Avid listeners of KSYM 90.1 FM probably know that the radio station finally made its much-anticipated move (about four months after originally intended) to a new studio on Monday, January 24. In what was surely a welcome development for staff members, the station hauled its gear from a cramped 5,000-square-foot house to San Antonio College's brand-new 30,000-square-foot center for radio, television, and film, and achieved the whole thing without a moment of dreaded radio silence.
As Hank Harrison, host of the "Hillbilly Hit Parade," recently noted on-air, such moves generally mean a great deal to DJs and very little to oblivious listeners. But in this case, the community benefits may be more tangible than increased leg-room for KSYM staffers. For instance, the station - for the first time in its history - will have a real band room for live performances. Up to this point, they've been making do by setting up live performers in the lobby of their house/studio.
The deeper implications for KSYM's programming are still to be determined. "We have a lot of ideas floating around - like maybe having news segments - but nothing set in stone," says Abra Schnur, one of the promotions directors for KSYM.
The relocation anticipated the station's annual fundraising push, with its 2005 Pledge Drive set for the week of March 28 through April 3. An estimated 40 guest DJs from the local community will take part in the fundraising effort. Schnur says the station's Pledge Drive goal is $50,000, a figure they are usually able to reach.
Local hard-rock band The Fifth Line honed its skills in its native Laredo for four years before settling in SA in 2003. During that time the group has gigged steadily (most recently at clubs such as the Sanctuary and Jack's Patio Bar & Grill), but currently finds itself sans drummer. Along those lines, the Fifth Line is actively searching for a new beatmaster, and it encourages serious, like-minded types to contact its members at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia