By Brittany Anderson
Web Content Contributor
One of the many amazing aspects of KTSW is that it’s run by students, for students. It’s made up of 13 departments that work together to bring something unique to San Marcos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through underground music, sports coverage, local events, unique online content, fun social media and more.
But with an organization as large and varying as KTSW, a sense of passion and forward-thinking leadership has become the face of each department. It comes in the form of student workers: twenty-somethings who dedicate hours of their time and energy into creating important and lasting work for themselves, the station and the rest of the world.
One student worker in particular is responsible for supervising it all. Sami Dugdale is a junior at Texas State and has been station manager since the end of the 2019 spring semester. She’s been a part of KTSW for almost three years, originally starting out as a DJ in the programming department and writing for the blog.
“The biggest part of my job is the management of the different departments,” Dugdale said. “I oversee them and have team meetings with all the directors bi-weekly. So, it’s a lot of sitting in meetings and discussing what’s happening in all the different departments.”
Other aspects of her job aren’t so cut-and-dry, offering her a different perspective on her position outside of the daily grind at the station.
“I’m in charge of all the different music festival agreements that we have,” Dugdale said. “I’m also technically the student representative, so I’m considered the “president” of the organization. I go to meetings with other student officials across campus and represent KTSW.”
Being station manager comes with its learning curves— especially in an environment where college students are the ones in control— but Dugdale has navigated this terrain with an open mind.
“Sometimes I assume that everyone is as efficient about things as I try to be, but that’s not always the case,” Dugdale said with a smile. “I’ve had to learn how other people work, and how they use their skills.”
Even with the kind of strong-willed commitment her position takes, Dugdale finds something special here.
“I love working in the radio and music scene, but I think the people that I work with are my favorite part,” Dugdale said. “Just working with so many different kinds of people, especially the executives and the amazing volunteer staff this semester. We started out with, like, 200 people and everyone was super excited to get into the semester and start working.”
There’s no doubt that there’s a certain energy within the station. Between all the hours devoted to working tirelessly comes a loving and enthusiastic place to learn and grow from experience and opportunity— KTSW is just lucky to have someone like her to look up to through it all.
Featured image by Brittany Anderson.