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Help KCPR get a Woodie!

Anna Weltner

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- 1979 :  The onetime haunt of spoofster Weird Al, Cal Poly’s KCPR is one of 25 finalists for a College Radio Woodie Award. Pictured is Franklin Thomas in the station’s old studio. -  - PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY PEEK
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY PEEK
  • 1979 : The onetime haunt of spoofster Weird Al, Cal Poly’s KCPR is one of 25 finalists for a College Radio Woodie Award. Pictured is Franklin Thomas in the station’s old studio.

KCPR, that Bjork-free bastion of independent music for more than 40 years, has been voted one of the top 25 college radio stations in the United States. On Feb. 8, the station was announced as a finalist for the sixth annual mtvU 2011 College Radio Award, an honor bestowed on “the best college radio station out there; breaking the latest, emerging music and acting as pioneers in the industry,” according to mtvU, MTV Network’s media network for college students. 

According to KCPR General Manager Steven Ramsey, this is the first year the station has been in the running for a Woodie. Listeners can vote for the station until Feb. 15 at radiowoodie.ratemyprofessors.com.

Among the top 25 finalists are the University of Miami’s WVUM and the University of Puget Sound’s KUPS.

So why should you vote for KCPR?

“Because we’re local, we’re tied to Cal Poly, and we have such interesting programming,” Ramsey told New Times, referencing programs like Democracy Now, Free Speech Radio, and the station’s annual Shark Week, happening March 7 to 13.

The mtvU Woodie Awards are held at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival. The top 10 stations will be announced live on MTV, MTV2, and mtvU at midnight on Feb. 16. Then there will be another voting period to elect the top station from among the remaining finalists. Visit woodies.mtv.com for more information.

Since the news airs at midnight, shouldn’t there be a good old-fashioned KCPR dance party to coincide with the announcement? New Times wanted to know.

“I hadn’t thought about that,” admitted Ramsey. “That’s a really good idea, though!”

Vote for the top 10 college radio stations by Feb. 15 at radiowoodie.ratemyprofessors.com. For more on the Woodies, go to woodies.mtv.com. Tune into KCPR at 91.3 FM, listen online at kcpr.calpoly.edu, or get the latest updates from the station at Facebook.com/kcprradio.

Arts Editor Anna Weltner actually loves Bjork! Reach her at aweltner@newtimesslo.com. Anna, that is. Not Bjork.

 

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