The crisp sounds coming from the speakers inside KXSC 1560 AM-Los Angeles, USC’s independent student-run radio station, are a true sign of the times.
With the opening of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center in summer 2010, the station’s 60 music disc jockeys and sports broadcasters moved into a state-of-the-art facility.
“We never thought that we would have a place like this to call our own,” said KXSC general manager Alex Yen. “Most of us were in awe the first time we saw it.”
Before moving into their modern location, the KXSC staff members had patrolled the airwaves in a small, one-story building on Childs Way for the previous 35 years.
Located next to Tommy’s Place and Traditions, KXSC’s change of address was more than a vote of confidence from the university. It was a promotion of student expression.
From the spacious office to the high-tech soundboard to the professional-quality microphones, KXSC offers USC students who are interested in music production or sports broadcasting an experience that is second to none on campus.
“The university has given us a space and resources that you won’t find anywhere else if you’re interested in music production or sports,” Yen said. “When you look at our upcoming schedule and the number of students who have joined our station in the last year, the growth speaks for itself.”
The love affair between the KXSC staff and its surroundings is still going strong, and several students currently hosting their own shows have voiced aspirations of one day being on the radio as professionals.
“In terms of amenities, we have everything here that a professional FM-licensed station would have,” Yen said. “The quality is remarkable. It’s very special for all of us to get an opportunity to work in a place like this, and I think everyone realizes that.”
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