If you visit the library reference desk between 1-4pm on Tuesday and Thursdays, you’ll be greeted by part-time staff member Eric Reitcheck. He is one of the many great part-time workers who help the library hum along. Eric has been with us since February, but this is not his first time working in the LLC. He also provided night-time reference assistance from December 2012-June 2013 before moving to Seattle. Upon returning to Chadron earlier this year, he accepted a position that was able to leverage the skills he learned in his undergraduate education. Eric graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a double major in theatre and broadcasting, and he is excited to utilize his skills at CSC. In his position, Eric splits his time between the library and working on projects for the Dean of Essential Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. As such, he wears many hats. He sets programming for the campus radio station, assists with scene shop construction, and coordinates the Memorial Hall acoustic shell. The radio station is arguably Eric’s task that has the furthest reach (KJZC 90.5 FM can be heard about 20 miles outside of town, in any direction… ). We recently had a discussion about the radio station. Below is a transcript:
How long have you been in charge of programming for the radio station?
I was brought on in February of this year, in order to get an understanding while Dr. Sandy Schaefer (radio station co-founder) was still here. After we moved the radio station from Old Admin to the Student Center in August, I took over programming.
What is the vision for the radio station?
My vision for the radio station is to be a voice for Chadron State College, a showcase of CSC talent much in the same way as athletics or performance. I want people to be able to hear what the students, faculty, staff, and citizens of Chadron are capable of producing. I want to be the source for one-of-a-kind programming that can only be produced here, for CSC, by CSC. I want the radio station to not only be entertaining, but also informative and educational – even if that isn’t the intention of the DJ.
Can you tell us a little about the format?
Our station operates 24/7 on the 90.5 FM frequency with the call sign KJZC, broadcasting a variety of hits from the last 60 years through what’s on the charts today. The station plays a wide selection of genres. In the space of one hour, the station has played The Beatles, Imagine Dragons, The Beatles, Kesha, Foreigner, P!nk, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, The Killers, David Bowie, Selena Gomez, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Bob Dylan, Kane Brown, and so much more. I had three rules that I set for the station once I took over programming. The first rule for the station was “if I liked it, and I could legally play it, I played it.” The second rule for the station was “it has to be a song that has been or would have been played at a college party over the last 60 years.” The third rule was “a song from the past 2 years or newer played no less than every third song” in order to keep the station fresh and geared towards our core audience: the students. I’ve since expanded the selection slightly, rotating songs that have been ranked as “the greatest songs ever written” in any genre, cycling those about 6 hours at random times during the day. But nights remain the same: a party soundtrack with a healthy mix of new and old hits, designed to please everyone at least half of the time, no matter the age or background. And if the station plays a song you don’t like, chances are the next song is something you do. We have even kept 30 hours of jazz music broadcast each week on the overnight hours, operating on the same playlist that station co-founder Sandy Schaefer programmed.
What are some things in the pipeline for the radio station?
Future projects for the radio station include online streaming, so people outside of the Chadron listening area can hear the station from their computer or smartphone. Additional programming ideas are themed radio shows, live broadcasting from college events, and interviews with people from around campus – both students and staff. One stand-out program that I am particularly excited about is the “DJ for A Day” program, in which students and faculty can choose the music for the station for one hour. I think it’s a great way for people to get involved with the radio station in a way they wouldn’t have expected, while also helping shape the direction of the station and exposing the listeners (as well as yours truly) to music we may not be familiar with.
Do you do any programming besides music?
Music isn’t the only type of programming we plan to do though. Anyone who wishes to produce shows with a sports, news, historical, or personal interest will be free to pitch a proposal for their show, granted that it falls within FCC standards and the CSC Code of Conduct.
How can people get involved?
If anyone is interested in performing or producing content for the station, I would urge them to contact either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Jim Margetts (email@example.com). And if anyone hasn’t yet heard the station yet, I would urge them to give it a listen, and give it at least 30 minutes. If you don’t hear a song you like, let me know, and we’ll get it worked out.