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Tuesday is for Tape Labels

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Remember me, your pal Cassette Tape? Dust off your Walkman, because I'm back!

One of the biggest reasons I like college radio stations so much is because they broadcast music made by people I actually know and love and want to support with my hard-earned dollars.

One local tape label in Iowa that I enjoy purchasing from is Sweat Power Records. Run by the boys of Utopia Park, every tape is $5, and all six of the bands with current releases are full of marvelous songwriters and performers.

If the idea of a tape label still existing in this day and age is a foreign concept to you, get with the times! My friend Caitlin just wrote about the cassette tape’s comeback story this week, and she’s right! College kids, indie bands, and other genres of thrifty souls are bringing back the cassette because of one reason and one reason only: it’s dirt cheap.

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Dilemmas of a DJ: Songs Long Enough To Take A Bathroom Break During

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If only the station had a bathroom this nice...

You’re DJing your midnight to 2 AM show on the Internet-only radio stream and, all of a sudden, nature calls.

What else is there to do than to put on a song (or two) on that’s absolutely long enough to get to the bathroom and back? In your panic, you scramble to the CD library, looking for the longest song you can find… Continue reading

Stingers: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

I am in the third year of co-hosting a radio show, and every year my co-host and I work ourselves up into a frenzied state over our stingers for the show.
For the uninitiated, I will provide you with the definition of a “stinger.”

Stinger (noun): a short sound clip used to divide sections of a radio program or podcast, also known as a sounder.

Are our stingers too long? Do they even make sense? What will these ten second sound clips ultimately say about our show? Why don’t we take our show seriously? Should our last show of the year be a show in which we only play our stingers, because we will have so many by then and they will be so awesome?

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Sunday Song: “Santa Fe” by Beirut

BeirutThis week, we added the new album “The Rip Tide” by Beirut to the station’s library. On this release, New Mexico native Zach Condon’s marching-band-meets-folk sound has reached a new level of sophistication. And his lazy, yet operatic voice is as care-free as ever.

Have a listen: