Alumni Board

Here's what some former 91X/KXUL (previously KNLU) folks are doing now. Don't forget to add your information to our Alumni Wall!

(The most recent entry appears at the top of the page.)
Date: May 18, 2017
Name:
NKenya Jordan
City:
Kansas City
State:
MO
Current Employer:
Current Position:
Financial Contract Analyst
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
2000-2002
Email:
Comments:
These were the days. I remember finding this station randomly one night during a thunderstorm and the special way I propped-up my radio in my window sill. There was Scoot who has ended up being my best friend of the past 17 years. Those crazy Maroon kids worked there, too. I went on to work at Opus Broadcasting, a little cajun station in Larose, LA...volunteering with Josh and the Adventure Club in Dallas and now I live in Kansas City. Idon't do radio anymore, but some of my burlesque numbers have been to classics I remember dancing to in that studio. AND RUSTY!!! I'll never forget Rusty kicking in that door. That's my favorite memory of him! And Willer always making sure we weren't goofing off in the studio...I always went over at the end of the hour because I couldn't say no to requests!!! I love this place and have so many great memories.
Date: May 17, 2017
Name:
Albert Roethlisberger
City:
Sanford
State:
NC
Current Employer:
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Current Position:
Chief Information Security Officer
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
1990
Email:
Comments:
I don't remember the exact dates that I volunteered at 88.7 KNLU, but it had to be circa 1990 based upon the music and the history of the station. I DJ'd for at least two regular semesters and perhaps over the summerbreak, so my time at KNLU was a year or a bit longer. During that time I worked only one shift, which had to be the least popular shift that I recall no one else wanted, 10pm to 1am every Saturday. As you can imagine, this was not the ideal time socially for a college student to be locked away for the night, and it also meant I basically never saw any of the other KNLU staff! But that late night shift offered me a somewhat unique perspective of working entirely alone and being responsible for all station tests, operation and transmitter shutdown, leaving me with no other sounds than the music and the AP teletype and the dim light of the studio's ginger jar lamp. And although I was not a Radio, TV & Film major, I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering my time, which for me seemed like a personal listening session of the latest college alternative music in my own darkened studio. I still have fond memories of the early computerized playlists printed out on barely readable continuous dot matrix paper, the KNLU "lounge", a definitely analog board, the "so dead they should be buried" album library full of great older music that I always worked into rotation much to the chagrin of the student programming manager, and the transition from records and carts to early Denon CD players that overheated and skipped at the slightest provocation. And while walking the darkened hallways of Stubbs alone at midnight, hearing the music echo from the lounge monitors; I knew that no matter how isolated and alone it seemed I was, there were hundreds or maybe thousands of listeners out there sharing the music. It was a great time for me, a great time for music, and who knows, maybe someone out there even remembers my goofball "radio police" recurring bit or the occasional accidental hit "Dead Air, by Silence"! I hope the station still offers these opportunities for students to learn, have fun and make some great memories! I know I did!
Date: April 10, 2017
Name:
Tom Watson
City:
Madison
State:
MS
Current Employer:
C.H. Robinson
Current Position:
Sales
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
1977-1980
Email:
Comments:
Date: July 20, 2014
Name:
Carolyn Newsom
City:
Studio City
State:
CA
Current Employer:
KNAC.com
Current Position:
Air Personality
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
1984-1987
Email:
Comments:
I got my start in radio by wandering into a KNLU staff meeting oh so long ago. Went on to work at KNOE AM/FM for a couple of years before becoming "Diana DeVille" and moving to Los Angeles. I worked for Hot 97 in Lancaster, KRAB in Bakersfield before landing at KNAC.com. My fond memories are of Joel Willer chiding me for saying I was "fixin' to do something"...LOL
Date: March 6, 2013
Name:
Kenneth Taylor
City:
Lorikeet
State:
Florida
Current Employer:
Dept. of Navy
Current Position:
Firefighter/Paramedic
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
1986/87
Email:
Comments:
I worked back when it was KNLU. Joel Willer was there. Great times. I am looking into HAM radio and working with my son who is in Boy Scouts and interested in obtaining his Radio Merit Badge. I still have my FCC license issued back in 4 April 1986.
Date: January 15, 2013
Name:
Mike Downhour
City:
Monroe
State:
Louisiana
Current Employer:
Opus Broadcasting
Current Position:
President/GM
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
81 - 85
Email:
Comments:
Seems like forever ago we were doing the "Saturday Night Six Pack" featuring Rush, Zeppelin, Steve Miller, Pink Floyd,Uriah Heep, Van Halen...etc. I also remember being in thecontrol room in Brown during a direct lightning strike. NEVER have I seen that kind of a light show!
Date: January 15, 2013
Name:
John Gusky
City:
Austin
State:
Texas
Current Employer:
KVUE TV
Current Position:
Dep. Dir. of Miscellaneous Activity
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
84 - 86
Email:
Comments:
Boogie, Chillens
Date: January 14, 2013
Name:
Matt Allen
City:
Lafayette
State:
Louisiana
Current Employer:
Allen Entertainment
Current Position:
Owner/Dj
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
84 - late 80's
Email:
Comments:
KNLU...great times, great staff (students and teachers). Thanks for the memories :)
Date: October 18, 2012
Name:
Doug Anderson
City:
Nederland
State:
Colorado
Current Employer:
Anderson Carpet and Flooring
Current Position:
Owner
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
85 - 87
Email:
Comments:
We had some fun back then at the station. I was more concerned about the music, and what not, than my broadcasting skills. Did a stint on the WEBN broadcast workshop in Cincinnati from 88-90. They would put us on at 4 am. I have thought about revamping my broadcasting career lately. One night at the old station I had one of my infamous gatherings and we got rowdy, cranking up some DIO really loud, and an NLU Police Officer opened the door and I was standing on top of the mgrs. desk banging my head and going wild. The older gentleman, a real nice guy as I remember, looked at me wide-eyed, turned while shaking his head and politely closed the door behind him and left.
Date: August 7, 2012
Name:
Al Roethlisberger
City:
Sanford
State:
North Carolina
Current Employer:
NCDOT
Current Position:
IT Manager Network Services
When did you work at 91X/KXUL?:
1989-1990
Email:
Comments:
Wow, it is hard to believe so much time has passed, and in some ways it only seems like a handful of years ago. I think I was actually one of the few KNLU staff that was not a radio-television-film major, and I only worked the Saturday night late shift until sign-off, which I recall was from 10pm to 1am. During my college years I typically worked graveyard shift jobs, so with that combination and my KNLU shift I actually seldom saw anyone else on the KNLU staff except for whoever I was relieving or at the rare staff meetings at the beginning and end of the semester. But I really had a great time working there and learned a lot about broadcasting. I was exposed to a lot of new music and always had an interest in audio electronics, etc so it was just a general blast. ...except for those darned early generation Denon CD carts that would overheat and just refuse to play another CD! Hah. And it was sometimes a little creepy and moody being in the darkened studio and building all by myself around midnight, only lit with an old lamp some past DJ had left and the AP teletype buzzing in the next room, but I never felt totally alone playing music and talking to my listeners. There were the occasional "dead air featuring silence" moments and times when I went off the reservation and worked in a little Monty Python, some B-side not on the heavy-rotation list, or my own made up trivia contest ...."What famous actor's brother sings, 'No Myth'" ....but it was all in good fun. Some from this era may remember my awful "radio police" bits. What can I say, I was 21 years old. At least the staff gave me a squirt gun and certificate at our close of the semester staff meeting in commemoration! And who remembers the "lounge" next to the studio, decorated in all its glory with worn out couches and plastered with ratty band posters and promo material? I placed a Depeche Mode "fan" I brought back from the Violator tour in there, only to have it disappear. Ah well. And what about the "so dead they should be buried" record stacks? There actually were some great treasures in those shelves ideal for spinning at nearly 1am in the morning. Great memories.

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