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College Radio Daze: KLBJ’s CJ Morgan Owes it All to KTSW

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by Jimmy Preston
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CJ Morgan of KLBJ 93.7FM - Photo Courtesy of CJ Morgan
CJ Morgan of KLBJ 93.7FM – Photo Courtesy of CJ Morgan

With College Radio Day on Friday, it is important to look back at some of the reasons why KTSW 89.9FM has been so successful over the years. The is no doubt the faculty leadership steers the ship true, the student management rivals that of any commercial station, but what would the station be without the dedicated students turn the gears.

The most famous of the KTSW alumni, the one and only C.J. Morgan, can currently be heard on weekday nights from 7-12 on KLBJ 93.7FM in Austin, TX. Morgan worked for KTSW in the news department during his time at Texas State.

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As he was too busy at the time preparing for his appearance as a judge at the 2nd Annual Dog Beard and Mustache Competition to conduct a phone interview(I assume, I never asked), we sent him a few questions to better understand how radio shaped his life.
1. Radio?
Always wanted to be on air. I used to prank call DJs and record them and the songs as a kid.2. How did KTSW make you the man you are now?
Because they had mandatory meetings every Friday at 5:30. I was like, “F that, I’m a star, not going to some stupid meeting on a Friday at 5:30 – that’s for nerds – time to go drink.” Thanks to skipping those meetings and quitting KTSW, I realized truly talented people can do whatever they want and are above the rules. As far as I know, I am the most successful KTSW alum in the field of radio. Which isn’t saying much… but yea, screw meetings.3. Did you ever work at KTSW?
Yes, in the news department. I also had a morning show for two years at a 100,000 watt junior college station. I had to wake up every morning and power up the station at 6am. One time I got arrested for P.I. so the station was off air for three hours.4. Bikini Hill, am I right?
Nah. The goody girls hang out there. The ones you want to hang with go to the river.5. What would you say to a small child who dreams to be a radio person?
Just tape yourself playing video games instead and create a YouTube channel. Seriously, the most boring people make good money and are famous for doing that. People you would never want to see or hear on TV or radio actually make a living because of YouTube.

6. Can you get this done today, the deadline is 4:30pm?

Morgan has gained quite a following in Austin, and his years working up the ladder at KLBJ to an on-air shift have payed off with a dynamic, high-energy show every weeknight. Quite the Weinerman, Morgan is always accompanied by his dachshund companion, Miles. At nine years old, Miles has lost the ability to use his rear legs due to invertebral disc disease. Since his recovery, Morgan has used this tragedy to raise awareness to dachshund rescue.

All kidding aside, CJ Morgan has strong feelings about his time spent working in college radio. If you would like to follow in CJ’s footsteps, and join the KTSW team, applications open on October 5th.

Morgan said, “In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my college radio years I would not be here. It was one of the best things about going to school!”
College radio day is a celebration of the art that is college radio. It is a fertile playground where students can spread their wings, discover their abilities and where they fit in the medium. Make sure you listen to KTSW closely, as the next radio star may currently be on the air. You might even want to check out, or pay particular attention to a certain show(100 Proof Radio) on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 PM.

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