With a whole world of music at your fingertips, students who thrive on new beats listening to your every remark, and a whole show to foster your sound — the power of the radio is yours.
UNC gives students the opportunity to express and explore their music interests by being a DJ at the WXYC radio station.
The life of a DJ is not one that many students get to experience. WXYC is a free-form radio station as opposed to a block programming station, so none of their shows are automated, not even the late night and early morning shifts (aka the graveyard shifts). When DJs are hired, the first shift they are required to take is the 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. time slot.
“It takes a special kind of person to want to come into the Union at 3 a.m. and do a radio show,” Grace Bowman, DJ coordinator and UNC junior, said.
Sophomore Mary Glenn Krause has been a DJ at WXYC for three semesters and is now a specialty coordinator for the station.
Krause’s show, Hell or High Water, explores the music and culture of North Carolina from the turn of the 20th century to the early 1980s. All of the music is taken from the Southern Folklife Collection.
As a nursing major, Krause wanted an artistic outlet that allowed her to express herself.
“It was an opportunity to be (an) outlet for me to get that public speaking and public interaction,” she said.
And it's true that the public interacts with the station.