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Senior disc jockies say goodbye to CSU-Pueblo

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My time at Rev 89

After two years of being a part of Rev 89, the time has come for me to move on in to the real world and see what the future has in store.

Photo by April Styles, courtesy of Rev 89.

The last two years have definitely been memorable with a lot of great memories that will last a lifetime.

Throughout my time at the Rev, I have done almost everything. I have worked live remotes, Drivetime, Friday night football and was the sports director in charge of the sport show, “Rev 89 Sportslive.”

I have also been a part of many remotes where the community was heavily involved. One of these that will always stick out is when we had our Easter egg hunt in April.

Before then, I had never seen so many people gathered around for something like that in Pueblo. It was also cool to be the Easter bunny and put huge smiles on everyone’s faces.           

Our paintball tournament was another fun experience. It was the first time I had ever taken part in an organized tournament. Although my team did not do so well, it was fun to go out and compete against other teams that play paintball on a regular basis.

The thing I am going to miss the most is the interaction I had with all the listeners and all the people I got to meet working there. I had such a blast entertaining people on the radio, and I have grown to become really close with a lot of different people who have worked for the station.          

But all good things must come to an end, and with my time at the Rev about to be up, my goals are to find a job and be successful in life.

Jenna leaves huge mark

Photo by April Styles, courtesy of Rev 89.

Jenna Smith may be one of the most positive and upbeat individuals to have ever worked at Rev 89.

During her time at Rev, Smith, a 23 year old mass communications major, has done many things for the station, including news, Drivetime, live remotes and sideline reporting for high school football games.

However, when it came to what she enjoyed the most about being at Rev, one thing stood out more than the others to her, which was just being on air and making friends, Smith said.

While being part of the Rev 89 crew, Smith made many great memories, but one memory will always stick out to here more than any other.

“The time I went to the Canon Game and had the incident with the sideline reporting,” she said.

This was in reference to the first time Smith had done sideline reporting and was not used to listening herself right after she had said it on the microphone, which student manager John Dalton and station manager Mike Atencio got a good laugh out of.

Smith started working at Rev 89 in January 2010, however, all good things must come to an end and after two years with the station, Smith will be graduating college and effectively ending her college career.

Even though Smith will be graduating, she will always remember her time at Rev 89.

“I will definitely miss all of my friends and being a part of the radio,” Smith said.

Smith has a promising future and will be receiving her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in public relations.

“I am looking forward to graduation in May and hope to find a job soon,” Smith said.

The mother of Rev 89

Nicole Grams may be older than most of the people working at Rev 89, but age has nothing to do with it when it comes to her passion for the radio station.

Photo by April Styles, courtesy of Rev 89.

Grams, 36, is a mass communications major who also worked for Rev back in 1994 and 95 when it was known as KTSC Radio. After taking a hiatus from the university, she returned to radio in the spring of 2010.

The experience she gained from working in radio helped Grams along the way. It also helped her work with some of the younger staff.

“It was good working here in the past,” Grams said. “I had knowledge of the way things worked before and also had to learn the automatic systems.”

While working at Rev, Grams took part in a lot of things including the morning show, the talk show and several live remotes. She has made many great memories, but one will always stick out in her mind, she said, but one memory will always stand out to her.

“I can have my senior shift everyday with my mp3 player, but sharing music with Pueblo is my favorite part,” Grams said.

When she leaves the university’s radio station, she will leave her mark on the radio station and its staff.

“I liked the Easter egg hunt,” Grams said. “It was good to see the community come out and support each other and enjoy meeting the Rev DJ’s.”

Even though Grams has had many great memories being a part of Rev 89, she has a bright future ahead of her with two options on what she can do once she graduates in May.

“I hope to get a job in radio or go back and get my master,” she said.

The leader of university radio

Photo by April Styles, courtesy of Rev 89.

Throughout the history of Rev 89 it is debatable if anyone has done more for the station than John Dalton.

Dalton, 33, mass communications major, may be older than most of the staff but to fully understand his commitment to Rev, one must look at the situation he has balancing his time for the radio and his kids.

For Dalton, who has five kids, being a part of Rev and taking care of his children was not an easy task and it brought many challenges to him over the years.

“It was very hard,” Dalton said. “Everyone knew my kids and I would have to take my kids to the radio station sometimes.”

Despite this, Dalton did a lot for the radio station. From the time he started in the fall of 2008, he has worked on live remotes, drivetime, the retro hour, Friday night football, the talk show and was the student manager starting in the summer of 2010.

While Dalton was doing all of these things he was having a lot of fun doing it, he said, but if you were to ask him what his favorite memory was he doesn’t necessarily have one.

“It was a culmination of things,” Dalton said. “The live broadcasts were fun, interacting with the crowd and having wet t-shirt contests on Pueblo Boulevard were a blast.”

During Dalton’s tenure as student manager he helped get Rev involved with the community in many ways, including having an Easter egg hunt and a paintball tournament.

When Dalton looks back at his time at Rev 89, there will be a few things that will stand out to him, he said.

“The friends that I’ve made and being on-air were a blast,” Dalton said. “I have a big ego on-air and I need to fuel my ego on-air.”

Now that Dalton is a college graduate, there are two goals that he has in mind.

“To get a good job is one possibility,” Dalton said. “There’s also a possibility of me going back to school and get my masters and teach.”