Extra-curricular activities are often thought of as resume builders rather than fun activities. Millersville’s campus radio station, 91.7 WIXQ, is a great way to get involved while having fun. In order to become a DJ for WIXQ, students must go through training. The amount of training needed is determined by the station manager, but currently stands at four weeks. During those four weeks, you train on an existing show with the hosts.
You learn the ins and outs of the radio station, as well as the rules and regulations that the shows must abide by. These rules are sanctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and prohibit the use of any foul language spoken by DJs or used in songs played on the shows. After completing training, you go through a demo process with the station manager, proving that you know what you’re doing in the station.
After the completion of your demo, you get to pick your show time. As with many positions, superiority plays a role, so students that are new to the station often do not get the best time slots right off the bat. While hosting your own show, the options for music and talk are limitless! As long as the show upholds the FCC regulations, you are free to play whatever music you want, and talk about whatever topics interest you!
This kind of freedom appeals to an assortment of college students, making WIXQ a popular organization on campus. Listeners are able to stream the radio station while away from school on wixq.com, or tune in at 91.7 FM. Working at a campus radio station is a great way to get radio broadcasting experience. Internships and workplaces want students with experience, so for students looking to go into the field, WIXQ is a great place to start.
Junior Curtis Silverwood is a current DJ at WIXQ, and has been a part of the station since the beginning of his freshman year, “I’m part of the council, the news director, and I feel like I’m very involved in what goes on in the station. I love being a DJ because I express myself through music and my radio show lets me show who I am. I love being able to share music I find to the listeners. WIXQ is awesome, and I’ll be a part of it until I graduate; I’m sure!”
The students who spend time working at the radio station seem to enjoy what they do, and are passionate for the field, whether they are communication majors or not. Junior Alicia Henry has been part of the WIXQ team since her sophomore year, “It was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made while at Millersville. It helped me pick my major and allowed me to realize how much I love showing people good music.”
Becoming a DJ was challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really fun and easy! Both Curtis and Alicia host their own radio show called ‘Set It Off’ on Sundays from 7-10 p.m. If you are interested in joining the radio station for training next semester, be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune in to 91.7 FM to see what the buzz is all about.