KTAI FM to be Featured on mtvU

KTAI FM to be Featured on mtvU

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KTAI FM 91.1 “The One” records their introduction video for mtvU’s College Radio Countdown.

KTAI FM 91.1, the student-operated radio station at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will host mtvU’s College Radio Countdown, a music video countdown, on College Radio Day, October 2.
“Meghan Christensen, a producer at MTV contacted us,” KTAI FM program director Rami Garza said. “Everyone involved with the radio station is really excited.”
Garza said mtvU chose KTAI FM to host the music video countdown on College Radio Day because they won the Spirit of College Radio Day award last year.
According to mtvU.com, College Radio Countdown gives college radio stations across the country the opportunity to show their favorite videos on mtvU.
“We are supposed to choose ten songs that best represent our station and university,” promotions manager Danny Carranza said. “Because we have such a diverse station, we’re going to choose songs from all our formats to go into the countdown.”
This includes songs from rock, Top 40, and country.
Since the beginning of the fall semester, mtvU’s College Radio Countdown has chosen a college radio station each week to play ten songs that best represent them.
Garza said the station had a limited amount of time to produce a 40-second introduction video for the countdown.
“We didn’t have that much time because it airs during College Radio Day and it’s just around the corner,” Garza said. “Plus getting the entire DJ class in the same area at the same time to shoot the video was tough.”
Garza and Carranza found out that when working with a big entity like MTV things can be unpredictable.
“In the middle of our shoot, Meg [the producer from MTV] called me and said to stop recording because she had revisions and things to add to our script,” Garza said.
Despite minor bumps in the road, KTAI FM was able to finish their introduction video and send it off to MTV in New York City, and for Carranza, it is yet another accomplishment for the radio station.
“In the past two years KTAI FM has received a lot of recognition,” Carranza said. “This is yet another sign of the great work Rami, myself, and all the staff have put into KTAI FM.”
Both Garza and Carranza are excited to be able to say KTAI FM 91.1 “The One” will be known on an even larger scale.
“One of the benefits to being showcased on the countdown is being able to say ‘I was on national television,’” Carranza said.
MtvU is broadcast on more than 750 college and university campuses across the United States.
College Radio Countdown featuring KTAI FM will be broadcast on October 2 on mtvU and mtvU.com