04 June 2008

This is Your Captain Speaking...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but the new board is up and running! You know what that means? Shows are back! No more silly automation 24/7. Some DJs have already started their shows up again, and with a round of training tomorrow, even more new and returning DJs will be having shows throughout the week. The schedule is already pretty packed (there are shows back-to-back on Sunday from 12pm to 12am!).

Today I dropped by the station while Cazes and Zakk were testing out their Top 30 show. The premise is pretty simple, they play one song from each of the Top 30 albums off the chart Zakk makes every week. Even though the music is great, the entertainment provided by these two guys is enough to make me want to tune in. You can catch their Top 30 countdown Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm.

In case you weren't aware, I'm the station's new librarian. While I was at the station today, I began to grapple with my task of fitting more and more cds into our already gigantic library. Since we can't magically accrue more space to stick stuff in, my only option is to get rid of cds. But then the question becomes which cds to get rid of? Do we really need music that came out back in the 1990s? Or cds with horrible reviews? What about the ones with two or three tracks?

Recently Jon sent me a link to a blog about a station out in California that is digitizing its entire music library. This route is probably nothing but a pipe dream for us at KSCL, but it's definitely an option to consider in the future. I have a bunch of ideas that'll probably get brought up at the next staff meeting. It's my goal this summer to at least get a handle on the space issue. Having such a vast library that does go back in the years is awesome, but so is having more and more new music.

Oh the conundrum!

7 comments:

Schleuss said...

haha! awesome insights, kelly.

ps-this picture of zakk is mag-ni-fit! he's always eating cds with a sexy look on his face. oh joy!

Abidjan said...

Hey Jon - where is all the vinyl these days?

Abidjan said...

this is Si btw. i figure the old vinyl is long, gone.

Zakk Owens said...

ok... I was hungry!

Schleuss said...

Si,

some of the vinyl's gone, but there's still quite a bit.

Abidjan said...

Dang, that closet screams history.

Ryan said...

This is Ryan of Reclaim Media. We are the folks that digitized the vinyl for KCRW. We are setting up a system to work with station with a "modest" operating budget. We like staying in business but we also like our factory filled with a brilliant selection of vinyl while we transfer it. If there is interest in a project, have somebody give me a call. Here is a link to a few articles about why our service is a big benefit to public radio

A collection of articles about digitizing vinyl, etc.