Hello, listeners! I know you are wondering what goes on behind the scenes as I, The Kathleen-Machine, put together the “Vintage Vibes” show each week. Not only is the show a bit time consuming with the gathering of music, but it also requires a bit of research.

“WHAT?” you say. “What kind of research would possibly be needed for a simple college radio show?”

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Well, I’ll tell you! When I sit down to write the “Vintage Vibes” script each week, I take into consideration the different segments of my show. The segments include Interpretation TimeObsession HourLocal Love, and and other times where I discuss something especially random. Interpretation Time is where I choose a song and interpret the lyrics. Obsession Hour is where I play music and discuss an artist or band I am obsessed with. Local Love is, as assumed, where I play music from a local artist or band.

When I go about writing the script for my show, Interpretation Time takes research because of the song I pick and the differing connotations associated with that song. I try to make my interpretation of lyrics fair and composed of many opinions, not just my own. This rings true with the band I am obsessed with, also. When I write about the artist or band, I try to find an interesting backstory to who the band is, how they formed, and a couple of their greatest achievements. Granted, sometimes this can all be available on one site (*cought* Wiki *cough*), but I try to branch out and get a few better sources for my research on the band. Local Love, a lot of time, is just me playing my own music because, hey, it’s my show! However, I have played a few local musicians that I remember from UIC Radio’s Battle of the Bands or from researching Chicago area bands. I want to play an artist/band that fits with the show’s music genre, but is also unique and worth giving publicity.

After I’ve done all of this and implemented this research into my script, I make sure the amount of time I planned works well with the songs and amount of time I speak on air. This is actually not all too tricky because all I do is check my song playlist time and estimate how long I would talk and assume it’s all going to work out fine (my motto for most things). This leaves leeway for the end of my show and room for error.

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Lastly, but most importantly, after writing my script for the show it is imperative (completely imperative) I take a nap. Why? you ask. Because I’m a senior in college and after writing or thinking too hard about anything I have to take a nap or drink a lot of coffee. And coffee is gross. Boom.

So, yes. This is what I do each week as I put together the vastly amazing parts of “Vintage Vibes” and entertain you all for two whole hours. Thank you for your interest, although I know you didn’t ask. Thanks for reading friends.

~Keep it surreal~


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