DJ Highlights

Ride Along with Chancellor Randy Woodson

Friday, October 1 was World College Radio Day. WKNC had a jam-packed 24 hour schedule that included nonstop DJs on HD-1, various sets on HD-2, and a full livestream of the event on our YouTube channel. We’re still processing all the footage from the event, so stay tuned for a video recap.

The climax of the entire event was a special guest appearance by Chancellor Randy Woodson, who appeared as a guest on 3 Bears in a Coat’s show Ride Along at 3 p.m.

Chancellor Woodson split his set into three parts; the Muscle Shoals sound, Southern Rock, and songs he’s enjoying now. Although we can’t share his recorded set due to music copyright law, we can provide the playlist– which we also uploaded to Spotify for you to enjoy.

Below you can find 3 Bears in a Coat’s reflection on the event, a transcript of Randy’s air breaks, as well as some pictures from the event.


WKNC’s 24 Hour WCRD Set: Schedule

World College Radio Day is this Friday, Oct. 1.

In honor of the event, WKNC will be hosting 24 straight hours of DJ sets on our HD-1 channel, as well as select sets on HD-2 and a YouTube live stream featuring various activities for the entire event. The 24 hours start at 12 a.m. on Friday and will go until 11:59 that night.

The HD-1 DJs will follow our (modified) traditional schedule of Afterhours/Underground from 12-7 a.m., then Daytime from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (with Local Lunch still occurring at noon), and Chainsaw will go from 7-11:59 p.m. You can check the full HD-1 lineup schedule below.

For the day’s activities HD-2 DJs have full reign to play whatever style they want, so, again, read below to see the full schedule.

The live stream will be hosted on our YouTube channel and will show our HD-1 studio, so you can watch all your favorite DJs play live, as well as our Production Room/HD-2, which will be hosting various activities throughout the night – which, if you guessed it, can also be found on our schedule below.

The live stream of the HD-1 Studio will have to be muted, as copyrighted music is not allowed on YouTube. However, you can listen to everything the DJs are playing in HD-1 by tuning into our webstream. Keep an eye on our Spinitron page as well, to catch all the songs the DJs are playing.

The full schedule of activities is below. Please keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the DJs, and the best way to stay updated with the schedule is to check this blog post.

HD-1 Schedule

12-1 a.m.johnny ghostHD2 Night Rock DJ johnny ghost revives his high school electro-swing obsession for his debut on HD1 with his first (and last?) Afterhours set.
1-2 calciferlogon from 1-2 a.m. to hear dj calcifer’s electronic set “for the girls.” WARNING! dance-inducing.
2-3 a.m.cow ballThe General Manager at WKNC, previously known for her Radio Fuzz sets that would deep dive into various niche alternative rock genres, brings a one-hour set of hard, experimental Afterhours and Underground music.
3-4 a.m. dj mothballtune into dj mothball’s “wormwood star”, the heaviest, elemental electronic tracks to fill your 3 to 4 a.m. hour~~~
4-5 a.m. SnapdragonThe best looking DJ at KNC provides you with some of the finest alt R&B.
5-6 a.m. hermajestyPart nu disco, part techno, part electronic sea shanty remixes, All Nautical Nonsense.
6-7 a.m. WhippopatomusThe hippest spooky set to set off the spooky season.
7-8 a.m. Rainbow RiotPlaying you the very best in music from all decades, including all the hits, back-catalog tracks, and forgotten tunes your speakers can handle.
8-9 a.m. BansheeMusic to listen to in the car wash (but only if you have a flexible antenna).
9-10 a.m. DJ Lazuli x DJ SHEETZDJ Lazuli and DJ Sheetz take on the spirit of fall and play some of their favorite indie rock tunes that make them want to drink a pumpkin spice latte.
10-11 a.m. dj [redacted]Bringing you a fun variety of indie music from across the galaxy.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. MonaveeYou’ve found the spot for tunes that lie between the bounds of alternative R&B and soul, deep house and experimental electronic music.
12-1 p.m.DJ PON-3WKNC’s station adviser takes a trip down memory lane with some of her favorite music made in North Carolina.
1-2 p.m. toad maidenThe mellowest, funkiest, grooviest rarities and gems from the ’60s-’70s. Tune in for classic rock, psychedelia, funk, proto-metal, and everything in between.
2-3 p.m. The Dizzy MelonFly overseas with your pilot, The Dizzy Melon, and experience the funky music of Japan!!
3-4 p.m. Chancellor Randy Woodson w/ 3 Bears in a Coat NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson comes on to do a set in celebration of College Radio Day, joined by 3 Bears in a Coat for a Ride Along with the Chancellor.
4-5 p.m. big hoss & DJ Lizzo x Big SamGirls Guide to the Outlaw Spirit join Big Sam of Both Kinds Radio for a split set.
5-6 p.m. DJ Skunk ApePlaying the latest and greatest in grimy, gritty garage, punk rock and metal.
6-7 p.m. DJ SHEETZ x DJ MangoDJ SHEETZ and DJ Mango play music that makes you feel like a teenager in a coming of age film. You are the main character, and this is your soundtrack.
7-8 p.m. T-TimeAn hour of skramz, get over it.
8-9 p.m. Uncle PaulUncle Paul’s classic Friday night set, but only an hour long.
9-10 p.m. EubanksAbsolute tomfoolery and havoc. Nobody is ready.
10-11 p.m. dj gibogib (Chainsaw Music Director)Some classic metal, some slow, some fast, all of it loud.
11 p.m.-12 a.m.young iowaAn eclectic mix of metal and hardcore to finish off the bestest day in college radio.

HD-2 Schedule

Blank slots do not have anything scheduled during that time period.

12-1 a.m.
1-2 a.m.ZenSmooth jazz for the night listeners.
2-3 a.m.
4-5 a.m.
5-6 a.m.
6-7 a.m.
7-8 a.m.Your Friendly Local Bird-Themed NoisemakerDawn Chorus – bird-themed electronic grooves to wake up to.
8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. DJ LazuliDJ Lazuli books a metal show for the Roadhouse. Giants may appear.
12-1 p.m.
1-2 p.m.DJ LazuliDJ Lazuli decides the synthpop he normally plays isn’t enough and plays a fully electronic show.
2-3 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
4-5 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
5-6 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
6-7 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
7-8 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
8-9 p.m.PloverYou are no doubt mad by now
9-10 p.m.carbon copyTunes for life’s big and little moments, curated by yours truly.
10-11 p.m.carbon copyAll things indie and/or rock <3
11 p.m.-12 a.m.

Livestream Schedule

Blank slots do not have anything scheduled during that time period.

12-1 a.m.3 Bears in a CoatWelcome!
1-2 a.m.
2-3 a.m.hermajestyNo Thingz Considered live recording
3-4 a.m.hermajestyNo Thingz Considered live recording/Lalic interview
4-5 a.m.hermajestyLalic interview
5-6 a.m.SilyaLet’s Talk Horror: All about horror movies
6-7 a.m.
7-8 a.m.3 Bears in a CoatTop of Day!
8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.3 Bears in a CoatThe Worst Game of Telephone
12-1 p.m.
1-2 mothballWKNC Buttonmaking
2-3 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
5-6 p.m.3 Bears in a CoatRapidfire DJ interviews
6-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.3 Bears in a CoatMafia
8-9 p.m.
9-10 p.m.
10-11 p.m.
11 p.m.-12 a.m.3 Bears in a CoatGoodbye!

Band/Artist Profile Concert Preview Festival Coverage

Bands to Watch at Hopscotch 2021: Patois Counselors

General Manager Maddie here to tell you all about a band I’m very excited to see play this year’s Hopscotch Festival: Patois Counselors.

Before I indulge in my own personal relationship to the band, the important information to know is that they’re playing Hopscotch tomorrow, Sept 9, on the Moore Square stage at 3:45PM. In terms of genre, they fall under the wide umbrella of “post punk”, so check ’em out if you like stuff like Parquet Courts or Gang of Four.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’m going to tell you my story about the discovery of one of my favorite local bands. We have to go all the way back to October 2018, the fall of my first year at NC State. One of my favorite bands, Screaming Females, was playing a show at one of my favorite venues, the Milestone, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The only problem with this fantastic set-up was that I was stuck in Raleigh without a car. So, I got together with a friend of mine who had a car, agreed to skip my calculus class (the first class I ever skipped in college!) and we drove 2 and a half hours to see Screaming Females.

They were great, of course, but that’s not who I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about the second band I saw at the Milestone that night, a local opener called TKO Faith Healer. I didn’t have high expectations; based on the band name, I was expecting some sort of Southern garage-rocky type dad band. However, as they began playing, I found myself enjoying their music a lot more than I was expecting. I’m not gonna say it was like nothing I had ever heard before, but at this time in my life, I wasn’t really listening to bands like Wire or Powerplant much, and I certainly didn’t know how much I would come to love bands like that later on in my life. Besides being sonically interesting, they also played just an overall super clean and tight set.

Also, I have to add that their singer came out wearing an Amnesia Scanner long sleeve t shirt. I did not know who Amnesia Scanner was at the time, but now, I look back on this move and realize how cool it is. Any guy in an “indie rock” band wearing an Amnesia Scanner shirt is a cool guy.

Unfortunately, TKO Faith Healer didn’t have any songs up on Spotify at this point (and they sadly still do not, but they have one EP on Bandcamp), so I more or less forgot about them after the show. I’ve gotten better at this since 2018, but really, the convenience of being on Spotify is a selling factor on if I’ll listen to a band’s music or not- I know, I know, but I gotta make sure all my songs scrobble!

In October 2020- two years later- I was browsing Instagram and came across a post from Charlotte independent record store Lunchbox Records (the second best thing about Charlotte, with the first being the Milestone) that instantly captivated me. I’m a big album artwork guy, and my opinions on an album can strongly be swayed by the album art alone. I had one glance at the eerie, larger-than-life eyeball painting and knew I was gonna like the album. Also, the band was from Charlotte, and I’m always looking for more local bands to love.

I remember quickly going to Spotify and checking out songs from the band’s previous album, Proper Release, in anticipation of the new album. When the new album came out, I proudly uploaded some songs from The Optimal Seat into WKNC’s Local Lunch segment, because our local segment definitely needs some more post-punk.

Since then, the album has been a local favorite of mine, and I find new songs and parts to enjoy with every listen. Some of my favorite tracks are the super-danceable yet anxious The Galvanizer, and angular, jerky Give Me Voltage. I also still continue to be absolutely transfixed by the album artwork; it’s probably one of my favorite album covers of all time (you can see more paintings by the artist on her website, although none of them strike me like the red eye featured on the Optimal Seat).

Now, to get back to TKO Faith Healer- I’m not quite sure when exactly it was, but at one point, I thought back to the band I saw open for Screaming Females and thought they sounded familiar to a new band I had recently discovered. I did some research, and sure enough, TKO Faith Healer lead singer and Amnesia Scanner-enjoyer Bo White was the vocalist in Patois Counselors. While doing research for this post, I discovered White actually has a slew of other Charlotte bands under his wing- basically, I have a lot of new music to listen to.

But, for now, I’m gonna get ready for Patois Counselors’ performance by re-listening to the album that captured my attention from the first second I saw it. I hope you’re able to catch Patois Counselors’ set tomorrow, but if not, you can listen to their music anytime.

Festival Coverage

WKNC x NC State University Libraries Hopscotch Day Party 2021

It’s Hopscotch season in the Triangle! Hopscotch is returning to downtown Raleigh for its eleventh year on Sept. 9-11.

WKNC has partnered with NC State University Libraries to present our 2021 official Hopscotch Day Party, on Sept. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. Occurring outside of DH Hill Jr Library facing Hillsborough Street, this event is free and open to the public; you don’t need a ticket to Hopscotch to attend.

The party is not only a showcase of North Carolina electronic musicians but also of WKNC alumni talent; every performer has been involved with WKNC in the past. We’re excited to welcome back former DJs and staff to the campus.

The event will be live-streamed via NC State University Libraries’ Twitch channel.

Check out the official flyer below, and read on to get a short bio of each of the musicians, written by WKNC General Manager Maddie.

WKNC and NC State University Libraries Hopscotch Day Party with midcentury modular, en-decay, JOB and Sand Pact.
WKNC and NC State University Libraries Hopscotch Day Party with midcentury modular, en-decay, JOB and Sand Pact. Design by Maddie.

The lineup is designed in a way to start on the more chill and ambient side of electronic, and slowly turn heavier by the end of the showcase.

Starting off the showcase is midcentury modular. midcentury modular was a WKNC DJ for 3 years between 2011 and 2014, as well as working with our Daytime music block. As the name might suggest, midcentury modular makes modular synth music, exploring the various environments that can be created. Some of his work, like the release “snow,” is more sparse and desolate, while others, like the release “a weekend,” play around with beeps and boops to create a fun, uplifting atmosphere. I’ve always wanted to see a modular synth performance and I’m excited to watch his set.

Changing paces next is en-decay. Cyrus has been producing electronic music and DJing under the name en-decay since 2012, making glitchy, IDM-like music that also takes inspiration from various other electronic genres, such as industrial or ambient. They started working as a freelance DJ for events in high school then as an Afterhours DJ for WKNC for 2 years. They’ve collaborated with a variety of artistic groups such as Windhover, Sinetology, and Maison Fauna, planning and playing events and festivals around North Carolina. They’ve been uploading releases since 2017 to their Bandcamp page, so have fun browsing for a bit.

Next is JOB. JOB started DJing at WKNC in the spring of 2019. In the summer of 2019 he hosted a Sunday underground show called Clocking Out. He also helped record a few live sessions in The Lounge. JOB’s music consists of super fun and fast-paced mixes, consisting of artists like Toro y Moi, Azealia Banks and Ariana Grande. His bio on mixcloud simply says “girls + gays only”, if you can’t already tell what his musical vibe is based on the aforementioned artists. I am very much ready to dance to this set.

And lastly, we have Sand Pact. Hema of Sand Pact was involved with WKNC from 2014-2018, in which she worked as a DJ (first as DJ iCloud, and later as Gudiya), graphic designer, and promotions director, as well as began the WKNC zine. Hema invited Alex onto her DJ sets and the two began their love for playing electronic music together. I discovered Sand Pact a few years ago when I was trying to discover more Triangle-based artists, and I really dug their sound and entire aesthetic. They have a pretty harsh sound, consisting of various strange noises layered over industrial beats. I’m super happy to have them play this set, as I’ve been wanting to see how their live show looks ever since I first discovered them.

I hope you discovered your new favorite North Carolinian electronic musician, and are able to come out to our showcase.

Music News and Interviews

Some of WKNC’s Top Adds recently!

Hello everyone who browses our blog,

I’m Buzz, and when I’m not DJing my own personal sets, I’m working as the Daytime Music Director. What this means is that I choose songs that play on-air at WKNC when a live DJ isn’t in to play their own music. I specifically choose songs to play during our Daytime segments, which are indie/alternative rock.

Here’s some artists and tracks I’ve added recently.

The Beths- If you don’t listen to The Beths, what are you doing? They’re so good. This song has been stuck in my head a lot recently. RIYL Charly Bliss, illuminati hotties, eating ice cream outside during summer, the like.

Madeline Kinney- For those of you that like the more chill, slow indie stuff in the vein of Big Thief and Phoebe Bridgers. Check out this song.

Fontaines D.C.- I only recently jumped on the hype train for these guys, and dang I was missing out so much. This is the coolest song I’ve heard recently. RIYL Ought’s song “Beautiful Blue Sky,” which is also a super cool song.

IDLES- Grounds. Definitely my favorite of the three singles they’ve released so far from their upcoming album, Ultra Mono, out late September. Y’all know I’ll be adding a ton of stuff from that new album. RIYL the song above (I have gotten so obsessed with all this new (post?-)post-punk stuff recently), pretending your a British person in the 1980s fighting against inequality or something like that.

Dream Nails- Vagina Police. I actually hadn’t ever heard of this group until like, a day ago, when I was getting a ton of emails about it. Good stuff. RIYL if you like punk songs that are under two minutes long, and local Triangle punk legends The Muslims and BANGZZZ. 

I hope you found your next favorite band on this list!