straight forward, simple and a bit monotone.

As a native of Perryton, he sought out WT after a stint at Frank Phillips College in Borger, TX. His growing passion for sports pulled him here, a place where his blossoming interest in media could be nurtured and harvested.

Aside from the show, Aaron has invested himself in the sports team, where he called his first game this semester. He is working his way up the ranksaaron-and-ryan, stamping his unique brand of awesomeness on all he touches.

One day this ladder of success will hopefully lead him to the NFL. His dream? A play-by-play announcer.

Until then, he makes it happen. We are proud this man joined our team. Without him, we’d be a tad misshapen…and dare we say less classy? His insight, admiration and love for jazz and sports will carry him far, no doubt.

But remember, no matter how far you go, Aaron, you always have a home at KWTS. Because here at The One, 91.1, we’ll leave the light on for ya.

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