Arts & Culture / Mosaic / Music / October 17, 2012

Post-baccalaureate fellow turns to WVKC to promote project

Broadcasting for 90.7 WVKC is familiar to post-baccalaureate fellow Dakota Scott ’12, but now every Thursday at 7 p.m. she takes the air for a more direct purpose: her post-baccalaureate project.

“I think people forget that it’s Knox’s strongest link to the entire [Galesburg] community,” Scott said of WVKC.

Scott’s project involves creating and updating The61401.com, a website designed to compile all of Galesburg’s arts events into one cohesive calendar.  For now, Scott does most of her own research to update the calendar, but she hopes more people will begin contacting her with events they would like advertised by emailing the61401@gmail.com.

Between songs during her weekly broadcast, Scott plugs various upcoming events on her calendar. The goal is to bring guests who can talk in more detail about featured events. For instance, last week’s show featured post-baccalaureate fellow Rebecca Ott ’12, who spoke with Scott about last Friday’s Reading and Art Show at the Beanhive.

“[Ott] has more of a sense of what’s going on as far as the art at the event is concerned,” Scott said last week.

While Scott and Ott are responsible for running the event, Scott intends to bring in future guests associated with events she knows less about. Also, although the Beanhive show was last week’s focus, Scott made sure to advertise other events from her calendar.

“I want people to recognize Galesburg as its own existing arts community and a flourishing one,” Scott said of her show’s content.

Scott’s intended audience is not limited to Knox students. Since The61401.com shares events concerning the entire Galesburg community, she does not speak only to Knox students with her show.

“As a place with no profanity [the radio] is very family friendly … the arts don’t just exist as a thing for people between the ages of 18 and 22,” Scott said.

Galesburg residents comprise a large amount of WVKC’s listening community, which is why Scott initially sought to include the radio show in her post-baccalaureate project proposal.

“The station itself is trying to establish that it’s also there for the Galesburg community … there isn’t as much diversity [on other Galesburg stations] as you find on WVKC,” Scott said.

Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a junior majoring in English literature and double minoring in educational policy and journalism. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of her high school paper and a reporter for TKS. She spent the summer of 2012 freelancing for The Peninsula Gateway and is currently pursuing an independent study concerning the media’s influence on education.

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Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a junior majoring in English literature and double minoring in educational policy and journalism. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of her high school paper and a reporter for TKS. She spent the summer of 2012 freelancing for The Peninsula Gateway and is currently pursuing an independent study concerning the media’s influence on education.




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