As art director and radio show host for WVKC, junior Eli Adams creates advertisements, designs shirts and holds art-centered radio events. Since their first time hosting a show, they have noticed the development in their taste in music as the years have progressed.
“I’ve had [my show] since freshman year and every year it’s changed genres. But it’s pretty much just playing music that I’m enjoying at the time and talking about the music and what’s happening in my life,” Adams said.
Adams enjoys having a radio show because of its historically powerful medium, mass anonymity and expressive nature.
“It offers people an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and their music and whatever they want that exists in audio form with a larger group of people who are electing to listen to you, which feels very communal and loving,” Adams said.
As an avid listener of WVKC, Adams feels the radio offers a sense of spontaneity that doesn’t exist on other media platforms. Adams often finds themselves writing down a new song they heard while listening to the station and studying.
“I always learn something from listening to the radio but I never know what I’m going to learn,” they said.
Adams embraces the WVKC community and culture and encourages others to do to the same. They feel that the station fosters a community that preaches inclusivity.
Playing heavy metal music and rocking out, freshman James Stratton participates in WVKC to have fun and express himself.
“I really have no goals besides to bring metal to our children and to melt people’s faces off,” Stratton said.
Stratton was interested in having a radio show because of its lenient nature, which allows its hosts to define their shows in whichever ways they choose.
“It’s creativity. People have made these shows. Some are very scripted and for me, I just say whatever’s on my mind. I love heavy metal music and I’m sharing it with other people. It’s easy to just put the radio on low and hear something you like,” Stratton said.
Though Stratton believes people could easily enjoy hearing the radio, he feels it isn’t listened to as much as it could be.
“It’s all distribution. You should have the radio playing in the Caf or the Gizmo,” Stratton said.
Stratton feels that more people should listen to WVKC because of its unparalleled wide variety and raw content that off-campus radio stations don’t typically provide.
“The Knox radio station is unique because it’s not like your radio station that’s there to make money where you’re going to hear the number one song a million times,” Stratton said. “There’s some good for everyone. If you like music you should like radio because it’s also people who like music and are putting it out there.”
As a talk show host, freshman Max Caplan “nerds out” with his listeners about topics such as anime and comics. He is open to talking about anything his listeners are passionate about.
“Part of the reason I make this show is because I want to get through to someone. You hear about things that you didn’t realize other Knox people were fans of: types of music, types of ways of thinking,” Caplan said.
He decided to begin hosting a radio show because of the low-pressure environment it provided him.
“As an extracurricular it’s a bit less high commitment. People aren’t constantly counting on you,” Caplan said. “It’s your show. You choose how it’s run, and that really appealed to me.”
Since radio is only audio, Caplan relates radio shows to conversations with a wide audience.
“There’s a sense of intimacy with the way our small radio works. It’s just you talking to someone, there’s no visual element beyond that. Or it’s just music and it’s just a person saying, ‘Hey, this is music I love,’” he said. “All you have is someone’s voice and that, I think, is very powerful.”
Lastly, Caplan hosts a radio show for the sense of fulfillment it always brings him.
“For all of the little things you can do at Knox, a radio show is where you really get what you put into it,” Caplan said.