So you want to get involved in WTSR? Awesome, cool, great. I’m sure you have a lot of questions and hopefully this can give you some answers. So what exactly is WTSR? Well, we’re an completely student-run radio station that broadcasts out of the basement of Kendall Hall. Our broadcast radius is approximately 25 miles around the campus and contains almost 800,000 potential listeners (and we air online too)!
What do we play? A lot of different stuff! Our main focus is what is typically referred to as “indie” music — think anything Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, or a billion other music blogs cover. To get more of an idea, take a peek at our top 30 albums of each week.
See something you like? Cool! None of those band names mean anything? No problem! We also have a bunch of what we call “specialty” shows that are (mostly) student run that cover a wide variety of musical genres from emo to house, reggae to punk and everything in between.
I don’t like music. That’s weird. But ok! We have a lot of other opportunities that could interest you. We have news and sports shows so if you’re interested in politics, entertainment, baseball, table tennis, whatever — you could have your own show. WTSR also broadcasts TCNJ sporting events so if you ever thought it would be cool to be a sports announcer, here’s your chance.
OK, I’m sold! What can I do? Glad you asked! We have a bunch of different things you can do. Most students become on-air DJs, which means that you have your own two-hour show to play music.
Great. Put me on air! Whoa, not so fast buddy. You gotta learn the rules of the game. To become an officially licensed on-air DJ, you have to go through training. Training typically takes about six weeks and is split into two sections.
For the first three weeks, you’ll meet in a classroom once a week and learn all of the rules and regulations that you need to be an A+ DJ. You’ll also get to shadow current DJs and see how everything works firsthand. At the end of those three weeks, you’ll take a written test. Once you pass that, you move onto the (more) fun part…
Practical training! You’ll get to pick a show that you’ll stick with for three weeks and you’ll gradually be put on air. The first week, you’ll be on for about 10-20 minutes. The next, you usually do 30-45 minutes. And then you get to run a whole show by yourself. Super cool, right?
That sounds like a lot of work! Well, yeah. DJing is super fun but there are some things you need to know and we need to know that you won’t screw up and set the station on fire! It’s not that hard and we try to make it as fun as possible, but it’s a necessary part of WTSR life. It will be completely worth it in the end, we promise!
Awesome, okay, cool! When do I get started? Great question! We have some interest sessions where you can learn even more, meet some of the staff, and sign yourself up. Here are the dates of those:
Wednesday February 12th @ 2pm
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Alli, our station manager, at email@example.com! If not, we hope to see you at our interest sessions!
Sounds great! But what else is there to do at the station besides DJ? Glad you asked. If DJing isn’t your thing but you still want to be involved, there are a billion things (overexaggeration) you can do. Below are brief descriptions of the positions, but check out this page for more detailed information about each staff.
* Music review staff — Bands, promoters, and record labels send us hundreds of CDs and our music director and assistant music director can’t possibly go through them all. Music review staff meetings are held once a week on TBA and you’ll get some CDs, you get to decide if they’re worthy of airplay or not, and if they are you review them! You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
* Public relations — Interested in helping promote the station, setting up events, DJing around campus, meeting famous people, and more? Who wouldn’t be? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about some of the awesome opportunities we have available right now.
* Anything else…. – Really want to get involved but none of these things appeal to you? OK! E-mail email@example.com, tell us what you’re interested, and we’ll figure out what you could do.
Awesome! Thanks for all your help! Hey, no problem. That’s what I’m here for! We are always looking for fresh faces at the station and would love to have you aboard. Ask not what your radio station can do for you, but what you can do for your radio station!
See you around.