Alum Spotlight: Kari Bingham-Gutierrez

KSDB is showing off our amazing alumni! This week it is our past Website Manager, Kari Bingham-Gutierrez. If you are an alum and would like an alum spotlight, you can email with the responses below.

Name: Kari Bingham-Gutierrez
Twitter: @BinghamKari

Position at KSDB/name of show (if applicable):

When I was part of the staff I was the Website Manager. As for shows, I was one third of The Garage/Classroom Series, cohost of the Movie Madhouse, and hosted an alternative music hour.

Years at the station:

I started in the summer of 2014 and ended in July of 2015. I was only on staff from January-July 2015.

How did you get involved with KSDB?

Since I moved to Manhattan in 2011 to attend K-State, I listened to 91.9. I was unaware that I could also be on the radio until I a few friends joined the station. They encouraged me to take the class. I’m so glad that I took the summer class. There were less people enrolled so I got to know the staff and other DJs a lot better. It wasn’t nearly as intimidating as being in a classroom full of people.

Favorite part about the station/favorite memory?
WANKE SQUAT! Just kidding; that was an inside joke.

I loved being a part of the local music we had/hosted at the station. You don’t alway get an opportunity to interact with the bands you play on rotation. The Garage and The Classroom Series opened up this great relationship between us and the bands. However, the best thing I did was join Willy Evans on the Movie Madhouse. I’ve always loved movies so talking about movies for an hour ever week was fantastic. We still carry on a movie podcast to this day (Only Film Geeks Left Alive).

What are you doing now?

In May I will be graduating from Emporia State University with my Masters of Library Science with a concentration in archival studies. I currently work as a Graduate Assistant in the Archives and as a Page at the Emporia Public Library.

What have you learned from working with KSDB? How does that helped you with your current job?

Since working at 91.9 I’ve gained more of a voice. In my job I need to be vocal and interact with patrons and other staff members. 91.9 got me out of my own head and less worried about always saying the right thing. My music and movie taste has also improved a ton, but that only helps with my personal life.

What advice would you give to the current staff/DJs?
Don’t be afraid. I’m super shy so being on air was terrifying to me. However, after a semester or so that fear (mostly) disappeared. I will say that cohosting shows really helped me to open up. Also, participate in events as much as possible. You’ll get a lot more out of the whole radio experience.

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