That if you could hear music recommended by your peers to break up solid news? What if you could be part of a live conversation in which your fellow students are participating?
Now you can.
UMKC, please welcome K-ROO Student Radio, streaming live at k-roo.org.
Station Manager Ryan Witkowski, a senior communication studies major, has been working hard with others to get K-ROO off the ground. Last semester they began broadcasting. Now the station is up and running full-time.
“We are always looking for students interested in both on and off-air positions,” Witkowski said.
Senior Communication Studies major Lindsey Woolsey hosts “The Lindsey Show” as a DJ on K-ROO on Mondays from 3:30-6 p.m.
“I love radio because it’s a chance to share new music with a broad audience, and as an on-air personality on a terrestrial station, you get to communicate with people during a time when no one else can really reach them: in their cars,” Woolsey said. “Most people aren’t watching TV or browsing the web or reading a paper in the car. That’s a time for radio.”
K-ROO is a strictly student-run station, so its members possess the freedom and creative control surrounding programming content.
“I just kind of play whatever I feel like playing at the time,” Woolsey said. “I won’t be able to do that when I work at a professional station, so I’m enjoying it while I can.”
“I’m trying to do a theme each week, so last week I only played songs by female artists or bands with female singers. I tend to play a lot of rock, alternative and pop, with a dash of country.”
But the range of radio entertainment K-ROO offers doesn’t end there. If students tune in from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays with DJ Brian Wills’ show “Archive 56,” they just might receive a healthy dose of blues, rockabilly and jazz. Wills has been known to play recordings from James Brown, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Redding and Les Paul. Other programs have included Method Man, Chris Cornell and No Doubt. There is something for just about everyone on K-ROO.
K-ROO also offers its members a unique experience in their field. Woolsey said she has “learned a lot about the variety of different equipment” used to produce a show.
“I think the most advantageous part is being able to have my own show on the air,” Woolsey said. “It gives me a lot of practice perfecting my delivery, and a lot of people don’t get the ability to do that before trying to break into the radio business.”
Some listeners first heard of her show on “The Church of Lazlo,” a program on 96.5 The Buzz, where she currently interns. Lazlo and Slimfast tried to embarrass her after her first broadcast.
“It’s more of a delicate balance than most people anticipate when they listen to a show and think, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ If anyone heard my first show, they’ve got plenty of proof of everything that can go wrong,” she said.
What Woolsey proves to be, though, is an excellent representation of K-ROO’s refreshing way of keeping UMKC students updated about original music, witty conversation and relevant topics.
To support K-ROO, visit k-roo.org to listen live. To get involved or find more information, visit its Facebook page, facebook.com/kroostudentradio, or Twitter page, @krooradio. For a closer behind-the-scenes look at the production of a student radio broadcast, join Witkowski, Woolsey and others from the K-ROO crew at Mike’s Tavern on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. at 5424 Troost Avenue for their weekly “Mic’d at Mike’s” event.