The KSDB Make It Rain fundraiser is officially over after a long April full of successful events and great programming. The station raised $1,320 to purchase new software to keep 91.9 up to industry standard, if you haven’t donated yet head to https://www.gofundme.com/ksdbfm. KSDB also donated $100 to Ethiopia Reads. Let’s take a look back at the busy month to appreciate all the hard work.
Starting off in the beginning of April was KSDB’s Open House which coincided with Kansas State University’s Open House as well. Dozens of prospective students, alumni, and members of the K-State community visited the station on the third floor of McCain Auditorium and some even went live on air from our K-State Student Union satellite studio. This was followed by KSDB’s first ever Trivia Night. Twenty five trivia questions were read during the event with a dozen listeners calling in competing for a chance to win concert tickets.
A scavenger hunt occurred during the second week of April, listeners had to find golden records hidden throughout Manhattan to win concert tickets. Later that day was another KSDB Roundtable discussion over the concealed carry of firearms on Kansas college campuses. Representative Sydney Carlin and Senator Tom Hawk were live in studio along with K-State professor Philip Nel and graduate student Michael Reichenberger. Calling-in from Wichita were Representatives Blake Carpenter and John Whitmer.
The following week featured an on-air talent show during the Open Mic show in KSDB’s satellite studio in the K-State Union. Participants performed and showcased their talents live in the studio. Following that was another KSDB Radio Drama featuring “Arby’s Angels Pt. 2” and “Julius Caesar”. Both featured live actors, sound effects, and music and was put on with help from K-State’s On the Spot Improv group. KSDB’s first ever field day was held on Anderson Lawn at the end of the third week and featured games and lemonade for students to relax before finals. Rounding out that week KSDB participated in the nation-wide Vinylthon 2017 by playing nothing but vinyl over the air for 27 continuous hours. https://www.collegeradio.org/ awarded KSDB with the “Golden Slipmat Award” for the station’s contribution to Vinython 2017.
It’s also worth noting that throughout the month a trivia question was read at 3 pm after the daily news update, the first person to call into the station won tickets to local concerts. Also there were outstanding Classroom Series performances in KSDB’s McCain Auditorium studios. Bands from Kansas City, Lawrence, and Denver visited KSDB to perform a set live on-air for the listeners. La Guerre, Ryan Laetari, Gnarly Davidson, High Westhus, Tyto Alba, and Shortsweather all had fantastic performances.