Feature DJ: James Copeland

Copeland with his idol, Larry Hatteberg, who was a newscaster and photojournalist at KAKE-TV, channel 10 in Wichita for 51 years.

James Copeland, a freshman in Mass Communications, does not own a smart phone and uses a computer from 1983.

Copeland heard about the Wildcat 91.9 from Dr. Steve Smethers, and decided he wanted to be involved.

“I do a lot of engineering work with Vern Wirka, the chief operator and advisor. As anyone who’s been in the broadcast industry knows, something is always breaking, and Vern and I do a lot of fixing,” Copeland said. “I also come up with new ideas of how to accomplish specific engineering tasks to make our station better. In addition to my engineering work, I also have a DJ shift with Stephen Brunson. That’s the best part of the week!”

Copeland is also a part of the amateur radio club on campus.

“I’ve been a ham for several years. Both my parents have their licenses, and I think amateur radio is a great hobby to meet people from around the world and learn new things, from culture to electronics,” Copeland said. “I spend a lot of time at the club working on different projects, and am always looking to attract more people to the hobby. I want to continue the legacy of a great K-State club that’s been around for nearly 90 years.”

Copeland thinks that entertainment has become too self-centered, and likes the community that radio creates.

“Campus radio plugs you into the community and exposes you to new stuff. I’ve heard songs on KSDB that I would have never heard anywhere else, and I’ve shared some of these with my friends,” Copeland said. “One of my good friends said that I exposed him to a whole new genre of music just by sharing one song. That’s what radio is all about.”

One of Copeland’s favorite things is to play vinyl on the air.

“My favorite thing is playing vinyl on the air. Records and radio were made for each other,” Copeland said. “A close second would be our live studio performances. In a day and age when corporate radio is trying to do away with live anything, KSDB has set a strong standard with all the live stuff we do, from DJ shifts to specialty shows. I think that’s awesome and we need to keep it up.”

Copeland considers newspaper his first love, radio his second love, and TV his true love.

“I would like to work in the broadcast field, and am flexible, but I’ll probably lean more towards TV than radio, just because of its utter complexity. Having worked in

both fields, television is at least 10 times more complicated than radio,” Copeland said. “Probably more. I’d like to be working full-time in a broadcast facility as soon as possible. Then again, I work in one every day.”

By: Maria Penrod

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