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Employee Newsletter October 10, 2005 : Vol. 30, No. 4

KJHK hosting 30th anniversary 'birthday crawl'

KJHK, KU's student-run radio station, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Three concerts and a lecture by Chuck D of Public Enemy highlight the schedule of events.

The station kicked off the "birthday crawl" celebration Sept. 27 with a concert by Mates of State, Danny Pound Band and Doris Henson at the Granada Theatre.

Upcoming events include: Oct. 15 – KJHK's 30th birthday

  • Oct. 19 - Chuck D. Lecture at 8 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
  • Oct. 20 - LCD Soundsystem and the Juan Maclean at the Granada Theatre.
  • Oct. 21 - "Plow the Fields," a free local show at the Bottleneck.

Chuck D, founder and frontman of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy, will be presenting a lecture titled "Race, Rap, & Reality."

Chuck D and Public Enemy were named one of the "50 greatest performers in rock & roll history" by Rolling Stone magazine in May 2004. He is lauded as one of rap's foremost intellectuals and for inspiring the genre of hip-hop to become "music with a message." In his lecture, he intends to address topics including racial issues, hip-hop culture, the music industry and the importance of independent, student-run radio.

Tickets for this event are $4 for students with a KUID or $6 for the public. Tickets may be picked up at the SUA Box Office on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union. To learn more about this event or any other SUA event, call the SUA Box Office at 864-SHOW or visit SUA Events or KJHK.

KJHK, a nonprofit, student-run radio station, began operating Oct. 15, 1975, from the lawn in front of Stauffer-Flint Hall on the KU campus. It is managed through the KU Memorial Union Corporation and has a nine-member advisory board consisting of individuals from the university and Lawrence communities. In 1994, it became the first college station to host a live, continuous broadcast signal over the Internet. The station is one of the few college operations in the nation to broadcast live 24 hours a day, year-round.

"KJHK's 30th birthday is a landmark event in college radio history," said Laura Watkins, live events director. "I think it's so important that we are celebrating 30 years, and that we've remained an award-winning, nonprofit, student-run station that continues to take risks in its programming choices. Because we have such a diverse audience, we thought it would be fitting to put together a bunch of different events to target different groups."

Copyright 2005, an official employee publication from the Office of University Relations.


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