Vinylthon 2017 – Recap

One of the coolest things about college radio is the ability to try new things at the drop of a hat.  KSDB tried a new thing this year, participating in Vinylthon 2017, and it was a wild success!  This is the second year for Vinylthon, which coincides with Record Store Day.  The event is put on by the College Radio Foundation, the same people make College Radio Day happen each year.  Participating stations are encouraged to play at least one hour of vinyl, and some went 24 hours this year.  KSDB was among the 14 or so stations that went 24 hours.  Since we like going above and beyond, and apparently don’t like even numbers, we did 27 hours, starting at 9 p.m. on Friday the 21st, and finishing at 11:59ish on Saturday the 22nd.

I have to say, the sound quality was unmatched.  The pure analog sound of vinyl running through an analog console, analog audio processing, and a nice wide FM signal was unparalleled.  Those 27 hours were pure joy to listen to, including the miscues and sheer random song selection as well as the conversation on the air.  It was wonderful to get comments and phone calls throughout the day thanking us for the music, and my favorite part was the fact that our awesome DJs kept the station on all night and I never got a panicked phone call!  Also, nothing beats waking up to the 1812 overture followed by the Beatles!

By: James Copeland

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