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.
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 blend 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 ranks, 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.