The SOCC (Sounds of Colorado College), the student-run radio station, is now streaming in Rastall Cafe and Benji’s. According to Jake Brownell ’12, the general manager, this has been a goal for a long time. When the radio station was first broadcast in 2008, it was on HD3 and needed a special radio. Rastall used to have one of these radios and played SOCC, but in its early stages the radio station’s reception proved inconsistent. In the early days of the SOCC, there weren’t as many shows, and students occasionally wouldn’t show up for their shifts, so there would be dead air. Now the radio station streams KEXP from Seattle when they are not broadcasting, so that is no longer a problem.
Jake and the rest of the staff worked with Bon Appétit and the AV department to kick-start this initiative. The radio station is now constantly streaming in Rastall Cafe and Benji’s. The process began at the beginning of year, but it wasn’t implemented until the end of Block 5.
This project has generated very positive reactions. Most students welcome the diversity of music now available, as opposed to the repetitive radio pop music that had been playing before the switch. The one complaint received is that some students find some types of music annoying at certain times of day (for example, some people do not appreciate electronic music in the morning). To that end, Jake invites students to take the initiative and get more involved in the SOCC.
This innovation was a real morale boost for the staff. It is primarily an online radio station broadcast from a studio in Loomis Hall. Now there is a guarantee that someone is listening to a show, which inspires the DJs to take shows more seriously. They feel like they are providing a service to this campus.
This success has served as an impetus for other projects. According to Jake, “Student radio should be a real hub of sound-rich content.” He is constantly looking for ways to expand the SOCC beyond just the music. There are plans to launch small radio journalism projects focused on campus culture. This would entail five-minute segments to be run at the top of the hour featuring some topic relevant to the CC campus. Jake also would like to see student poetry or other forms of radio journalism be incorporated into the station. These projects will allow the organization to expand and will include new people and other interested parties.
Jake was a DJ for two years before becoming the general manager this year. The other positions on the staff include the events and promotions manager, Jitu Varanasi ’13; operations manager Teo Price-Broncucia ’14; and program director, Jamie Haran ’12. The SOCC tries to sponsor at least one event each block. They have recently partnered with The Ninth Block to host DJ nights. This is a great opportunity for the SOCC DJs to do a live set. They also sponsor events that feature student musicians and occasionally they bring in nationally touring bands.
The SOCC is a great resource for other student events that want music. They see it as part of their mandate as an organization to facilitate the availability of music around campus.
KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member station, took first place in the Public Radio News Directors, Inc., competition with an episode produced on the news show “Western Skies.” The episode, titled “Agriculture,” won in the Best News/Public Affairs Program category in the “small newsroom” division. The show, produced by news director Andrea Chalfin and Noel Black, originally aired on Sept. 5, 2010.
KRCC’s “Western Skies” also received a second-place award from the Colorado Associated Press in the Documentary category for the same episode. The Associated Press competition was among large market stations and not limited to public stations. The “Agriculture” episode, which sought to connect listeners with the people who produce food, interviewed people ranging from those who advocate community-supported agriculture to traditional ranchers. The full episode can be heard at: http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2010/09/western-skies-september-5-2010-agriculture/
KRCC will offer a special presentation featuring select pieces from the 2010 CC Summer Music Festival during their fundraising drive on Saturday, June 11. Beginning at 4 p.m., the NPR-member station will air pieces performed during last year’s festival. Among the selections to be aired are:
- The Overture to Die Fledermaus by Richard Strauss, performed by the Summer Music Festival Orchestra, recorded June 27, 2010.
- Sonata for violin and piano in three movements by Edvard Grieg, performed by Scott Yoo on violin and Summer Music Festival Music Director Susan Grace on piano, recorded June 17, 2010.
- Divertissement for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon by Ervin Schulhoff, with Anne Marie Gabrielle on oboe, Bill Jackson on Clarinet and Michael Kroth on bassoon, recorded June 10, 2010, at last year’s Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
Now in its 27th season, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival is an intensive three-week program for 45 advanced student musicians. Festival participants work closely with CC faculty, who spend many hours coaching small ensembles and giving private lessons and master classes. All students participate in a concert series including formal and informal chamber music concerts, five orchestra performances, including a free children’s concert, and several off-campus outreach concerts. This year’s festival runs June 6-26.
Currently, KRCC is heard in Westcliffe, Gardner, Limon, Manitou Springs, Trinidad, Buena Vista, Salida, Villa Grove, Canon City, Colorado Springs, La Junta, Raton, N.M., and globally online at www.krcc.org. Tune in to 91.5 FM to hear the broadcast.
KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member station, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.
Delaney Utterback, KRCC’s general manager, said the grant would be used to help support KRCC’s local news and cultural programming.
“We’re thrilled and grateful for the support from the Inasmuch Foundation and look forward to making our local news and cultural programming even better.” said Utterback.
KRCC’s mission is to offer broadcast radio programming that reflects Colorado College’s commitment to the liberal arts and diverse ideas and people. In 2003, KRCC added news coverage from the state capitol, the “Capitol Coverage Project.” On Jan. 1, 2005, KRCC began broadcasting locally in the form of a weekly news magazine entitled “Western Skies.” Two years later, “Western Skies” evolved into KRCC local news with daily news segments broadcast during NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” “Western Skies” recently returned as a monthly news magazine, focusing on a single topic affecting the Pikes Peak region and southern Colorado. In the spring of 2009, KRCC expanded its coverage of local culture and history with the online program “The Big Something.”
In 2007, the station completed the installation of hybrid-digital (HD) broadcasting equipment and upgraded its signal to HD. This included multi-casts with two additional channels of programming on HD2 and HD3, in addition to an HD simulcast of the main channel. HD2 is a mix of national news and music programs. HD3 is a CC student-run station called the Sounds of Colorado College or SOCC.
Currently, the station is heard in Westcliffe, Gardner, Limon, Manitou Springs, Trinidad, Buena Vista, Salida, Villa Grove, Canon City, Colorado Springs, La Junta, Raton, N.M., and globally online at www.krcc.org.
KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin has received two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).
Chalfin received second place in the news feature category for “Confronting Suicide in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.” She also received second place in multimedia presentation for “Following the Harvest.”
PRNDI held their annual conference in Louisville, Ky. KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member station, won in Division C, featuring organizations with one or two full time news staff. The award-winning broadcasts can be heard at:
The much beloved news magazine “Western Skies” returns at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 6 after several years of dormancy. Produced by KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin and “The Big Something’s” Noel Black, the hour-long, monthly show addresses a single topic facing the region and the West. The show will air on the first Sunday of each month.
“Tourism” will be the subject of this Sunday’s “Western Skies” and will feature:
- A roundtable discussion about the past, present, and future of this vital industry with Terry Sullivan, CEO and president of Experience Colorado Springs, Leah Davis Witherow, archivist at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and Susan Wolbrueck, board president of the Manitou Springs Business Improvement District.
- A segment on the burgeoning agritourism in Colorado by Michelle Mercer.
- A conversation with Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland about proposed legislation pitting whitewater rafting against private land owners.
- A feature on Pikes Peak’s famous donuts.
Tune in to 91.5 FM, and make sure you check the KRCC website for additional web-only features, including a video of donut making, a history of Balanced Rock in photography, and much more.
KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member radio station, has received a $15,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation. The grant will be used to produce local news shows for the community and provide additional political coverage on the state legislature in Denver, both of which have been requested by KRCC’s member stations. “These programs are vital components of the comprehensive news programming that KRCC provides members and listeners in Southern Colorado,” said Delaney Utterback, KRCC’s general manager.
Although Colorado College is the fiscal agent for the radio station, KRCC is solely responsible for raising revenue for its budget each year. This is the toughest economy KRCC has faced in its 26-year history as a National Public Radio member station, Utterback said.
KRCC’s mission is to offer broadcast radio programming which reflects Colorado College’s commitment to the liberal arts and diverse ideas and people. KRCC began in 1944 in Colorado Springs as a public address system at Colorado College, and began airing NPR news in the fall of 1984. As of 1999, KRCC was heard in Westcliffe, Gardner, Limon, Manitou Springs, Trinidad, Buena Vista, Salida, Villa Grove, Canon City, Colorado Springs, and Raton, N.M. In 2000, a repeater station for KRCC in La Junta was completed.
In 2003 KRCC added a political show, the “Capitol Coverage Project,” and in January 2005 KRCC began broadcasting a local weekly news magazine called “Western Skies.” Two years later, the show evolved into “KRCC Local News” featuring daily news segments during “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
Andrea Chalfin, news director for KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member radio station, won second place from the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association for “Mise en Place” in the “Best Mini-Documentary or Series” category.
“Mise en Place” is a monthly series based on “Colorado Proud,” which comes from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and highlights a Colorado agricultural product. Chalfin or one of KRCC News freelancers typically visits a farmer and a chef for each one, though there have been variations, including speaking with a CSU-Pueblo professor about the historical significance of squash in the region. The show also provides recipes online, one from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and one from the chef who is interviewed.
“Mise en Place” airs at 5:45 p.m. (actually, 5:44:30) the first Friday of each month, and again at 10 a.m. on Sunday, prior to the beginning of “The Splendid Table.” Be sure to tune in to KRCC 91.5 FM on Friday, April 2, for a story on herbs. To view the series, which often has extra content such as slideshows and audio, go to: