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Coog Radio revamps staff, sounds


Senior in political science and psychology Khalid Alsomali is a Coog Radio DJ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Coog Radio is a student run radio station that broadcasts from the second floor of the University Center. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

Senior in political science and psychology Khalid Alsomali is a Coog Radio DJ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Coog Radio is a student run radio station that broadcasts from the second floor of the University Center. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

Coog Radio, UH’s non-profit, student-run radio station, was founded in fall 2011 by Conner 
Clifton, Markley Rogers and Matt Womack.

The station offers more than 30 shows per week broadcasted by 40 DJs. Officially 1-year-old this fall, the station has prepared to celebrate with new material for airplay.

“This semester, students will definitely hear more from Coog Radio,” said Joyce
 Lin, the PR and Marketing Director.

“We’re planning on collaborating with different organizations like (Student Video Network) and UH sports. 
The station is also celebrating its one-year anniversary this fall — it’s going to be on
 September 20 at Mango’s, and we’re going to have a couple of local bands.”

Since its debut, the station has been featured in Rice University’s student newspaper, The Rice Thresher, and in Study Breaks magazine.

Though Coog Radio does not offer any paid positions, it does offer experience 
to students interested in the communications field. The station centers around variety 
programming, which provides something interesting for every listener and
 prospective DJ.

“Fat Tony was one of our DJs, and he had a pretty big following. Same with
 Aimee Rivas and her show “Pulse,” which was big with the (electronic dance music) crowd in Houston,”
 said Music Director Alex Segura.

Coog Radio does not shut down during summer either, as the station is always 
online. According to Station Director Clinton Blankenship, 17 shows
 were added over the summer and there are seven more debuting this fall.

“We are on 24/7/365, including leap year,” Blankenship said. “Right now, we are 
only live while the UC is open, but we are playing music all day, every day.”

Though Coog Radio is a campus organization, it is not limited to UH. Coog Radio participated in Free Press Summer Festival in June and was also 
honored as Best Music Blog by Houston Press.

Becoming a DJ with Coog Radio can provide not only experience with radio
 technology but also with the entertainment industry; however, the application process
 must be completed first.

“Applicants are required to submit a show concept, a 15-song playlist and a top-five 
song and musician list. Based on that, we choose those who stand out to us for a face-
to-face interview,” Lin said. “We are looking for people who have a personality that can
 be memorable to our listeners.”

Blankenship said Coog Radio aims to be a unique radio station.

“Someone once sent us an application that had nothing but Drake as their set 
list. That’s not going to get you hired. Our general rule is we do not play mainstream 
music that has been on terrestrial radio during the last five years.”

Segura believes that Coog Radio serves as a way of keeping UH students
 connected.

“Radio has the power to bring us together and rejoice in the human experience,” 
Segura said. “It has the power to really bring our school together and fulfill this promise
 we made, and Coog Radio will be there when it’s met.”

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