KSDB Staff Spotlight: Nick Fief

NickName: Nick Fief
Twitter: @NicksFiefdom (and, check out the account for local music-focused specialty hour @Garage_KSDB.)
Position at KSDB: Music Director
Year in School: Senior
Major / Minor: Food Science and Industry
Hometown: Manhattan, KS

How’d you get involved with KSDB?
I spent a lot of hours listening to KSDB when I was in high school and as a freshman at K-State. I’ve always loved music and thought radio was a really great thing, especially student-run radio. I got involved my sophomore year when I found out anyone could enroll in MC 165, even College of Ag kids like me. From the start, I wanted to get more involved with music and Jordan Swoyer, the Music Director at the time, took me under his wing and showed me how college radio works.

What exactly does your job entail?
I am responsible for handling all music submissions the station receives (typically around 30-40 records per week). After listening through everything, five records are chosen to be reported as KSDB’s top 5 adds. I also gather data from our electronic automation system and from DJs on the top 30 records we are playing each week in order to report our weekly top 30 charts. Additionally, I am responsible for staying in touch with the promoters and record labels that service us the music we play in order to continue receiving music submissions each week. I coordinate the live music events including the shows and Classroom Series performances the station puts on by maintaining contact between local bands and venues. I also write album reviews for the website and update our local music library as often as possible.

Favorite part about your position? Or the station?
I have always enjoyed and also taken very seriously the task of choosing what music will be played on KSDB. It’s not an easy decision to make and I consider a large number of variables in order to keep the rotation as balanced and as educational as possible, including genres, artistic merit, and even gender of the artist/group. I strive to keep our rotation well rounded and current to the times.

What’s your biggest goal for the semester?
My biggest goal for this semester is to bring more quality live music to the city of Manhattan. I have heard complaints from too many people about not wanting to drive all the way to Lawrence or Kansas City just to see a good show. Manhattan has always been welcoming to country musicians, but I think there are a number of people here who would like to expand their musical horizons a little further than that. I want to bring those experiences to the people of Manhattan.

Give us 3 albums you’ve been vibing with lately.

Is-Butter-a-carb-2Three brothers from St. Joe, MO that know how to rock, Radkey – Dark Black Makeup. Long Beach rapper’s very promising debut, Vince Staples – Summertime ’06. And a throwback to 1994, Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand.

And, a guilty pleasure?
Quoting Mean Girls.

You can catch Nick on air Tuesday nights from 8-9pm and also Fridays at 4pm for his specialty show The Garage, featuring local acts from across the area as well as informed discussion on the local music scene.


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DJ Spotlight: Shawn Gelushia

Shawn is a DJ that has truly given his all to this station. While on-air you can hear the passion in his voice as he introduces his favorite artists. We wanted you to get to know a little bit more about Shawn, so we asked him a few questions.

1. What artists are you currently listening to and why?

I’m a really big country fan and am always listening to Reba McEntire because she is my inspiration and the songs she sings are like a story about how my life has been. I also like pop music–I like Lady Gaga and love her song Born This Way. I also listen to Shaina Twain, Faith Hill and Celine Dion.

2. Are you involved in any other campus or community organizations?

I’m the President of the LGBT and Allies group here at Kansas State University. Being in this group is really great. We are here to support each other and it’s a safe place to meet other LGBT students.

3. Why did you choose to come to K-State?

I chose to go to K-State to pursue my dream and to be the first one in my family to even go to college. I saw that Kansas State University had a really good program in Journalism and Mass Communications. At the age of 13 I dreamed about being a part of the Wildcat family. I’m also a student who has a learning disability so to have the chance to be a part of the Wildcat family is great. The first day I showed up for my campus visit, I learned about K-State and saw how every student and staff member is here to support you in your college years.

4. What is your favorite part about being a DJ at 91.9 KSDB?

It’s been a really great time working with KSDB. I am so glad that they have a student-run station for us students to get training in radio. We have such great stuff. I’m so happy that I’ve been part of 9.19 and had chance to shine and a chance to be part of something that could go a long way.

You can tune in and hear Shawn on 91.9 KSDB every Thursday from 10-11pm and Sunday from 9-10pm.

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Chvrches – Every Open Eye


“We will take the best parts of ourselves and make them gold,” is a quote from “Make Them Gold” by Chvrches; and that is exactly what they did with their new album, Every Open Eye. This Scotland-based electronic/pop group created something that many other bands will soon be trying to emulate: a hypnotic, smooth, and catchy sound that is able to blend an almost disco-like quality with today’s pop music. But great music is to be expected from a band that has opened for bands like Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club, and played in numerous festivals including Cochella and T in the Park.

This album is noticeably less angsty than their first full album, The Bones of What You Believe, but the quality of Every Open Eye equals or even surpasses its predecessor.  It starts out very upbeat, the electronic background seems heavily influenced by the Eurythmics, and lead singer Lauren Mayberry keeps a light and sometimes urgent tone to her voice. This brings attention to the vocals but doesn’t detract from the instrumental. The first few tracks on the album are very light-hearted and easy to dance to. The tone shifts halfway through the album, with the song “High Enough To Carry You Over”, which is the only song on the album completely sung by Martin Doherty, who does the synthesizers and samplers for the band. This song sounds like an 80s glam pop love song, with the lyrics “And I never would’ve given you up/If you only hadn’t given me up” repeated multiple times. It stands out from all the other songs on the album and is a great way to catch the listeners attention and prepare them for what comes next. The second half of the album is noticeably slower, which is different since most albums usually build in intensity, ending very loud and upbeat. The final song, “Bow Down”, really reflects the bands meaning; “No time to bow down, no time to kill, no justifying, staying down in silence”. Chvrches is continuing to establish themselves as a band, and they are demanding to be heard.

Every Open Eye makes me pose the question, what direction is pop music going next? With vocals that can rival many female pop singers, and a seemingly effortless blending of aspects in 80s music with today’s electronic and dance music, Chvrches is doing a great job experimenting with different types of music and bringing their sound to a wider audience. This Scottish band is quickly garnering a lot of attention, and they are definitely a group to look out for as they continue to expand the electronic/pop genre.

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World Series Preview – Game 1

Kendrys Morales celebrates with the KC fans after a Home Run.
Kendrys Morales celebrates with the KC fans after a Home Run.


Who would’ve thought? Back to back appearances to the World Series for the Kansas City Royals. The team that was only supposed to do a little bit of damage this year comes out and shows the world who is ready to fight. The Kansas City Royals finished the regular season with an AL best 95-67 record. Heading into the playoffs, there was a bit of nervousness for me and for fans. Let’s see how our team from KC got to the 2015 WS.


The Royals jousted with the Houston Astros and were put to the brink of elimination only to see a story book finish at what seemed to be the end in Game 4, scoring seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Then, to come back to Kauffman and take the series in Game 5 behind the ace, Johnny Cueto. The Royals would win the best of 5 series, 3-2.

Next, KC faced the highly talented Toronto Blue Jays. The team that had bats all throughout the lineup. The Royals defended home field and took games one and two at the K. In Toronto, with the new slow turf at the Rogers Centre, halted the Royals and were steamrolled by the Jays in Game 3. The Royals, then took care of business in Game 4, but then gave back up ground back to Jose Bautista’s Blue Jays in Game 5 with the 1-7 loss. Back in KC, with the crowd behind them, Ventura on the mound, the Royals came out strong. Ben Zobrist led the team with the first homerun of the day. Then, Mike Moustakas chimed in and hit the top of the fence in right field for a controversial homerun, 2-0 Royals. Then, Jose Bautista knocks a solo homerun in the top of the 4th on a 3-1 count. The Royals end up being up 3-1 in the top of the 8th but guess whose back up. Jose Bautista again, this time off Ryan Madson, the relief pitcher, who was put in instead of Wade Davis at that point. Then, Hosmer would get a base hit up the right field line to bat in Lorenzo Cain, all the way from first base. The Royals would then put in Wade Davis and you know what happens to other teams when he comes in. They are doomed. Wade Davis shut down Josh Donaldson on a ground call to Moose to lead the Royals to back-to-back World Series appearances. That is how the Royals got here.


The newcomer’s vs experience is the talk right now. For the New York Mets, they have Matt Harvey as their main man on the mound against the bats of the Royals. The Royals are hitting .271 this postseason, led by the bat of Alcides Escobar, the 6’1’’ shortstop is hitting .386. The Mets have steamrolled through the playoffs, beating the Dodgers in five games, then next to the Chicago Cubs. They swept the Cubs, 4-0 and have had plenty of days to rest. You can argue whether this is good or bad to have a good amount of rest. We don’t have to worry about the DH being out yet until games 3 and 4, which will be a huge blow to the Royals (yes fans it will be). Game one will be a good test. Will Murphy’s Mets come out swinging the bats against a thriving Edinson Volquez or will the Royals show how experience will take them through this series? The advantage by positions goes to the Royals in my opinion. You have a mix of hunger and redemption. Just like my hometown San Antonio Spurs lost the NBA Finals in 2013 to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, they came back and won the following year. The Royals are hungry. Look for Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer to lead the team and for players like Moose, Zobrist, Gordon and ALCS MVP Alcides Escobar to be the behind the scenes work horses in this series. I have the Royals, 4-2. Hopefully the Royals can Take The Crown.

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