Tuesday, October 6, 2009

KTUH Celebrates 40 Years of Student-Run Radio in Hawaii

Congratulations to KTUH on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. According to an article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, the station purports to be the only 24/7 student-run radio station in the nation. I'm not sure how they came up with this claim (especially since I'm also at a 24/7 college radio station that is run by registered students), but I applaud them for continuing a long tradition of radio at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

The article also explains KTUH's devotion to challenging music:

"'It's not our intention to provide comfortable, familiar music,' [general director Nick] Yee said. 'We're trying to push you to try new music, and as a deejay, that's sometimes a daunting task.

'We cannot stress enough the importance of the station,' Yee said. 'It's wonderful that we have the ability to take students and community members off the street and, after a month and a half of training, give them a mic and empower them with the courage of playing their own kind of music and the ability to think for themselves.'"

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, KTUH is sponsoring a concert series on campus and will also be screening a documentary about the station called "KTUH, A History in Progress..." Additionally, they are working to collect stories from the station's past; so if you a station alum, take a look at their 40th anniversary page.

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