Today is National College Radio Day, which probably falls somewhere between national bundt cake month and Christmas on the spectrum of holiday importance. Just kidding - it's clearly the most festive holiday which also carries the most gravity. College radio stations are certainly worth celebrating - independent music, independent thought, the opportunity to discover the rich discographies of overlooked and underexposed artists, and the incomparable joy that comes from sharing something so personal as great music. This is the spirit that permeates KVRX in our programming, our music cabinet, and our playlists, and it's something that we take to heart.
However, as recent history has shown, the presence of college stations and all that they represent is not guaranteed to remain on the air waves. Thus, today is as much about advocacy as it is about celebration. Hopefully today you can wax nostalgaic about college radio - whether you are a current or former DJ, a listener, or a chronic prank caller. Get lost in your reflections, light a votive candle, write a sonnet, or come out to the west mall, where we'll be posted up by our artsy wooden call letters and spinning some music to say hi or play some songs of your own.
If you like what we're doing, let us know, and consider donating to the station to help secure our future as a vibrant presence in the Texas music community. Community support is imperative for obvious financial reasons, but hearing from listeners is also what keeps morale high and gets us out of bed at unholy hours to do shows. Above all, I think it's an incredible privilege and a gift to be able to do what I do - work for an organization that I believe in so strongly, that permits such autonomy of creative expression, and upholds a high standard of music quality, and gives students the opportunity to do such cool things. I have a lot to be thankful for, and today I plan on spreading the gospel of college radio.
Hug a DJ, spend some time with your record collection, and stay tuned.