KOUG Radio calls one and all into the broadcast booth

KOUG Radio is Washington State University Vancouver’s 24/7 streaming Internet radio station, with “a fairly full programming schedule from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with primarily indie rock and alternative music playing at other times,” said Station Manager Elizabeth Brodie. KOUG Radio now has an app available for both Apple and Android devices for easy listening on the go, enhancing the 24/7 experience for students.

KOUG Radio provides any student from any major the opportunity for, as Brodie said, “a creative outlet on campus, through the medium of a music or a talk show.” She also said, “It’s a great way for students to become involved on campus” The staff at KOUG Radio have become “very close, very quickly and are like a family,” said Brodie, adding, “I’d like to think that KOUG Radio, as well as the other media organizations, and each group on campus are achieving that involvement goal in our own ways.” Megan Johnson, KOUG’s PR director, added, “We allow virtually complete creative license to those who wish to make their voices heard, and pride ourselves in being the one and only resource for music on WSU Vancouver’s campus.”

The KOUG radio staff promotes itself with giveaways, and events; most recently, they hosted their second annual open house on Sept. 12. Over 40 people attended, exceeding the staff’s initial expectations. Brodie said, “we had a previous Station Manager and Technical Director attend, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to see how far the station has come.” In addition to a large crowd, there were events including a tour of the station and Quantitative Skills Center, guests signing vinyl records to commemorate the event, a photo booth, music-related questionnaires, recruitment sign-ups for students to become DJs, a prize drawing for KOUG-branded prizes and an assortment of snacks. Johnson and Brodie both said that the event was “incredibly successful and fun” and that “the most successful aspect of this event was definitely the interactions that both DJs and non-DJs were having with one another.”

The staff at KOUG Radio has grown from 6 DJs to over 30, which adds to the wide variety of input during the live programs, while KOUG’s management team works behind the scene to keep them working. Brodie’s described her role as station manager by saying, “essentially I work to make sure that KOUG Radio has everything it needs to thrive as an organization.” As the PR Director, Johnson said, “I’m in charge of updating all of KOUG Radio’s social media platforms, maintaining our station’s prizes and giveaways, planning KOUG events like the Open House, assisting our Station Manager Elizabeth with determining our upcoming advertising campaigns, and working with DJs at their request to help them plan and promote their shows.” When asked what the best part of the job is, Johnson said, “I knew that the only way I would succeed here is if I got involved with one organization immediately after starting” and Brodie added, “I think just watching each individual DJ, and the station grow has been my most enjoyable experience [in working for KOUG Radio].”

Those who do not have access to the KOUG Radio app can tune in at kougradio.com. Any questions related to KOUG Radio and becoming a DJ can be directed to Megan Johnson, PR Director, by email at pr@kougradio.com or to Elizabeth Brodie, Station Manager, by email at manager@kougradio.com.

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