By Karlee Lewis

Michael Dolzer; Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and School of Media Arts & Design; Senior; General Manager

How long have you been at the station and what do you currently do?

I have been a talk host since my first semester freshman year and, now that I am a senior, I am general manager, which means I oversee all operations.

How did you first find out about the station?

Student org night, I knew that there was a radio station here and I had always wanted to be on radio growing up.

What have you taken from the experience?

Just in general, being a part of the radio was a good growing experience because it’s something that I’d never have gotten to do otherwise. It’s something that a lot of people never get to do, be on the radio. In terms of being general manager, it was helpful to get the leadership experience on this type of platform while working with the beautiful and creative minds that make up WXJM.  

Do you plan on staying in the industry once you graduate or, in particular, using the experiences you’ve gotten from here?

I would like to do something involving broadcast, so this is a good ground for that, whether it be radio or podcasts or TV or something, who knows. All of it could work out or none of it could, but I will definitely be using these experiences for the rest of my life.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Mary Dobis; Public Policy Administration; Senior; Business Manager

How long have you been at the station and how did you find out about it?

I have been involved now for a year. I got into it last fall semester, of my junior year. I went to the barbecue and thought ‘I’ve wanted to do this forever, but never gotten the chance,’ so I got trained immediately and just started subbing.

What is your current position and what does it involve?

I am the Business Manager and it mainly involves anything to do anything that has to do with the budget. I’m really just a liaison between the university and the station regarding financial decisions.

What have you gotten out of your experiences of being involved?

I have gotten a lot, a lot that I thought I would, coming in, that I would know more about but I’ve gotten a lot more that I wouldn’t have foreseen. Being with the station has given me such an appreciation for independent music and the work that people go through to be played. The radio station is such a collaborative effort of people who do this really awesome thing, and I try to translate that to everything that I am involved in.

How do you plan on using these experience post-graduation and do you want to stay in the industry?

I don’t know if I want to stay in the industry. I would love to be involved in some type of radio, but what I really think I’m going to use are the financial management skills.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Bikash Adhikari; Computer Science; Senior; Programming Director

How long have you been involved with the station?

I found out about the station the spring of my freshman year, so I signed up for training, came to events, and got my own show fall of my sophomore year.

What is your current position and what do you do?

Currently, I am the Programming Director, which is basically part of the Big 3 and I am responsible for managing the shows and DJs, essentially working the DJ board and making sure they’re trained, have show times, and I’m responsible for signing them up. I also keep track of points to do assignments for the next semester. Another thing that I haven’t been doing but I’m going to try to push for next semester is show reviews, so, having DJs record their shows so I can give them feedback on that.

What have you taken from these experiences?

I feel like I have a place here. I’m busy with other things, like ROTC, but I am able to pop in at any time, tune it at any time. It just always feels like a presence, it’s here, whenever I want to get back into it or connect with similar people.

Do you plan on staying in the industry?

No, I do not plan on being involved in the broadcasting. It’s interesting to do on the side, but I hope to be doing things for the Air Force, ideally.

 

Second Line:

Brendan Callan; English; Senior; DJ Board

How long have you been at the station?

This is my fourth year.

What do you do?

I am on the DJ Board and I train new DJs, we go over how to use the automation system, and that includes when to speak between songs, announce local events, and weather. We also talk about which artists are appropriate to be played.

How did you find out about the station?

My freshman year I was confused and a little distressed about making new friends or fitting in at JMU and once I met some people a couple weeks into my first year ... I learned that they were involved at the station and that’s how I got into it.

What have you taken from your experiences at the station?

Oh, so much! My college experience would be way more boring and less fulfilling if I hadn’t have joined WXJM. I have learned things that would benefit me professionally and I’ve met so many friends that I wouldn’t have before. I’ve also learned about networking and meeting people and putting yourself out there, because within the station, chances are that someone will be able to help you with what you need and you might even be able to help them in return.

How do you plan on using these things after you graduate?

I definitely want to stay in the industry and my experiences will probably be firsthand help because I want to be a professional musician. I have helped with WXJM Live, helped people get themselves out there, and hosted shows at my house, which are all things I think will help.

 

Delaney Keefe; Political Science and Pre-Law; Junior; DJ Board

What is your position at the station?

My position is DJ Board so I train people coming into the station, I tell them how to work the system and which rules are associated with it, and they can call me if they’re nervous or have any questions and I kind of guide them through their first few shows.

What brought you to the station?

I have known about the station since last year when I got here. I found out about it through Jack Hales when he invited me to a meeting around December 2016. I came to the meeting and really loved it, and I love the people especially … then I joined and originally had a really terrible time slot.

What have you gotten out of your experience?

The majority of my friends at school I have gotten through this. Experience in media and confidence in myself … I have also become more political and, hosting Dame Theory especially, inspired me to get into Pre-Law like I am now.

Do you plan on using any of this after you graduate?

I think Dame Theory has influenced my career aspirations ... I think it is information that I will take with me. As DJ board I have become more social and it makes people feel heard which is important.

 

Stevie Lethbridge; Computer Science, Senior; DJ Board

How long have you been involved at the station?

I have been involved since my first semester freshman year, so since fall 2014.

How did you find out about it?

I found out because a friend that I had brought me to a house show.

Throughout your years at the station what have you gotten from your experience?

It’s definitely helped me to meet people and make connections, which is something that the music industry really works off of. I think it’s helped my planning skills a little bit because having a scheduled show every week you kind of have to put work into it.

What are your plans to use this after graduation?

I’m hoping to find a job that combines the music industry and computer science … and it definitely exists, I just have to find it.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Jack Hales; International Affairs; Senior; Big Events

How long have you been involved?

Since my freshman year.

How did you find out about the station?

I found it because I met Erica [Lashley] and she was interested in radio and we got to check out the station and got invited to a few house shows. I saw a few bands that ended up at the station or ended up being played so that was really cool to have that connection.

Can you go more into what you do?

Yeah, Big Events is planning shows that WXJM has a budget for, for special events. We bring people who are on rotation, usually, and bands that have been played and people have listened to for their shows. We used to do it at the Golden Pony but now we’re trying for the black box at the Forbes Center.

What have you taken from your experience?

It’s been really cool to see people at all sorts of levels of success and fame. Especially seeing bands that I heard about through WXJM come and play a house show and interact with them as an artist, it’s just something so cool about the DIY industry.

Do you plan on staying in the industry after you graduate?

I don’t know if I’m going to stay in radio, but I do really like doing booking. I don’t do it very often here, but it’s nice getting the hang of it … I would love to be a touring musician and stay involved in the scene like this.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Ethan Wilson; Music Industry; Senior; Big Events

How long have you been involved?

Since freshman year, yeah, I got involved a couple of weeks after FROG week. I met someone in one of my music classes and they told me about the station.

What is your current position and what does it involve?

I’m Big Events so we organize and book and plan a big show every semester basically. We email bands, write contracts, and give them money.

What have you taken from your experiences?

It’s been really cool to be involved in an organizations that’s, like, not self-sufficient, but run by students because I’ve never been involved at anything else at JMU, besides this. It’s cool to be part of the inner workings and see how it’s changing, since it is completely different than it was three years ago.

Do you plan on staying in the industry after you graduate or using these experiences in other ways?

I plan on staying in the music industry. I want to do more booking and planning shows, since I’ve learned a lot about talking to people and how things work regarding that.

 

Emily Olivier; SMAD; Senior; Publicity

How long have you been involved?

I’ve been involved since the fall of my freshman year.

What is your current position and what does it involve?

I am on Publicity and Public Outreach. We plan events for the station … we try to get new members involved and just increase involvement overall.

How did you find out about the station?

My roommate and I got involved together our freshman year because someone who lived in our hall had an older sister who had been involved so he kind of introduced it to us.

What have you taken from your experiences?

I’ve just gotten exposed to a lot of really awesome music that I probably wouldn’t have found on my own otherwise. I’ve also gotten the chance to meet a lot of passionate and really creative people.

Do you plan on staying in the industry after you graduate?

Yeah, that would be cool. I have always thought it would be cool to work for NPR or something like that. I definitely want to stay in a creative type of field and journalism overlaps with a lot of the stuff we do.

 

Atika Chadha; Graphic Design; Senior; Publicity

How long have you been involved at the station?

Since 2014, actually, so December 2014 when I was a freshman.

What is your position, currently?

I’m Publicity, so, we organize events that will get as many people as possible to come to WXJM. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of socializing.

How did you find out about the station?

I met someone and they were on the DJ Board so we did a show together and I got involved myself.

What have you taken from this?

I’ve definitely learned a lot about radio and the publishing aspect of it. I did web last year so publishing content online and I’ve learned a lot about interviewing bands, which is a lot of fun. As for the social aspect of planning events, I’ve learned how to handle that stress and make sure it’s a safe environment for everyone.

Based on the things you’ve learned, do you plan to use them after graduation?

Yeah, definitely. I don’t know how interested I am in the music industry, but the artistic and photojournalism side of it is all really interesting to me.

 

Ingrid Basheda; SMAD; Junior; Publicity

How long have you been at the station?

I technically joined my second semester of my sophomore year but I didn’t really get involved until this semester, and I’m part of the Publicity team.

How did you initially find out about the station?

I remember learning, in my SMAD 101 class, about radio, and I thought ‘Oh, I wonder if JMU has a radio station,’ so I looked more into that. That was my freshman year and I didn’t really think more about it until my sophomore year.

You said that you’re on the Publicity team, can you elaborate more on that?

Yeah! I guess I wanted to be more involved so I applied for it because I thought I was qualified. We kind of just organize events and make flyers, things like that. It’s really fun just to be involved in things like that.

What have you learned or taken from your experiences?

My music taste has expanded so much. I love having a set time during the week to just sit at the station with my co-hosts and play music. Also the technical side of radio, with the controls and machines, learning that has been an awesome experience.

Do you plan on staying in the industry or using these skills somewhere else?

Well, I’m already in media, so I don’t know if I’ll stay in radio, but I’m also minoring in music industry. Getting involved in the radio and the industry will all help with that, hopefully.

 

 

By Karlee Lewis

Wren Snyder; Graphic Design; Senior; Music Database Management

What is your position and what do you do?

I’m the music database manager. We make sure that all of the music has the correct metadata and tags so that Gandalf, the computer system, can detect and play them. Sometimes albums will upload and the song titles will be wrong so we have to fix that. We also have to remove songs that have been marked as bad, such as songs with cuss words.

What originally brought you to the station and how long have you been here?

Judy Hong, a former Dame Theory director and producer, got me into it. That was in fall 2015. Towards the end of the semester, my roommate and I had our own show called “The Lonely Arts Club” where we just played whatever we wanted because it was a freeform show.

What have you gotten from your experience?

A bunch of friends and something to do.

Do you plan on staying in the industry?

I don’t know, I don’t have concrete plans but I’m sure I can apply my experiences in whatever I do.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Erica Lashley; Economics; Senior; Independent Directors

How long have you been involved at the station?

Since freshman year. Before I came to JMU, I was doing research about which clubs I’d like to do, and then I came across WXJM at student org night. I started subbing that first semester and got my own show the second semester.

What is your current position and what does it involve?

I am one of the indie music directors. I work with 6-8 promoters that send me new music every week. I have to then listen to it, put it into the database, and make sure it’s available for our DJs.

What have you taken from your experiences?

Well I’ve learned a lot about how to be a good DJ, even though I don’t think that I’m amazing yet, it’s really nice to be able to practice. It’s also been a really good exercise on how to talk to people on the phone.

Do you plan on staying in the industry or applying these experiences elsewhere?

I definitely plan on staying in the industry. I’m thinking about trying to get an internship or a job with one of the promoters that I work with, actually. Yeah, I definitely want to stay in the industry, maybe not radio specifically, but anything related to promotion.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Graham Schiltz; WRTC; Sophomore; Independent Director

How long have you been involved at the station?

I have been involved since I got to JMU. I sought them out and found them on Facebook.

What is your current position and what does it entail?

I am Indie Music Director. Promoters basically send us music and we have to go through it, listen to it, and give it to everyone to play on their shows.

What have you taken from your experiences since you’ve been here?

It’s just really cool to work with so many other people who love music. I came at a time when we weren’t on air so it’s been really cool to see the changes its gone through and to see it go back on air.

Do you plan on staying in the industry after you graduate?

I would like to go into the music industry using the connections that I’ve gotten from here.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Heather Eckstine; SMAD; Junior; Loud Rock Director

What do you do here at the station and how long have you been here?

I started last fall and I am currently a DJ and Loud Rock Music Director.

Do you plan on doing anything once you graduate that is still in the industry?

I actually want to do radio, as a profession, so this is a good grasp on what it’s like.

What have you taken from this experience at the station?

How it actually works. I didn’t think it was a complex as it is, but it is, it’s really complex. Especially being a music director now, I realize there’s a lot that goes into it that I wasn’t expecting!

 

By Karlee Lewis

Aaron Carroll; SMAD; Senior; Hip-Hop Director

How long have you been involved with the station?

About a year now. I started about last October doing a RPM show with Delaney [Keefe].

How did you first find out about it?

I first found out about it probably before I even came to JMU. I’ve always been interested in radio, like as a career, so when I was applying to colleges I was looking to see which ones had student-run radio stations.

What is your current position and what does it involve?

I am the Hip-Hop Director, meaning I’m basically responsible for getting all the new hip-hop music to the station. I’ve also been working with some other organizations to try and get more local hip-hop artists to the station. For the most part, I’m just responsible for making sure that the station gets new music for airplay.

What have you gained from your experience?

I have gotten a few things. Ironically, I’ve kind of learned more professional skills. As a director, I’ve learned how to have more professional conduct when talking to promoters, things like that. It’s also kind of a leadership type of experience because I’m a director, I kind of look over the other DJs.

How do you plan on using this after you graduate?

It’s all kind of in the air right now. I actually worked at a radio station over the summer … and coming out of that I realized that it might not be the best thing to do, not forever anyway.

 

 

Anna Lee Goocher; English; Senior; Local Director

How long have you been involved at the station?

I had a show last year, but during my freshman and sophomore year I didn’t but I was more involved in the DIY music scene. All of my friends were in radio and I came to events, and even subbed for shows, I just never had my own until last year.

What do you do now?

I am the Local Director. For me, it’s booking shows at my house. It’s not so much directly related to the station, but it’s still related to the scene. For example, I had three shows in one week and organizing that and cleaning up is really important to me and I love doing it. In terms of contacting local artists, we want to do some sort of local artist of the month and do a blurb about them and their role in the interview.

How did you get involved to begin with?

Freshman year, I met Jack Hales and Erica Lashley on Facebook, before we even got to campus. She had already been in contact with the GM at the time and we all got involved.

What have you gotten from your experiences?

It’s been so much more of a community to me than anything else. A lot of us found the radio and other people who love the same music and we find a lot of comfort in each other. When we were all worried about WXJM possibly not being a thing anymore, I thought ‘Well, where is this community going to be for all of these people?’

Do you plan to stay in the industry after you graduate?

I’m not really sure because I’ve been booking shows at my house… and that’s really cool… but I’m not really sure. I’d be into doing music journalism, like interviewing bands, because I would like to be writing.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Kate Dodson; SMAD; Junior; Local Director

How long have you been involved at the station?

I joined radio my freshman year, which was around 2013 but I dropped out for a year.

What is your current position?

I am the Local Director … we want to make a list and get in touch with local artists and ask them to send us MP3s of their music for us to play.

How did you get involved or find out about the station?

I met a couple friends in some of my classes and they took me to house shows and drove me to their radio meetings.

What have you taken from your experience?

I like that it’s like a home base for the community. You can kind of trace ties back to here; it’s just to have a JMU run organization that deals with the local music scene and makes it seem legitimate.

When you graduate, do you planning on staying in the industry or using these experiences in other ways?

Yeah, I really like how comfortable and non-threatening radio is. Since I’m doing stuff with film in my major, I would like to be a cameraman, or something like that, in the industry.

 

Drake Gwyn; SMAD; Senior; Talk Director

How long have you been at the station and what do you do?

I have been at the station since my freshman year and now I am the talk director.

Can you tell me more about that?

I am responsible for making sure that all of the talk content is within the FCC guidelines and regulations … I am also in charge of making sure that everyone makes rough show notes each week just so we can keep track of that and be able to submit it.

How did you get into the station?

I went to one of my friends shows, just to sit in.  

What have you taken from your experience?

I’ve learned a lot about … being able to organize multiple people and, like, how to make a schedule. I’ve also learned about making interesting content because it’s not always about what I like but about what you like or what the people listen to, as well.

Do you plan on using any of this experience after you graduate?

I’m going to do something with talk shows or with film, so, that’s the dream.

 

Quinn Smith; Economics; Junior; Social Media Manager

How long have you been at the station and what do you currently do?

I joined the station, I think, last December, so I’ve been here for around a year now. I am currently the Social Media Manager, which means I do all the social media posts like Facebook, Twitter, stuff like that.

How did you first find out about the station?

My friend Heather [Eckstine] introduced me to the station and I got a show. It’s been great.

What have you gotten out of your experience since you’ve been involved?

I’ve gotten a lot of new friends, a lot of new music; I feel more connected with the music scene. I go out a lot more, it’s something that gets me out of the house to go to shows and go to my show.

After you graduate, do you plan on staying in the industry?

As a music industry minor, I would say yes. But as an economics major, I don’t know. I hope to get into business artist management. I’ve been talking to local artists about booking shows, which are some connections that WXJM has given me. I don’t plan on going into radio, but who knows.

 

Emma Korynta; SMAD; Senior; Web Team

How long have you been at the station?

I joined WXJM my freshman year and got my first show my sophomore year.

What do you do now?

I have an indie show and I am also on the Web Team.

How did you find out about the station?

My co-host of all 4 years, Bikash, heard about it at an organization fair and told us all about it. I was definitely interested and joined right then.

What have you taken from your experiences?

I’ve learned the value of diversity and inclusivity. I’ve also just gotten a lot better music taste.

Based on the things you’ve learned, do you plan on using any of those after you graduate?

Oh, most definitely. I am very interested in journalism so I’m definitely going to be involved with that. I love radio, though, so whether or not I’m broadcasted, I’d definitely still love to be involved in the music scene.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Julia Nelson; Public Administration; Graduate Student; Web Team

How long have you been at the station?

This is my first year, actually, that I’ve had my own show. I’ve guested on shows before but this is the first time I’ve had my own.

What is your position?

I am one of the two web editors so I manage the interns and website.

How did you find out about the station?

I knew about the station, just from being at JMU, but I’m friends with Mike [Dolzer] and we’ve worked together at The Breeze and he thought that maybe I would be interested in this position.

What have you taken from your experience since you’ve been here?

I’ve gotten to know a lot more about local artists and the DIY community since I wasn’t involved in that before. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of students that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Just from having a talk show, my show is political, I’ve had to keep up with current events.

How do you plan on using these experiences after you graduate?

I probably am not going to stay in media, radio, or journalism, since I’m getting my M.P.A. so I want to get involved in a non-profit or work for the government. WXJM is kind of involved with stuff like that anyway, so I’ve learned from that. Just the website management and working with a small staff is something that I can take anywhere.

 

Katie Feinberg; SMAD; Senior; Creative Director

How long have you been involved at the station?

Since freshman year.

How did you find out about it?

A kid on my hall freshman year was really into it because he had older siblings that were involved, so he introduced us to it. I saw that it was a cool community and saw that it was different from the other things I had been to at JMU. My roommate and I had a talk show our freshman year at the only space available. The rest is history.

What is your current position?

I am Creative Director this year, so I’m in charge of creating PSAs for local non-profits. We script them, talk to the non-profits and make sure to include them in our shows. I also host WXJM live on Thursdays.

What have you learned or taken from this experience?

I really like the open-mindedness of this community. Everyone is super accepting of who you are and what you like. Everyone is also super into social justice issues so that kind of stresses the importance to me.  

How do you plan on using these experiences after you graduate?

Well, as a SMAD major, I would love to do something with media. I’m not exactly sure what, but I’ve been looking at a couple of music companies and I think it would be cool to find some bands that haven’t gotten a lot of attention and be able to kind of bring them to the forefront.

 

Matthew Rucker; SMAD; Senior; Technical Director

Can you tell me about your job at the station?

My current position at the station is Technical Director.

How did you initially hear about the station?

I first found out about the station from Erica Lashley, another second line member, who graduated high school a year before I did and told me all about the station.

What have you learned from your experiences?

I have learned a lot about working with bands and running sound on air by working at WXJM.

Do you plan to stay in the industry after graduation?

Post-grad, I am aiming to work in the music industry in Los Angeles. I have a keen interest in music for film and commercial use.

 

By Karlee Lewis

Kyle Sandhoff; Math & SMAD; Senior; Video Editor

How long have you been involved at the station?

Three years, I think.

How did you find out about it?

My buddy Kevin Painter. I also really liked the house shows and stuff so that’s how I got involved.

What is your current position and what does it involve?

I am the Video Editor for WXJM live. What I do is annoy everyone on Thursday nights by pointing a camera in their face, and then I usually edit the videos on Saturday.

What have you gotten from your experience since you’ve been here?

I’ve made a lot of friends. It’s taught me how media works. It’s given me a sense of community, in a way. In terms of production, and what it takes to put on a show every week, it’s really cool to come in and actually try to put on something of higher value. It’s given me a lot of good ideas and opportunities for things I’d like to do. I’d have no reason to use my camera if it weren’t for Live every week.

Do you plan to stay in the industry after you graduate?

If they give me a job, yeah! It could be sick to stay in the industry. I would not mind to be a radio host or even a producer. I’d also like to work in podcasts. I’d also love to be a videographer or video editor for a big station or some documentary one day.

 

Contact:

Big 3

Mike Dolzer - General Manager - wxjmgm@gmail.com

Mary Dobis - Business Manager - wxjmbm@gmail.com

Bikash Adhikari  - Programming Director - wxjmpd@gmail.com

 

DJ Board

Brendan Callan, Delaney Keefe and Stevie Lethbridge

Big Events

Jack Hales and Ethan Wilson wxjmshows@gmail.com

Publicity

Emily Olivier, Atika Chadha and Ingrid Basheda wxjmpublicityoutreach@gmail.com 

Music Database Manager 

Wren Snyder wxjmmusicdatabase@gmail.com 

Independent Directors

Erica Lashley and Graham Schiltz wxjmindependent@gmail.com

Loud Rock Director
Heather Eckstine wxjmloudrock@gmail.com 

Hip-Hop Director
Aaron Carroll urbanrpmwxjm@gmail.com 

Local Directors
Anna Lee Goocher and Kate Dodson - localwxjm@gmail.com 

RPM Director
Kevin Painter urbanrpmwxjm@gmail.com

Talk Director
Drake Gwyn wxjmtalk@gmail.com

Social Media Manager
Quinn Smith wxjmsocialmedia@gmail.com 

Website Team
Emma Korynta and Julia Nelson wxjmweb@gmail.com 

Creative Director
Katie Feinberg

Technical Director
Matthew Rucker - wxjmtech@gmail.com 

Video Editor
Kyle Sandhoff wxjmvideo@gmail.com 

Website Interns

Tessa Lawrence, Cecily Thomas, Matt Callahan, Becca Roithmayr, Rolando Segovia, Logan Chaudoin