Lyon College’s radio station, KILT, has finally launched!
Last April, we released an article detailing the work that still needed to be done to get the newly-approved internet radio station up and running. Now, KILT is fully functioning with a soundproofed studio room (located on the second floor of Brown Chapel), a hardworking team of DJs, and all the necessary technical equipment, software, and legal permissions to broadcast successfully. The team holds meetings every Monday night at 7:00 PM during Morningside’s Coffee Night, and local artists’ live performances are usually featured on Thursday afternoons. The station celebrated its official launch with free food and live music on October 8th, 2018.
With the tedious paperwork and heavy lifting out of the way, the station has established a following of dedicated listeners both on and off campus which continues to grow. Flyers and posters are displayed across campus and throughout Batesville to promote various shows and events, some of which feature QR codes that you can scan with your smartphone to tune in. You can follow KILT on Instagram and Twitter. You can also visit their website to learn about upcoming events and get more details on your favorite shows. From spooky Halloween stories to epic DJ throwdowns to beatboxing professors, KILT offers the Lyon Community a vibrant source of entertainment.
Boasting a wide variety of programs, the station has a little something for everyone. Some shows focus on music genres, such as indie, grunge, reggae, country, 90s hip hop and metal. Others are themed around themes like video game soundtracks, holidays, and emotions. Several broadcasts have been saved in the station’s archive, which can be accessed through the KILT website.
Not all the entertainment comes from music, however. The station broadcasts live events from around campus, including the International Education Week’s All Campus Ping Pong Tournament and ZBT’s hot pepper eating charity event, “The Inferno.” There are also sports talk shows that cover highlights from athletic teams at both on local and national levels, in addition to live commentary for certain games. Some of the shows are interactive, giving listeners opportunities to win free KILT T-shirts or to participate in the broadcasts directly by calling in and asking questions.
We talked with some of the people who work on the station to get their perspectives on how far KILT has come this semester and what hosting a radio show is like. “It has been a long process,” Dr. Szulga, the station’s faculty advisor, explains. “We didn’t have a lot of listeners at first, but now the word is spreading, and people are telling their friends to tune in, if only to support other friends who are hosting shows. We’re building up our audience, little by little.”
Melissa Elliott, co-host of Angst Hour, describes working on KILT as a “rewarding experience,” despite some initial technical difficulties. “I never thought I would be doing radio, college or otherwise, but it has been really fun to watch as the number of listeners increases.” She says that all the hard work that goes into setting up a radio show is worth it in the end, when she sees that people are enjoying it.
Another student admitted that broadcasting their first show was intimidating. “At first I was really worried. I thought I might run out of things to talk about, or not be able to fill the entire time, or that something would go wrong with the equipment. And sometimes, those things did happen.” After a few shows, however, “it became a lot more natural.”
Music major Raygan Adamson also enjoys hosting his radio show, Jazz Hour. “Lyon College Radio is a great thing. It gives me an hour a week where the only thing to worry about is what song to play next.” He explains that even though working on a radio station isn’t necessarily within his field of study, it is still interesting to be part of “an industry that is run by the music people like.”
Dr. Martell, host of Professor Martell’s Dark(est) Hour(s), feels that “having and listening to a radio show enables you to reconfigure your relation to music and artists … it makes you think and experience music through the experiences of others, and this enriches the listening.” He added that working on radio shows “makes you discover new bands as well as rediscover why you fell in love with your favorite ones in the first place.”
One DJ, who prefers to be identified only by his DJ name, “MC K-illy,” had just one thing to say: “Yo. KILT is dope, homie. KILT is for the kids.”
For more information or to get involved, contact the Lyon College Radio team at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to them via social media or their website at lyonradio.weebly.com.