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Students first 

Thank you, Kylie Mendonca, for an informative, entertaining article on KCPR (“A long, strange trip …,” Nov. 27). Squeezing 40 years of history onto two pages is no easy feat. There is one aspect of the current KCPR airstaff that I wasn’t aware of:  a number of them are former Cal Poly students, some of whom haven’t taken a class at the university in decades.  I’m a KCPR alumnus and spent four years there from 1986 to 1990 as marketing director, business director, and a DJ mentor.  During that time, station policy dictated that anyone on-air must be a currently enrolled Cal Poly student.  KCPR is, first and foremost, a laboratory for Cal Poly students interested in learning more about the radio broadcast business.  By allowing former students on-air (some of whom host multiple shows on KCPR, and some of whom also have shows on KCBX), KCPR is denying those air shifts to current Cal Poly students, and that’s not consistent with what I believe to be KCPR’s mission.   Former students can be a great resource to KCPR as advisors, but I strongly believe currently enrolled students should be the ones on-air in this excellent learning laboratory. 

George Rosta


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