Why You Should Join Your University’s Radio Station

Some things happen without us realizing how strange the occurrence is. It was only recently that it occurred to me that my joining of the radio station wasn’t exactly in my college plans.

I had auditioned for theatre productions and completely bombed it, leaving me without anything to do.

I opened my University email one day and saw that there was going to be a meeting for all students interested in getting involved with the KRUI.fm (University of Iowa’s radio station).

I didn’t know what to expect, but the worst that could happen was going and realizing it wasn’t for me. Luckily, what really happened was so much better.

You may be thinking, “I don’t want to be a DJ, so why would I work at the radio station?”

Great question! This is a common misconception of radio stations. Even though DJing is a large part of keeping a station up and running, the majority of work is actually outside of this avenue. Programming, production, music selection, and website updates are all jobs that come along with the station.

The radio station is complex place with a lot of different sections to keep it up and running smoothly. With that being said, there is a high possibility that you can find your niche outside of being a DJ.

Here are some positions that you might be able to find at the radio station.

  • Are you a technology nut? Do you like to work closely with computers and new types of equipment? IT Director might fit your interests.
  • Are you looking into Public Relations? Do you like to find new ideas to create hype around something? Marketing Director might fit your interests.
  • Are you a music fanatic? Does picking and rating the music that goes on the radio sound awesome to you? Music Director might fit your interests.
  • Do you love sports so much it hurts? Do you want to be in charge of anything and everything sports related? Sports Director might fit your interest.
  • Do you prefer to do work on the Internet? Are you creative when it comes to layouts and eye catching details? Website Content Editor might fit your interests.

Whatever it is that you love to do, you can find that somewhere in the radio station.

But let’s say you do really want to DJ and that is your true passion, well you have found your new favorite place on campus! Personally, having a radio show is a type of therapy. It is just me and my music, in all reality. I’m picking the content and having the opportunity to share it with all who are listening. That in itself is pretty cool.

Don’t get me wrong, it does come along with some other responsibilities such as making sure people are getting the correct information about the songs you are playing, keeping profanity out of your song choice, and making sure your audience knows the weather for the day.

But for an hour (or however long your radio show is), you have complete control (outside of the general rules) to display your music choices. I think there is something very exciting about having that kind of power.

Music is a powerful community builder and that’s what the radio station is all about. It is full of people who share a love for music and producing a radio station that is the best it can be. I promise once you’re in, you won’t want to ever leave.

So if you are like me and can’t find a place to spend your extra time, try out your Universities radio station, you won’t be disappointed.

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.