Staff Spotlight: Sara Wallace

Sara’s cute cat, Otis.

Name: Sara Wallace
Twitter: @SaraWallacea007
Position at KSDB: Music Director
Year in School: Junior
Major/Minor: Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in Political Science
Hometown: Derby, KS

How did you get involved with KSDB?
My adviser recommended that I get involved with student media my freshman year. So I told her I was interested in doing radio just because it was the only media I hadn’t had experience with in high school. She then enrolled me in MC165, I fell in love, and the rest is history!

What exactly does your job entail?
As the music director I am responsible for talking to promoters and keeping up-to-date on new music so that our rotations stay current. I also help write music content like album and concert reviews. But mainly I listen to a ton of music.

Favorite part about your position? Or the station?
My favorite part about my position is that I get the opportunity to directly support local and on-the-rise artist by getting their music on air. I feel like that is the beauty of college radio, getting to have a non-commercial platform that is completely unfiltered to showcase these artist.

What’s your biggest goal for the semester?
Stay alive.

Give us 3 albums or artists you’ve been vibing with lately.
Noname’s, Telefone, is such an easy listen that is soul warming and perfectly consistent. I can listen to that album everyday and not get sick of it.

The Velvet Underground’s, Loaded, has been my oldies choice of liking lately. It has some of their best work on this album. You can really hear, in comparison to current music, that they were ahead of their time with this album. I’m glad to appreciate them now and give them the love they didn’t fully get but deserved in the late 60’s.

Summer Salt’s, Driving to Hawaii, has been my happy-go-lucky alternative choice lately. They just have a sound to them that encompasses that happy summer feeling that I always need while deep in the heart of the school year.

And, what is an interesting fact about you?
I’ve in the flesh been to the real life, legit, Abbey Road in London, and saw the Abbey Road studios. I all but kissed the ground.

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