Mohammed Alabdullah sat in a small room in the Student Union, and after hitting a few buttons, he was live on the internet.
Not many students know about K-ROO, UMKC’s very own student radio station. The station goes live over the web and is kept alive by students volunteering and running shows weekly.
“[My show is a] talk show and consists of two regular people,” said Alabdullah. “The topics we cover are usually positive and well thought by using personal stories. For example, there was a story where I got stuck in Saudi Arabia’s desert and another where I tipped a guy with a banana.”
Alabdullah’s show, Sweet Canal, ran on Wednesdays at 1 p.m last semester. During his show, Alabdullah spoke with passion and flowed seamlessly through topics with his co-host, Luke Kohl.
“K-ROO gave me the chance to start to make a radio show.. and the freedom to try one of my dreams,” said Alabdullah.
Sweet Canal was just one of the shows featured on K-ROO last semester. Each show is hosted by a UMKC student and can range from talk shows to music. K-ROO is always looking for new and aspiring talent to apply and encourages students to get creative with their shows.
K-ROO President Shae Perry has been with the radio station for over a year and is dedicated to pushing the station to new heights.
“K-ROO Radio is unique for many reasons, including offering experience and enhancing organization of thoughts and management skills,” said Perry. “As a college student, we all need more than just the grades to receive a job, and K-ROO offers that exact experience to set you apart.”
Perry has organized dozens of social events, ranging from small parties to game shows that go live on the air, all to help draw in new talent.
Perry even hosted her own radio show last semester on Fridays at 3 p.m. called The Shady Bunch.
“My immediate goal for K-ROO is to have monthly events and be relevant on campus,” said Perry. “My long-term goal would consist of having annual events that will continue once I graduate.”
When one of the station’s various weekly shows isn’t live, students can tune in and listen to a constant stream of some of the station’s archives. Since it was founded in 2013, K-ROO has accumulated over 750 individual show episodes, with new episodes added every week.
One look at K-ROO’s studio can come off as daunting, however. The tables have several microphones that all run into an audio board, and if someone is unfamiliar with radio equipment, they can easily get confused.
“It was less than hectic to learn,” said Alabdullah. “Understanding it was easy, and I got ahold of it really quick.”
The station also plans to have training sessions that students will take before going live, and a production guide will be located within the studio. This way, the station has a way to ease newcomers in, regardless of their experience.
“If you aspire to do radio, then do it,” said Perry. “You don’t have to start off serious to get involved in a field. Many of the students we have on air started as just a hobby. As time went on, they enjoyed it and wanted to do more and learn more. There is no pressure. Come and see if you like it. K-ROO Radio is here to experiment, and it operates at your pace.”
Check out K-ROO radio at k-roo.org.To pitch a show or find out more about joining K-ROO, email firstname.lastname@example.org.