April 12, 2011

Thank you, radio listeners (+5,000 podcast downloads!!), and goodbyes.

Thank You, Listeners

AirdriftSignals Music Magazine
First off I would like to say that my time here at UConn has been some of the best years of my life. Getting into radio programming here at WHUS happened almost by chance, as members from the station came to my Culture Of The College Media class to give a presentation on UConn’s radio station... I was hooked from my very first semester, and have been at the controls for Adrift In The Airwaves for over three years now.

Early on, Adrift started out as a very different show than it is now. I started off playing lots of psychedelic music, such as Pink Floyd and Animal Collective, and branched out into other genres of alternative rock and post-rock, such as Portugal. The Man or Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Since that time, my show has inevitably evolved and transformed as my musical interests shifted as well.

The springtime of 2009 was the first time that I was legitimately exposed to quality hip-hop music, as I started to get into the likes of MF DOOM, Common, Madlib, and Mos Def, and felt the need to start incorporating this into my show as well. I was also becoming more interested in electronic music, specifically that of Derek Vincent Smith, as his productions that he creates under the moniker of Pretty Lights baited me with their incredibly catchy hooks. I felt like my show was taking a turn to a more lively and energizing listening experience.

During the summer of 2010, I moved in to live with a few friends, including fellow DJ Daysix (producer name BEATGOSZIP), and that summer proved to change the nature of my radio show almost completely. Dubstep was the new music genre that I was exploring. After coming across this new form of music many times, it was this period that I lived the true life of a bass head. Going to DJ shows in West Hartford and throwing raves at our apartment only proved to me how fast this genre was catching on. I became hopelessly addicted to the earth-shattering bass.

Adrift In The Airwaves, as it is right now, incorporates all of these different forms of music, blending psychedelia with hip-hop beats, and electronica with dubstep. I am happy to announce that my radio podcast (which I started just over a year ago) has surpassed a whopping 5,000 downloads online! As of right now there are a total of 5,349 podcast downloads from all of you listeners! I could have never expected such a positive response to my show, which I have always put a lot of love into every week. I can only continue to work just as hard to deliver you loyal listeners the best music that I can.

Sadly, I will be retiring Adrift In The Airwaves from UConn’s “Radio for The People” in just a few weeks and Monday May 2nd will most likely be my last show. It is a bittersweet end to the very strong run that I have had as a radio DJ on WHUS, but I will always keep Adrift In The Airwaves alive and will keep the show up and running as often as I can.

Stay a fan of the facebook page, for future updates, and even go back through the podcast to listen to some of your favorite past shows. I really enjoyed my time on WHUS and I hope you did too.

DJ Dark Flow~