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!

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DJ of the Week: Neicylashae

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Our DJ of the week is Janecia Stevenson aka DJ Neicylashae! She’s a freshman at WT, but that didn’t stop her from jumping right into the action. She’s been on air for half of a semester, but she sounds like a pro. Be sure to tune in during her air shift on Tuesdays from 9-11am!

Janecia

Hometown: Amarillo

Major: Mass Communication with an emphasis in advertising and public relations

Hobbies: musical theatre, singing, writing music, working out, working, hanging with friends, and eating.

Snow cone: Wedding cake with cream

Princes: Pocahontas!!

Favorite place on campus: The gym!

Favorite part of KWTS: being on air during my jock breaks (DUH.)

If you have a favorite DJ, let us know who it is! Message us on Facebook, or shoot us a tweet @kwtsradio and tell us who you think our DJ of the Week should be!

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