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Monday, June 21, 2010
15. An Outline of Points Discussed Tonight at the Meeting Between Burr Beard and the Rock Department
(These were compiled by Rock Director Colin Powell and sent to the WTJU mailing list.)
Thanks for coming out and talking with us tonight; I appreciate your willingness to discuss Rock Department issues with us on such short notice. Per your request, I'm summarizing here the changes that we propose to your current plan for rock programming.
1. Modify the proposed schedule -Give Jazz another hour, move the 8-10pm specialty shows back to the afternoon, where their (quite dedicated) listenership is more established.
-This gives rock the opportunity to run three full shows (9p to 3a), and Jazz the opportunity to run two. Will probably provide quite a bit of goodwill from both departments.
-Our proposal also provides consistency – only two departments will be working past 5pm. Results in a much cleaner, easier-to-understand evening schedule (jazz in the evenings 5-9, rock at night 9-3).
2. Modify the proposed rotation - albums should be the basis for rotation, not songs. We are much more willing to work for a system in which a group of albums are rotated, not specific songs.
-This provides a sense of repetition and consistency within our programming without removing a DJ's sense of choice.
-Consistency builds itself organically– we naturally seek out specific tracks of our favorite records.
3. Keep alternate DJs
-we can work on better pairings, if this is the problem. most pairings are very consistent, and we can make sure that all of them work very well.
-DJs will be required to record promos together, mention each others shows, and adhere to rotation – DJ alternates keep track of what the other is playing.
-alternating is convenient, liked by volunteers, gives more chances to participate.
-more open time slots attract more potential DJs.
this appeals to:
student DJs with volatile / uncertain schedules.
out of town DJs who must travel long distances to do their shows.
DJs with full-time jobs that can't commit to a two hour block of music every week.