An interview with KLCR's advisor, Dr. Paul Kohl
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When did you get involved in KLCR?
I got involved in 1995 when I first came to Loras.
What is KLCR's greatest strength?
The opportunity for any student, regardless of experience or major to broadcast over KLCR with a minimal amount of training.
What is KLCR's greatest weakness?
Lack of funding for equipment, inability to broadcast on-air, and no full-time engineer.
What is the biggest challenge with being in charge of the radio station?s
Finding enough student interested in filling time slots.
In what ways can the radio station improve?
By having a consistent schedule with regular shows that audiences can relate to.
What makes KLCR unique?
It is free-form and open to everyone.
What goes on behind the scenes at KLCR?
I generally become involved when money comes into play, since I run the budget. I know a lot of time goes into getting the music cataloged and put into the system and working with dee-jays on getting shows scheduled, etc. But I think they have fun too.
Why is college radio so important?
It’s a training ground for future professionals. But also, it’s probably one of the few places on radio that is not overly programmed, where dee-jays can play what they want and not be told because of commercial considerations. It’s a place to hear music that you can hear nowhere else.
What is the history of KLCR? And how has it changed?
I believe the station was started in the 1970s and was originally called KLOR. It changed to KLCR in the 1980s. It used to have more consistent programming, including news. Due to staffing and equipment inadequacies it has had a mixed history in the last ten years or so.