WTLX DJ’s Job Not Just Spinning Tunes

by Elizabeth Davis

WTLX DJ. That’s not just a lot of consonants, … it’s a job that involves a great deal of passion for music, a desire to broaden the musical tastes of Transylvania’s listeners and also, according those involved with the campus radio station, a lot of fun.

Senior Matt Bradley decided to join WTLX to introduce listeners to music outside of the norm.

Whether it is a conscious or unconscious process, many college students have made music an important element of their lives.

Faculty adviser Dr. Scott Whiddon identifies with this focus on music.

“I don’t think I can imagine my own college and grad school years without the soundtrack that accompanies them, from REM to classic punk rock to obscure soul recordings,” Whiddon said.

And the disc jockeys of WTLX definitely agree.

“Music has always meant a lot to me,” said senior Matt Bradley.

Part of the reason why he decided to join WTLX was to introduce listeners to music that was outside the typical repertoire of today’s radio stations.

“You always hear the same three Nickelback songs on the radio,” Bradley said.

Sophomore Noah Wheeler had an instant connection with his job at WTLX.

“After the first show I was hooked,” Wheeler said.

The DJs take their passion for music and current events to the air waves in a variety of ways.

“My show features commentary on many different issues,” said Wheeler, whose program covers such topics as campus policies and Lexington news.
Wheeler intersperses these discussions with-five minute music breaks.

“Picking songs is a difficult process and can be difficult with so many artists and genres to choose from,” Wheeler said.

Bradley also echoed this challenge, who said that he tries to keep a balance of mainstream music and things that don’t get a lot of airtime, and also between what he wants to listen to and what those who tune in want to hear.

Bradley said he spruces up his show by doing polls for song requests or giving away prizes, which are “usually really menial, like pencils.”

Even though this job seems like a lot of work, the time commitment is surprisingly minimal.

“It’s two hours a week and maybe half an hour setting up your playlist,” Bradley said.

Smaller time commitments don’t mean a smaller impact at Transy, however. Those involved said that the station promotes both campus diversity and personal development.

“WTLX allows for a wide range of students, (from) first-years to seniors, Greeks and non-Greeks, to be involved,” Whiddon said.

Bradley was enthusiastic about the station’s commitment to furthering Transy students.

“(WTLX) offers students a voice when sometimes they can’t be heard. It gives them a way to express themselves, meet new people, and just have fun.”
For a DJ application or more information, contact either Casey Berry (270-929-1421 or cjberry12@transy.edu) or Joshua Berry (859-547-2500 or jeberry12@transy.edu).


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