Nearly 100 people showed up for KEOL’s annual open-house held on Jan. 30.
Those who attended toured the historic studio that was built in the 1920’s. They mingled with disc jockeys, underwriters, work study students and fans of the student run radio station.
KEOL’s Community Liaison, Mark Masterson said that their little building next to Pierce Library was built a year or two before Inlow Hall. Initially a private residence, Masterson said that EOU bought the building sometime in the 1930’s and generally rented it to professors.
Rumor had it that it was built for the President of EOU, but Masterson said that no EOU president has ever lived there.
KEOL moved into the building in 1991, but the artwork and graffiti on the walls and ceiling suggest that the radio station has been there longer. Every wall in every room has some kind of image, saying or band emblem except the recording studio.
Station Manager Rocky Gothard said that KEOL is a big entity that no one seems to know about, so the station has made a strong push to get out into the community this year.
Gothard said, “We now have 16 business partners ranging from La Grande all the way to Boise. Treefort (Boise music festival) just signed on this week as one of our partners, so that’s pretty neat.”
The radio station has more than 50 student contributors in the form of DJ’s, organizers, IT personnel and even a Social Media Coordinator, Maggie Hill.
The open house didn’t disrupt KEOL’s programming as The Love Show aired during the event. DJ Little Hawk hosts the show every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., pulling tracks from her iPod, studio vinyl and CDs. She said that she accepts requests and encourages guests on her show.
Rory Noble has the Friday night slot. The Papa Rory Radio Show airs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday and is side-titled The Classic Rock Extravaganza.
Noble said, “I kind of stick to stuff from the 60s, 70s and 80s but I throw stuff in from the 90s too. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. I do the 70s at 7 and feature an album, band or whatever from the decade.”
This year is 91.7 FM KEOL’s 40th anniversary, and Gothard has instilled a new motto for the student run station — “If we don’t take ourselves seriously, nobody else will.”
KEOL also had its first club meeting of 2013 on Feb. 2 and is always looking for members. Email them at email@example.com, tweet them @KEOLLaGrande, like them on Facebook, and give them a call at 541-962-3698 or just drop in to the studio.
The Voice staff plan on it. Listen for the editors crashing Papa Rory’s and possibly other shows soon.