We have some great KSDB alum that have gone on to do amazing things. We’d like to hilight that by doing alum spotlights. For our first alum spotlight, our previous production director, Tana Akers!
Name: Tana Akers
Years at the Station: 2014-2016
Position at KSDB/name of show (if applicable):
I was the production director for the 2015-2016 school year, where I recorded liners and filmed/edited the Classroom Series with help from my peers. I also co-hosted the New Music Tuesday show (and then the New Music Friday show) with my friend Jay Woofter.
How did you get involved with KSDB?
My friend Jay already had a show and it sounded super cool so I asked him if he’d co-host a show with me (I was too afraid to go on-air by myself).
Favorite part about the station/favorite memory?
The Classroom Series. Hands down. I loved being able to film and edit those and I miss doing them soooooo much.
What are you doing now?
I’m working with the video team at Advisors Excel in Topeka.
What have you learned from working with KSDB? How does that helped you with your current job?
I’ve learned that a lot of stuff can go wrong, but you learn from that, plan for it, and make something even better the next time. It made me more prepared for in-field stuff. I also got a lot of experience working with a lot of different people. It helps with my current job because it allowed me to learn hands on, ask questions, and try stuff out that I wouldn’t have gotten to from sitting in a classroom. KSDB is a place where people encourage you to be different and make something great.
What advice would you give to the current staff/DJs?
GET INVOLVED. I CAN NOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH. I LEARNED SO MUCH AND WAS ABLE TO GET A LOT OF REALLY GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR MY RESUME AND DEMO REEL. People like seeing that you’re involved with stuff. It shows that you are capable of doing more.