By Rikki Yanez
Assistant Web Content Manager
In honor of College Radio Day, held on October 5th, Che Salgado talks about his experience DJ-ing for his specialty show, Classics, on KTSW Radio.
College Radio Day is a national holiday that’s celebrated all across the country. According to Sami Dugdale, Program Director at KTSW, College Radio day is a day dedicated to gain more listeners and to bring awareness to how much hard work gets put into a college radio station. KTSW is doing a 24-hour broadcast with DJs on-air, Studio Cs and ticket giveaways.
Che Salgado has been a part of KTSW since the summer of 2016, where he first started in the Music department. As of last spring, Salgado had moved over to the Programming department. Since then, he has moved his way up to a DJ hosting his own specialty show called the Classics.
Classics airs at 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays. Salgado’s show is based on the music he explored with his parent’s when he was younger, which included artists such as The Who, The Clash and Neil Young.
Salgado became motivated to become a DJ when he first started in the Music department. He thought it was a “pretty cool” job being able to sort through and pick the music that would air on the radio. However, Salgado knew once he became a DJ, that he wanted to supersede that and play music that interested him, “I knew I wanted to come in playing the classics.”
According to Dugdale, Salgado’s proposal of creating a show that played classic-music was a unique idea since the station had only ever had hip-hop and indie specialty shows. “It’s been a while since we had a classic rock show and he wanted to bring a genre that we haven’t seen in a while,” Dugdale said.
Salgado now holds an assistant position where he provides critiques to the other host of the specialty shows, and let him or her know how they can improve. Dugdale said, “I really appreciate it, because I don’t always have the time to listen to everybody all the time.”
According to Salgado, being a part of a college radio station seemed like something he always planned on doing. Salgado had an interview lined up for him his freshman year for the program department; however, he ended up sleeping through the meeting.
“I was really mad about that,” Salgado said, “I got on the music staff next semester and thought, ‘I should try and be a DJ still’ and now here I am.”