DJ Spotlight: Amy Pond

IMG_1138Our first DJ Spotlight is given to Amy Pond! Amy absolutely kills it on-air by bringing her bright personality to everything she does. We wanted you to get to know Amy and love her just as much as we do! To do that, we asked her to answer a few questions.

1) Why did you decide to get involved with KSDB?

I had a couple friends that were in radio and heard good things about it! I wanted to try radio before I graduate in December.

2) Tell us a little bit about your experience at KSDB 

This is my first time to have a show on the radio. It was very intimidating and scary at first, but I feel like it gets easier every time I am in the studio. I love the freedom of KSDB and being able to try new things!

3) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to have a job in video production or working for Disney.

4) Can you explain your vlog to us? When you started, why, your inspirations, etc. WE. LOVE. IT.

I created a YouTube channel in high school and vlogged my daily life. These videos have been put on private now because they are embarrassing but I since then have made 2 different YouTube channels. The Shaytards inspired me to start a YouTube channel. They vlogged their life for 6 years every single day!
I love the YouTube community and meeting new people! I went to VidCon this summer (a Youtube convention) and met so many awesome creators! YouTube is such a fun place to express yourself and create whatever you want!

(Check out her YouTube channel – amypuddles)

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 2.24.31 PM5) If you could meet any celebrity who would it be?

I wish I had someone inspirational for this… But honestly, I would love to meet Miranda Sings from YouTube. Her character is so unique and weird but every video makes me laugh so much.

6) What artists are you listening to right now?

This is a little strange, but I’m a big fan of A Capella music. Pentatonix recently released a new album so that has been on repeat in my car. I’ve also been listening to Tori Kelly and Taylor Swift.

– Amy Pond

Be sure to tune into 91.9 KSDB and listen to Amy every Wednesday from 11am-12pm!

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KSDB Staff Spotlight: Andrew Shores

Name: Andrew Shores
Twitter: @dinoshores
Position at KSDB: Program Director
Year in School: Senior
Major / Minor: Journalism, Digital Media
Hometown: Goodland, KS

How’d you get involved with KSDB?
I’ve been involved with radio since I was 14, it is something that stuck with me through adolescence all the way until adulthood. Now, radio is my passion. I was initially attracted to KSDB because it is a fantastic learning opportunity that also allows future broadcasters and non-broadcasters alike to try something new, or hone their skills in audio journalism.

What exactly does your job entail?
I spend most of my time communicating with DJs and show hosts about their on-air product. I schedule programming on a daily basis and determine what show, song, or commercial plays at what time.

Favorite part about your position? Or the station?
I really enjoy being able to work directly with DJs and show hosts to help them get better. Listening to people’s growth over the span of a semester is really satisfying. I love hearing a student put together a really great specialty show, because it shows they have invested time and effort into what they are doing.

What’s your biggest goal for the semester?
I would like to see more talk and news oriented programming on KSDB by the end of the semester.

Give us 3 albums or artists you’ve been vibing with lately.
Harmlessness – The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die
Milk – Better Off
Summertime 06 – Vince Staples

And, a guilty pleasure?
Deftones – Around the Fur

You can catch Andrew on air during his alternative shift Tuesdays at 1:00PM or during his specialty show Emo Rock Emo Talk, of which he’s currently hosting for the 3rd consecutive semester.

For any and all questions regarding 91.9’s on-air schedule, programming, or our DJ staff, feel free to reach out to Andrew at

Staff photography by Alexis Pultz [].

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Upcoming Classroom Series with CS Luxem


Photo Courtesy: Whatever Forever

KSDB is hosting ANOTHER Classroom Series! Join us on-air on October 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. as we bring you Lawrence local CS Luxem live from our McCain studios. The band has played all over the U.S., as well as Europe, and is making its way to Manhattan. With songs that range from experimental to psychedelic to folk-rock, you will not want to miss these interesting vibes. CS Luxem will go live at 7 p.m. and will later play at Aggie Station at 10 p.m with Varma Cross.

For more information about CS Luxem, check out the links below!

– CS Luxem Bandcamp 

– CS Luxem Facebook

For upcoming KSDB events, check out our events page here.

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Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

“False happiness is on the rise/ See the victims piled high!” These are the first words from “Why Does It Shake?” Protomartyr’s lead single off their latest release, The Agent Intellect, a perfect excerpt from the diabolical diary of Protomartyr’s discography. As a band highlighted for being one of Detroit’s most promising artists, Protomartyr has released three bruising records in the last four years, each more dark, urgent, and disturbing than the last. The story of Joey Casey is fascinating in and of itself. The frontman for this post-punk rock quartet is a decade older than the rest of his bandmates, at the ripe old age of 35. His age is worth noting, as most people in their mid 30s have long given up their bubble gum daydreams of starting a rock band, but not Casey. He needed an outlet, and Protomartyr would be that release for him.

ProtoProtomartyr has always had a way of telling a story on their albums. Their songs often depict fables in first or even third person perspectives of twisted tales, drawing tenebrous metaphors to real life, especially American suburbia. Of course, they are not the only ones to use suburban living as a vehicle to describe some of the darker sides of American society, but Protomartyr doesn’t pull any punches. They’ve never been known as a band to put things lightly. On The Agent Intellect, Protomartyr makes it very clear from the beginning that they have a pressing and purposefully despairing message. The first character introduced is the Devil himself, on “The Devil In His Youth.” It’s quite possibly the most disturbing and unsettling song on the record, which if you knew Protomartyr, you would understand why it is the leadoff track on this album. Casey’s drawn out wails are spit out with despairing urgency, “I’ll corrupt them ‘til they think the way I do!” and “You’ll hurt the way I do!” It is through these jolting, up-and-down lyrics that Casey pummels the listener into feeling what he feels and seeing what he sees. Post-punk has often been an outlet for musicians like Casey to bring out some pretty despairing things, but it is the way Casey and Protomartyr articulate themselves that stands out. His words are one thing, but the way he speaks and shouts more than sings them on songs like “Pontiac 87” draw listeners much as a storyteller draws young children to the fire for a scary story. Only the story in “Pontiac 87” is about real life anecdotes of despondency and abandonment. The Pope (John Paul II) had spoken in Pontiac, Michigan in 1987 and Casey recalls this momentous occasion with a perspective that probably wasn’t the common disposition of those who witnessed the event. Not surprisingly, Casey speaks to the negativity under the immaculateness of the circumstance. “That fall from grace knocked me on my knees/ Don’t tell anyone, it’s what I wanted,” Casey howls repetitively, then finishes with “There’s no use being sad about it/ What’s the point of crying about it?” The turning point in this tour de force is “Ellen,” the crown jewel of the record and quite possibly in all of Protomartyr’s discography. Love songs are not easily done well, as cliche acts of infatuation are commonplace in art, but Protomartyr surprises us all with this statuesque composition. It’s a heartfelt message from Casey’s father to his mother, Ellen. “I will wait for Ellen/ I’ll pass the time.” Casey had lost his father earlier to a heart attack and later his mother to the agony of Alzheimer’s while he was still working on The Agent Intellect. “Ellen” is a testament to his parents’ undying love as much as it is to the development of Protomartyr’s musicianship. On the final throes of Intellect, the story behind the namesake of the band, St. Stephen, is explored. “They can stone me ‘til I fall asleep/ The Feast of Stephen/ Yeah!” As the first recognized martyr of Christianity, St. Stephen is known as the “Protomartyr” and there are references to his day of commemoration, the Feast of St. Stephen (December 26th), throughout the record.

The Agent Intellect is huge in nature. It’s an album impossible to digest in one sitting, and an album to be respected for that reason. Protomartyr has made monumental steps in their musicianship, giving them an impressive magnetism over those who choose to listen to their records. Intellect flows from track to track with an ease and fluidity reminiscent of chapters turning by in a book. Yes, the songs seem to meld together as one which may sound like a criticism, but on this record and in the way it is executed, it is more of an achievement. There is something to be said for an album as whole and as dense as Intellect, especially coming from a band whose discography is still small. If the product from this fledgling post-punk group can be so much improved over three albums in four years, one can only hope for a bright future from this dismaying band. Despite the disparity in the message, Detroit has something to be proud of in Protomartyr.

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