|WZND stays cool, live during summer|
|Written by Allie Maher, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:35|
Those tuning in to Bloomington–Normal FM frequencies may hear new voices on the radio this summer.
WZND, Illinois State University’s radio station, is keeping live DJs on air this summer for the first time. DJs are on air from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
The thirty-year-old station received its broadcast license, a tower and the 103.3 FM frequency in the fall of 2011. Now, WZND can be heard on the radio in addition to the dorms, the Bone Student Center, their website and iTunes.
Rich Green, graduate assistant, is in charge of the day-to-day operations and helps the undergraduate directors.
"We thought it would be a good idea to keep the station going since we are a new FM station. That way people in Bloomington-Normal know we are on all of the time," Green said.
Jessamyn Amezquita, general manager, said that this summer is an opportunity to let the community get to know WZND.
"We could have let music run forever, but we really wanted to have live talent and let the community know what we have to say," Amezquita added.
During the school year there are between 20 and 25 directors and 100 staff members. This summer there are six directors and eight DJs, allowing the staff members in the summer to have more time to practice being on air.
Though the staff is smaller than during the school year, Green said there are enough people to keep the station running and keep up with the news.
"The staff has been absolutely tremendous. Directors keep their departments running smoothly," Green added.
As the first summer in operation and with a new staff, Green added that there have been bumps and they have learned what they can and can’t do.
Amezquita added that it has been a learning experience for the staff.
"You have to know a lot. The staff has been willing to learn outside of the department and realize how much knowledge it takes to run a station," Amezquita said.
Some of the undergraduate students who make up the staff are working or taking classes in addition to working unpaid shifts at the station.
"We’re there because we enjoy what we do," Amezquita said.