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Spotlight on: Radio Free Gustavus | The Gustavian Weekly

By Parker Lindberg - Staff Writer | November 2, 2018 | Variety

Tune into Radio Free Gustavus on the KGSM website.

Tune into Radio Free Gustavus on the KGSM website.

Gustavus students are able to express themselves through many different forms of art and communication. One of these forms is radio. Radio Free Gustavus is a student-run radio program that features a variety of shows tailored toward Gustavus students. 

Each show airs at a different time and are hosted by students. They are each centered around a different subject that will appeal to almost any student. 

Junior Ingrid Iverson co-hosts a show called “Chip and Erma in the Evening” on Sunday nights at nine pm. The show focuses on campus culture, Gustavus folklore, and current events. According to Ingrid, the show often turns into random conversations that are a lot of fun to listen to and be a part of. 

Each episode of “Chip and Erma” has a theme, and usually includes a special guest that joins them to talk about something that they are passionate about. It often includes a game of Kahoot to get listeners involved and the winner receives a free lunch courtesy of Ingrid. 

Ingrid says that radio is important on campus as a means of communication. 

“I think the show gives us a way to communicate with people, share our opinions about current events, and just be creative.” Being able to communicate with an audience is Ingrid’s favorite aspect of being involved with the radio program. 

Senior Ian Bachmayer co-hosts a show called “Tea and Tunes” with Linsey Wolf which focuses on discussions about music, music genres, and music-related events. 

According to Ian, “the show allows us to explore our taste in music and hear new music that people recommend with no pressure and just have a free and fun environment.”

Ian also believes that radio is important both on and off campus as a way of being creative and communicating new ideas. “I like that some radio stations feature local artists.” Ian thinks that radio is an important tool as it can spread ideas to a large audience of people.

“We’re in a golden age of music and so it’s important to explore that”, Ian said. He enjoys interacting with listeners and getting new recommendations for music. 

Ian got involved with the radio program through friends and said that the process was very easy and there wasn’t much pressure. 

“There aren’t many guidelines that we have to follow and so it’s a great way to just have fun with friends. I love working with all of the people involved in the show, it’s a very free environment,”Bachmayer said. 

“Tea and Tunes” broadcasts on Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm. They also have an Instagram page to gain more exposure for the show. Their handle is @gacteatunes. 

All of the radio shows highly recommend students to tune in to listen and appreciate the chance to interact with listeners and gain larger audiences. 

Radio Free Gustavus is a great way for students to increase their knowledge about current events and the culture on campus. The broadcasts can be found through a link on the Gustavus website to the KGSM website. 

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