On the air

KBGA and college radio survive in new media world

Michael Beall/ Montana Kaimin

Feb 2, 2011

Clark Grant steps into the KBGA studio and pulls a CD from one of the shelves. Hundreds of albums wrap around the studio from nearly every genre imaginable. He adjusts his headphones, pulls down the volume on the soundboard and leans into the microphone.

“In the background you are listening to Margaret Noble, her new album called ‘Frakture.’ This is definitely programming you will never hear on other stations,” says Grant, KBGA’s student general manager.

He may be broadcasting to an invisible audience, but he knows someone’s listening somewhere. This week marks The University of Montana student radio station’s annual RadioThon fundraiser, where DJs and staff members are looking to raise $14,000 to aid their programming budget. The yearly, weeklong event gives DJs a chance to reach out to listeners for support.


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