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Music for the Music Un-Junkie

  • Jun 3, 2010
     So when you first came to LMU all those years ago, you may have heard stirrings of a radio station existing on campus.  You probably said, "that's cool, isn't there also a TV station called the Roar Network?" and immediately pushed KXLU to the back of your subconscious.  But then you starting seeing bumper stickers for the station miles away from campus and came to the realization the logo mentions nothing of LMU.  Then you discover that the station is located on the top floor of Malone.  Really?  There?  So then you go out on a treasure-seeking quest to find an actual existing radio and discover that everything you thought about college radio was wrong.
     I am in no way a music enthusiast nor treat the indie scene as a religion, but to ignore the influence of KXLU 88.9 is impossible.  Unlike the Roar Network which offers student-run television only every two-weeks, this radio station is operated in the public interest by its student, faculty, and volunteer staff 24 hours a day without repeating its content.  And it's entirely commercial-free, which is probably its biggest draw for me not being a music junkie.  For those times when I absolutely can not stand the library on my itunes and when the radio seems to be playing the same song over and over again, KXLU's selection of rock, jazz, and Latin is just the thing to keep my mind at ease writing those long papers the night before.   
      What makes KXLU so great is its accessibility.  They have a Livestream on their website which can be accessed at a touch of a button.  What I like to do is open the Live365 Player Window and move it up to the corner of the screen as I work on an assignment or project.  For most programs the DJ will not interject for a good 20 to 25 minutes so that there are basically no distractions.  Also on their website is a program schedule so that you actually know what it is you are listening to.  And if you hear a song that really captures your attention, it is also easy to look up what that song is.  After the broadcasts, the djs will put up the entire song list up on their blogs that can be found through the website.  
     It's difficult to review the station in regards to its content.  It at times can be a little too electronic, delve too far into experimental, or sound like a Tarantino wetdream.  But even if some of the shows are a little too "out there," they have great DJs that know there stuff.  The DJs are even better in the peak hours, and every time I tune in, they always accept requests.  True, every once in awhile they can ramble (earlier today there was a ten minute interruption in which I had no idea what they were talking about), but this does not take away from the refreshingly genuine quality of the DJs and the institutions that they have formed.
     Here are some programs I recommend to first time listeners.  Demolisten is a famous program that only plays demo tapes, which is a great concept but can only be taken in small doses.  It is not long before I lose interest because, let's face it, they are still demos. Another  KXLU program that is either a hit or miss is Center Stage with Mark Gordan, which is a talk radio program devoted to art, entertainment, theatre, and film.  With my pursuit for film, I thought I would love this program but it all depends on who the guest speaker is and the talk radio format does not stand alone.  Besides that, check out Mike/Jon on Thursday mornings even if they can get a little experimental.  I also love Markness hosted by Mark and Mass Production on Monday from 12-2am, which sometimes plays older music.  Finally Alma Del Barrio is a Latin music program that has been in existence since 1973 and takes up the weekends at the station.  Though not my favorite type of music, it is heavily influenced by culture, and you'll know what you get.  I think I can honestly say anybody can find something they would enjoy from this radio station.

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July 29, 2010
I had no idea that KXLU represented so many artists and musical genres. I'll have to check it out.
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KXLU exists to engage in broadcasting under terms of a license granted by the Federal Communications Commission. KXLU is a non-commercial, educational station broadcasting from the Westchester campus of Loyola Marymount University at an assigned carrier of 88.9 megahertz and an assigned radiating power of 3000 watts. Owned by the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University, KXLU is operated in the public interest by its student, faculty, and volunteer staff. 

KXLU offers a diverse and eclectic range of free form, commercial free radio to the Los Angeles community and to the world via KXLU broadcasts live 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

As a member of the greater Los Angeles community, KXLU recognizes this area as its primary service audience and strives to serve the needs and interests of this community. As listener supported radio, KXLU offers a widely diverse and alternative programming schedule which includes the following genres: progressive and independent rock, classical, opera, world, dance, country, hip hop, metal, noise, jazz, blues, theater & film as well as being home to one of the most successful and longest running Latin radio programs in the country, Alma Del Barrio.

KXLU is committed to maintaining consistently high programming standards throughout its schedule by striving to give under represented artists and musical genres, who do not have a voice on the traditional mainstream circuit, an ...

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