CSU, Chico News

KCSC Alumni Host Career Panel on Campus

Date: 11-08-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

KCSC, California State University, Chico’s award-winning student-run radio station, is celebrating its 60-year anniversary this weekend with many former staff members and DJs returning to campus for a panel discussion.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. in BMU 210.

KCSC alumni will speak about the long-time campus radio station and how their KCSC experiences shaped their career paths in the music, broadcasting, journalism, entertainment and communications industries.

Current CSU, Chico students are being encouraged to attend the event so they can discuss their own career interests with the alumni.

KCSC, which debuted on campus on March 14, 1951, is a program of the Associated Students. Approximately 120 students currently intern or volunteer at the station. In 1987, KCSC was named “Best College Radio Station” in SPIN magazine.

Jon Slaughter, director of AS programs and government affairs, said, “KCSC has been recognized and won awards over the decades for being an avant garde station in the best sense of the word. They were cable radio before cable radio got big, and were on the Internet before that got big.”

Panel discussion participants Saturday will include Roland West (Island Def Jam promotion and marketing manager, APD/MD/DJ at KITS “LIVE 105”, DJ at KROQ, MD/DJ at KNAC); Sylvia Massey (multiple Grammy-winning record producer/engineer/ journalist, owner of RadioStar Studios); Stephanie Swengel (vice president production at 20th Century Fox, marketing director of LA Weekly, Ticketmaster and Avalon Attractions); Pam Wolf (DJ at 91X, WBCN, The End, Live 105, KVRE, KOZT, KZOK, KCAL); Dred Scott (DJ at KFOG, KITS “LIVE 105”, Indie 103.1, The Sound 100.3, 91X, writer, producer at Westwood One); Toni Smith (creative director/owner, happylucky, Inc. a global design and branding company that has worked with Adidas, Salomon, MS Society, the Girl Effect, Nike and Doc Martens); Anita Rivas (entertainment lawyer and music consultant, former talent buyer for The I Beam, The Kennel Club and Bill Graham Presents); Michael Cloward (founder of 28th Day, Devil in the Woods Records and DIW Magazine); Pete Beck (senior web user interface developer; Blue Shield of California, Devil In The Woods Records, DIW Magazine).

Liz MacDonald (KFM, KISW and TV stations KCPM, KHSL) will moderate the panel.

KCSC alumni are also planning other activities this weekend, including tours of the KCSC station and guest DJ shifts on the air.