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    The folks at Radio 1190, broadcast from the basement of the University Memorial Center, lend their personalities to the station's weekly shows.



Touch that dial. Spin through the static and snippets of noise until you land on AM 1190. Good job. You are now listening to KVCU, the University of Colorado’s very own basement radio station. Keep listening, because this student-run station will expand your music horizons, sometimes broadcasting live performances. Here’s the scoop on 1190’s radio personalities.

ShadowHuman Hour

Hosted by Ryan Ruehlen and Ryan Wurst

10 to 11 a.m. Monday

ShadowHuman hour is a collaborative weekly show between Shadowtrash Tape Group and Always Human Tapes. Each week, the show rotates between featuring Shadowtrash tapes and releases from Always Human.

Always Human Tapes is a local tape group that specializes in left-leaning experimental dance music. When it is Ryan Wurst’s (from Always Human) week, you can expect head-bobbing dance tracks that will turn your morning commute into a dance throwdown.

Shadowtrash Tape Group emphasizes experimental audio art in their releases. Their catalogue varies from noisy cacophonies to found-sound symphonies. When Ryan Ruehlen from Shadowtrash is DJing, you don’t quite know what to expect — but you’re gonna like it.

Last March, the ShadowHuman crew did a 24-hour takeover of Radio 1190. They have big plans for the fall semester. Be sure to tune in and find out.


Hosted by Doug

6 to 7 p.m. Thursday

Absolute Vinyl owner Doug Gaddy hand-selects picks from his exotic collection of records for your listening pleasure every Thursday at 6 p.m. This is an especially great show if you are interested in musical history but don’t know where to begin. Doug always surprises with the most wonderful, weird albums. Call in to request a pick for next week or just chat. If you can stump Doug, you can stump anyone.

World and Jazz

Hosted by Aaron

2 to 4 p.m. Thursday

Aaron just stepped into the position of world and jazz music director. Every week, he’ll pick the best new world and jazz and stir up a groovy cocktail for your listening pleasure. Aaron has a background in jazz: He plays bass in CU’s basketball marching band and teaches jazz guitar lessons. Be sure to tune in to hear all of your old favorites coupled with new and exciting music from around the globe.


Hosted by Natalie

2 to 4 p.m. Friday

Natalie brings her own unique flavor to her rotation show. Positioned right before the Local Shakedown, Natalie DJs while local bands set up for in-studio performances. It’s a good thing Natalie can keep a level head in the hectic scene. She achieves nirvana by playing a bunch of exotic music from around the globe. In addition to regular rotation programming, Natalie loves to play music from Mali, Cuba and Japan. Some of her favorite artists are El Ten Eleven, Sonic Youth and Neko Case.

Morning Show

Hosted by Emilia

7 to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Emilia has an unmistakable charm when it comes to the morning show. Her adorable demeanor and great DJ picks are a perfect way to start your morning commute. For the fall semester, she wants the show to be consistent — a show that listeners can depend on for solid music and facts, with the occasional fun surprise. Emilia loves fun, dancy music with catchy melodies and groovy baselines. I promise your morning will be just a little bit better when you catch the morning show on KVCU.

Elijah Jarocki is Radio 1190’s music director. Read his “On Air Next” column every Thursday in the Daily, or online:

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