Friday night spinning

Campus radio station to host DJ night as part of annual fundraiser

CFRC staff member Cameron Willis says he used to listen to the radio program Indie Music Wake Up Call before being hired to host the show’s Thursday morning slot.
CFRC staff member Cameron Willis says he used to listen to the radio program Indie Music Wake Up Call before being hired to host the show’s Thursday morning slot.
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Cameron Willis, a staff member of CFRC, will be DJing on Friday night at the Grad Club to raise money for the station’s annual week-long fundraiser.

The money raised composes 20 per cent of the radio station’s operating budget.

“We’re trying to beat last year’s record of $25,000,” Willis said.

Willis is the host of CFRC’s daily morning radio show called the Indie Wake Up Call from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and hosts the Thursday slot.

The campus radio station runs a DJ night at the Grad Club once a month, inviting anyone the opportunity to perform. This Friday, Grad Club patrons will be able to donate to CFRC’s fundraising campaign.

“They show you how to set up and give you an idea of what the equipment looks like. They also show you how to do the fading,” said Willis, who will be DJing at the Grad Club for the second time.

Willis said that even though he doesn’t have an official DJ name, people have come up with ideas for him, like naming him after Todd Bridges’ character Willis Jackson.

“There are joke DJ names floating around for me, like DJ Different Strokes,” he said, referring to the series that featured the catch phrase, “Whatchoo talkin’ bout Willis?”

Willis only got involved with CFRC in October but has been a long-time fan of the station.

“I used to listen to CFRC all the time, and I actually used to listen to Indie Wake Up Call,” he said. “It’s about finding an hour of music that you can get to flow together very well — you have to get those transitions right because they’re very crucial.” He added that he got involved in the Friday DJ nights because he can interact with his audience.

“They’re right there, so they can ask you what song you were just playing,” he said.

Willis said the timing of the CFRC funding drive coincides with discussions surrounding the management restrictions of CFRC. Last week, the AMS Board of Directors tabled the discussion until March 6. “I’m glad they decided to table the issue at the last meeting, that should allow us to be able to figure out a better long term plan,” he said. “We were already focused and gearing up for the funding drive, so it’s an unfortunate series of events.”

Friday’s DJ Nite will also include DJs from CFRC shows like This is Not the Ice Age and Below the Decks.

CFRC DJ Nite runs Friday night from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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