Developments in UAB’s Blaze Radio
Posted on Jan 29, 2013 in Features
Albert Pride, a DJ for Blaze Radio, plays jazz tracks in his weekly show. Tune in this Friday afternoon for his first airing of a sports talk show. Head to BlazeRadio.org for more information and Dj’s, showtimes and to listen. Daniel Twieg/Photo Editor[/caption]Blaze Radio is a student run and operated internet radio station located on UAB’s campus, and it is an official part of the Student Media office. Blaze Radio is a 24/7 radio station that is always playing music for UAB’s students to enjoy.
Blaze Radio’s studio is located in the HUC right next to Barnes and Nobles. It is equipped with microphones, CD players, computers, and a studio board that helps the station run efficiently. When there are no DJs present, an automatic playlist program called Mega Seg keeps the music going.
All of these elements come together to form the technical aspects of the Blaze Radio studio. The radio is broadcasted on the internet through a program called Nicecast. All a student has to do is go to blazeradio.org and click the live button or download the app from the Apple market.
There are several DJs for the studio and all play their own style of music. From R&B to Metal and Christian to Jazz, each DJ is unique and brings something new to the table for students to enjoy. DJ’s have their own shows that are about one to two hours long. Each DJ gets the show time best for them and their schedule.
One DJ is Mrs. Kayla Gladney or DJ KayDee. She plays Hip Hop and R&B music from artists: Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Usher, and many more. Kayla Gladney’s show is every Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m.
Josh Flayhart, another DJ and lead tech for Blaze Radio, brings in his own style by playing Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop. He designed the Blaze Radio website and continuously improves and updates it. His show is on Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aside from doing radio shows, DJs may also get involved in the mobile broadcasting of different events. In the previous semester, two events were broadcasted over Blaze Radio or shown on a live stream. These opportunities are always available and encouraged for DJs to get involved with.
People interested in joining Blaze Radio and becoming a DJ can come to HUC 135 and fill out an application. Once the application is submitted, a DJ will contact you to do a 30 minute audition show for you to showcase your style and personality. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and open to anyone interested in becoming a DJ. There is more information for people interested in a DJ position on blazeradio.org, under the about tab.
When getting ready for an audition show, you need about 30 minutes worth of music. Bring what you want to play and not what you think others want to hear. For the purpose of the audition, you do not need to know what your show will be called or what your DJ name will be.
Before the audition, you will have a short training session on how to operate the studio equipment. During the audition, all you have to do is be yourself and play your music. Once the audition process is over, your show time is determined and you can begin to do your show.
As the numbers of DJs grow, Student Media plans to expand Blaze Radio to make it easier for students to listen. Within the near future, Blaze Radio will no longer be located in the HUC, due to the building being demolished. The new location will be in the shopping center where the Pita Stop is also located–by the UAB Highlands hospital.
Once moved to this new location, Blaze Radio will offer an audio and video broadcast so that people can see what is going on in the studio. Along with the video, individual radio shows will be recorded and archived, so anyone can go to the website and watch past shows.
Blaze Radio is always open to anyone who is interested or may have ideas of how to reach more students at UAB.