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KXUA 2017 Vision Update: Changes Subtle And Not So Subtle

In case you haven't seen our last post about it, we've been in the process of making some improvements here at the station. We've completed our first goal by joining Spinitron.com, which greatly improves both the listener experience and makes our work behind the scenes easier. But there's some other things we've tweaked that we'd like to share.

To begin, we've made it to where you can see the current Spinitron playlist immediately under the web players on the KXUA website. It's a little simple, but we're proud of it. More excitingly, we've made it to where if you're listening with the TuneIn app on your mobile or its website, you can see what song is playing live. This is thanks to Spinitron as well!

For our Shoutcast stream, which last year began to see less wide browser support due to its reliance on Flash for the web player, will be updated in the hopefully near future. If all goes to plan, that stream should be working better across the board and also have the music data that TuneIn is already carrying. This had been a previously overlooked part of our modernization efforts, but we thankfully now know how to approach it. We'll keep you posted.

We're also making some behind-the-scenes changes. With our automation system, we've reworked it to focus more on our new and best music from our rotation rather than being more heavily from the catalog. We've done this with care to ensure to have a good balance between our rotation and having a large variety from our whole catalog. Additionally, we've changed our rotation to have 25 discs rather than 30 from our heavy and medium rotations so that albums don't linger for too long. We'll continue to tweak rotation in the future, including some genre-specific additions.

 

As always, if you have any feedback, cat photos, complaints, praise, etc, you can reach us at kxua@uark.edu.

KXUA 88.3 FM Giveaway Rules

As festival season approaches we here at KXUA want to share with our listeners the gift that keeps on giving... FESTIVAL TICKETS! Distributing such goodies to our loyal listeners requires a set of rules set in place to ensure all callers understand how our ticket giveaways work and how you are able to win!

  1. Starting at the designated hour pre-planned by the current host all ticket giveaways will be done by  testing callers via trivia question. The host will ask a series of fun trivia questions concerning the festival and or concert.
  2. Callers are limited to one call-in per show and will be allowed one chance to answer a lineup/concert trivia question. If answered correctly participants will have their name entered into the drawing for the designated giveaway.

Our hotline number is as follows: (479) 575-5883

3. At the last 10 minutes on the hour KXUA will draw winners by random and winners will be contacted with further info regarding pickup times.  All tickets must be picked up in PERSON at the KXUA office in the student union.

A657 Arkansas Union 

NO  KXUA DJ former/present or relative to a currently employed DJ is  allowed to participate in station giveaways. KXUA is all about creating an equal platform for it's listeners to participate with all fairness. 

*Our current ticket giveaway to the BUKU Music + Art project in New Orleans, LA  will be taking place both February 11 and February 18 2017 from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Winners will receive a 2-day general admission pass for both days of the selected festival. 

 

New Music This Week: Week of February 7

This week's new rotation adds are here.
HEAVY
Homeshake – Fresh Air
RIYL: Mild High Club, Ducktails, Mac Demarco, Toro y Moi 

MEDIUM
Justice – Woman
FOR FANS OF: Chromeo, Digitalism, Hot Chip, Boys Noize

Elbow – Little Fictions
FOR FANS OF: Nada Surf, British Sea Power, The National, Super Furry Animals
LIGHT
Hideout – So Many Hoops, So Little Time
RIYL: War on Drugs, Real Estate, Sonny & The Sunsets, Foxygen, Fresh & Onlys, Ducktails, Ariel Pink, Woods
Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel – When the Morning Greets You
(old album art)
All Them Witches – Sleeping Through the War
Jilted Lover – Prescriptions
 
St. Tropez – St. Tropez
The Menzingers – After the Party
RIYL: Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, Beach Slang, Joyce Manor, Rozwell Kid 
 
Strand of Oaks – Hard Love
 
SOHN – Rennen
 
Von Sell – Von Sell EP

KXUA’s Vision For 2017

A new year is here, and KXUA is fully embracing the opportunity to change and grow for the better. While we are still heavily focused on bringing you the best in music, we’ve done a bit of thinking and have decided to expand beyond your car radio.

You’ve likely already seen some of the results of our experimentation: We’ve introduced more journalistic programming like Newswave and Minority Report to our schedule, our latest selections are shared on Spotify, and there’s more tweeting than before. We’re pleased with the feedback that we’ve gotten, so now we’re going even further to better serve the University of Arkansas and the community at large.

Our first big change for the year is an exciting one: We’re joining Spinitron. This means that you can see on our website what’s playing live on the radio and stream and also have the ability to look back at previous shows and see the playlists. This has been a major request and we often get emails and calls asking what songs were playing, so we’re very excited to be bringing this to you. Our Spinitron playlists and live playlist will become publicly available in the coming weeks while we train our DJs to use it and fine tune a few things.

Second, we’re diving deeper into podcasting and news programs to help students and others learn and be active in the community. This means we’ll be working on producing more shows like Minority Report and Newswave to share with you, and we’ll also be looking to make these programs accessible on more services to make them easier than ever to listen to. You’ll see a progress report on these efforts here later on this semester.

 

Lastly, we’re opening up KXUA to people who would like to be involved with our station but aren’t keen on being on the air. If you want to do blogging, reviews, interviews, photography, whatever have you, we’re welcoming you on board. KXUA is here to be a creative outlet to help those at the University of Arkansas learn, share and experiment, no matter what you do. We’ll be putting out applications for this new creative team soon.
As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have something to share with us, you can email us at kxua@uark.edu, call our office at 479-575-4273, tweet/message us at KXUA on Twitter and Facebook, or just drop by our office in person. We look forward to hearing from you.

KXUA’s Top 5 Of 2016: Station Manager Lucas Coberly

It looks like it's finally my turn! But we're still not done yet. We'll have at least one more top music article soon enough. -Ed. 

2016 marked my first anniversary with KXUA in October and my first semester as the station manager. It's been nothing short of exciting, and music has been even more present in my life than ever before. With that in mind, I'm glad to present my first albums of the year list.

  1. Mitski - Puberty 2

Mitski created the best album of 2016 without a doubt. Puberty 2 feels incredibly raw but carefully honed to perfection simultaneously. My favorite tracks from the album, "My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars" and "Your Best American Girl," have some of the absolute best lyrics  I've ever heard, and I don't think I could adequately do them justice in this review. I eagerly look forward more from Mitski in the future, and to catching up on her previous albums that I've missed.

2. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

This album passed mostly under my radar when it was originally released this past summer, admittedly eclipsed by Mitski's album released around the same time. Looking back, it was me that decided to put this album into rotation, describing it as "like smoking a Marlboro light." I'm not sure that I agree with my own previous assessment, but I can say that this album's sound and lyrics make me nostalgic for when I used to only listen to country music.

3. Michael Mayer - &

I think I speak for a lot of us at KXUA when I say that there's a great appeal to a clean electronic music album that's mostly instrumental. Michael Mayer's contribution this year with just that sort of album is greatly appreciated, especially so in a year where no other such album has lived up to expectations. "&," however it is pronounced (ampersand? or just and?) has become one of my go-to albums when I'm not sure what to listen to.

4. clipping. - Wriggle

I used to think of clipping. as "discount Death Grips" before this EP landed in our office this summer and proved me dead wrong. The title song, "Wriggle," was one of my favorites this year. The percussion sounds like it's punching your ears in the best way possible. Another favorite from this EP, "Shooter," features some of my favorite wordplay I've heard in 2016.

5. Animal Collective - Painting With

While I missed Animal Collective's show in Fayetteville at George's this past year, I'm glad I got into Animal Collective with this year's album "Painting With." When this album came out, our station manager at the time became frustrated that the first track, "Floridada," was being played so often, but I was partially responsible for that. Of the Animal Collective albums that I've listened to repeatedly so far, this is among my favorites.