Today we had our big radio show. The Ds106 Power hour. It was a exciting, if nervous experience. The conception of which originally began with Klutch and I. But due to my absence on a specific Thursday leadership was put into the trusting hands of Lisa, who organized the Google doc and was the main host of the show. Almost everyone in the class had an input, especially in the planning process, deciding who was going to be the host for which segment, which segment would go first. Getting all that organized was a hassle because it was sort of confusing in terms of who was doing what and when. But after much deliberation there came a solid outline for the live show.
Another trail that had to be overcome was, well; How exactly we gonna stream this thing? Among other things like what mics will be used and what programs will be used to stream. Jason was in charge of that mam the engineer of the whole operation. Thanks to the Professor who helped us find a soundboard and mixer. Also helping solve the problem of how to operate said equipment to live stream audio. The show was becoming more and more real with each passing day. Mock setting up how the chairs and mics will be placed. Recording Liawah’s commercial breaks. Then the day finally hit, 9:00am, a mostly unexpired crew in live radio streaming.
The hostes’ were absolutely wonderful. The first segment was the Donkey of the day where Klutch and Melvin talked about ridiculous stories in popular culture and mocked celebrities. then there was the music discussion with Kewsi and Melvin in which they talked about music lyrics that meant something to them. In Melvin’s case he actually rapped a verse off of a song he wrote. And lastly there was the open discussion segment wherein Trone, Kwesi and I talked about the dangers and consequences of an internet without Net-Neutrality. And it really hit me…..what we were doing was pretty awesome. I mean, running a live radio show in a college class? That’s pretty exciting for a Tuesday.
But the real fun was in the atmosphere of the room, the class is usually toned in that tough lough we-all-hate-each other-but-not-really vibe with the students but today it was really warm and inviting and we got to see creative, deep, and energetic sides of everyone who spoke on the mic. Especially with Melvin and Klutch free-styling. Singing happy birthday to Jason at the very end was also pretty amusing. It was a really fun experience and A great way to end the semester. Only shame was that this moment of pure fun and education through experience was not recorded. Either way, I’m pretty sure it will exist in the memories of those who participated.