KFKX Heard Around the World
Alumni, prospective students, parents and fans of college radio will finally be able to listen to KFKX 90.1 around the globe. With funding from the Student Association, HC’s student-run radio station will begin streaming for the first time in January 2013.
“We started working on this project two years ago when I came here,” said Ross Struss ’13, current Station Manager for KFKX. “We began creating a new identity and logo, restructuring and ensuring we have a constant flow of content.”
The next step was securing the funding to make the transition. During its fall budget hearings, the Student Association Senate approved $4,500 for KFKX to obtain the necessary licenses and additional equipment.
“Although I cannot speak for every senator on the senate, I feel it is necessary to maintain the long tradition of Hastings College's communication department and allow students to gain the vital and practical skills of broadcasting prior to their graduation,” said Grant Hunter ’15 from Roswell, N.M., the Student Senator representing Weyer Hall. “I hope that the new streaming will breathe new life into our radio station and students and staff will have the ability to stay connected to their alma mater during the school year, on summer break, after their Hastings College career, and into the future.”
The final launch date remains to be set so potential audience members are encouraged to check www.hcmediaonline.org regularly in January 2013 for a link to the stream. When the streaming begins, listeners can expect the station to continue to play alternative and indie songs throughout the day, student-run shows from 6-10 p.m. on Monday-Thursdays and Bronco athletic events.
Sharon Behl Brooks, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and English, is excited to see the students so interested and invested in expanding the station’s coverage.
“As students did when they took KFKX to an over-the-air station, [students] are doing much of the work with the campus to make this change,” said Brooks, who serves as the station’s faculty advisor.