WKNC wins SCJ Awards for Excellence

You know WKNC is excellent, we know it’s excellent, but its great to receive awards for a job well done.

In the annual 2011 Society for Collegiate Journalist Awards, NC State Student Media was highlighted for many different achievements.

WKNC earned:

2nd place in Companion Broadcast Website Overall Excellence

2nd place in Radio Commercial, Promotion,  Public Announcement


Among other facets of student media are the award-winning Agromeck yearbook; and photography and columns from the daily newspaper, Technician.


Mystery Roach T-Shirt Contest Winners

The winners of the Mystery Roach t-shirt contest have been chosen. Congratulations to Cliff S. and Mark S.!

Many entered, but only two were deemed edible by a couple of chickens. If you did not win, but you would like a shirt, send an email to La Barba Rossa for more information.

Click here to watch the Mystery Roach T-Shirt Contest selection process.


Best of the Rest from 2010

The year is winding down, and the end of another year provides an influx of best of lists. In an attempt to help all of you out there sift through the huge amount of lists, I decided to have one place to find everybody’s lists. Below I’ve added a ton of the best of lists from a variety of music publications and sites below. In an effort to keep it nice an concise I’ve only put their top five, but if you would like to see their entire lists I have a link to view it as well. Enjoy!

Rolling Stone

1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2. The Black KeysBrothers

3. Elton John and Leon Russell- The Union

4. Arcade FireThe Suburbs

5. Jamey Johnson- The Guitar Song


1. These New PuritansHidden

2. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

3. Beach HouseTeen Dream

4. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

5. Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can


1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest

3. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

4. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

5. Jamey Johnson- The Guitar Song


1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

3. Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

4. Big BoiSir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

5. Beach House- Teen Dream


1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

3. Beach House- Teen Dream

4. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz

5. Robyn- Body Talk


1. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

2. Janelle Monae- The ArchAndroid

3. Mumford and SonsSigh No More

4. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

5. Titus AndronicusThe Monitor


1. Beach House- Teen Dream

2. The National- High Violet

3. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

4. Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

5. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs


1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

3. Beach House- Teen Dream

4. Flying LotusCosmogramma

5. Frog EyesPaul’s Tomb: A Triumph


Local Favorites on NPR Music’s Best of 2010

It’s December, which means the Best of 2010 album lists are already coming out all around you. If you’re like me, this means going back through iTunes and to see what was really listened to the most or has made that special impression on you since January. Being Local Music Director, I listen to much more local music than anything else and am finding that quite a few local albums have made their way into my list for this year.

The folks over at NPR Music have already put out their top 50 favorites of 2010 and the list includes most of the important albums released since January. I was excited to see North Carolina’s own Carolina Chocolate Drops on the list with their spring release “Genuine Negro Jig” alongside bands such as Arcade Fire, The National, and Sharon Van Etten.

Alongside the fifty chosen by NPR Music’s staff, music lovers everywhere are getting the chance to vote for their very own top albums of 2010. The results of the poll will be revealed during All Songs Considered on Dec. 14 and Carolina Chocolate Drops, Future Islands, and Lost In The Trees are all nominees. You can vote through the link below and listen on Dec. 14 for the results!

NPR Music: What Are Your Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010.

WKNC “Dodges” the Competition

On Monday, Dec. 6, a team of WKNC  DJs competed in a dodgeball tournament put on by N.C. State’s Campus Rec.

This event began with pool play and then end in a single elimination tournament. DJs SarahNade, Mollypop, Shorty Shorts, Tommyboy, Major Tom and Bunch made the competition sweat.

The first round went to the opposing team, but WKNC came back strong in Round 2, tying with one player left on each team after two minutes. The Revolution kept improving by eliminating each of the opposing team’s players in under two minutes during Round 3, forcing a sudden death elimination with two players on each team. Tommyboy and Major Tom stepped up their game and headed the team, but sadly, we lost after a fierce curveball-to-lower abs-shot by Tommyboy.

Campus Rec will be holding different games and activities during the week to help students take some exam stress away.


Take the WKNC Fall 2010 Internet Survey

WKNC 88.1 FM is conducting a survey to better serve its listeners and members of the N.C. State/Raleigh community. The survey should take about five minutes to complete.

To thank you for your time, one of every 50 respondents will receive a special thank you gift. If you would like to enter the drawing, please provide your email address or telephone number at the end of this survey. All responses will be kept confidential.

Take it now.


WKNC kicks off Homecoming

WKNC was proud to help out with NC State Homecoming 2010: No Wake Zone Sunday night.

Students and Wolfpack fans came out to enjoy free shirts, food, and games. WKNC raffled off Bob Dylan’s The Best of The Original Mono RecordingsCDs as well as copies of Nightsound Studios Presents: Musical Chairs, a compilation of local artists covering other local artists’ songs. Congratulations to our winners!

WKNC will also be at the homecoming parade Friday (6-7 p.m. on Hillsborough St.), emceed by DJ Elly May, as well as PackHowl Pep Rally (7-10 p.m. on Harris Field). The Pep Rally will feature  hot chocolate, speeches from some of the football players and head coach Tom O’Brien, cheerleaders, Wolfpack band, student performances, and headlining band, Augustana.

Look for our table and come say hello to your favorite deejays! We’ll have stickers, Fridays on the Lawn information, and more giveaways in the spirit of Wolfpack Football. Go Pack!


Continuing the legend: Rosanne Cash to present memoir in Raleigh

If you’re any kind of a fan of Johnny Cash, you’ll know of his talented and oldest offspring, Rosanne Cash. Not only has she continued the Cash legend, but she herself has taken the name a great many strides forward in the world of music and literary arts. In her 30+year career, she has thus far released 12 albums and has had 11 #1 singles, with her most recent album release in fall 2009. She has also written a book of short stories, a children’s book, essays and work fiction, and, most recently, her memoir.

This nationally and internationally renowned musician will be coming to Raleigh to promote her soon to be released book Composed:a Memoir.

“Now, in her memoir, Cash writes compellingly about her upbringing in Southern California as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationships with her mother and her famous stepmother, June Carter Cash. In her account of her development as an artist she shares memories of a hilarious stint as a twenty-year-old working for Columbia Records in London; recording her own first album on a German label; working her way to success; her marriage to Rodney Crowell, a union that made them Nashville’s premier couple; her relationship with the country music establishment; taking a new direction in her music and leaving Nashville to move to New York; motherhood; dealing with the deaths of her parents, in part through music; the process of songwriting; and the fulfillment she has found with her current husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal.”

—Quail Ridge Bookstore

flyer for Rosanne Cash at Meredith College

Above is the official flyer for the event. The event will be held on Friday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium at Meredith College. The tickets are $5 and available at Quail Ridge Bookstore, or the event is free with a purchase of the book itself. While she will not be performing, she will be discussing her new book and signing memorabilia and merchandise.


4th Annual Lump Gallery Benefit

First Friday is coming this week, and if you are heading down that way, then you should feel obligated to stop and see some amazing local and national musicians, get some local beer, and support a local art gallery.

Lump Gallery in downtown Raleigh is having its 4th annual benefit party for only $10 ($5 with a student I.D.) and features plenty of entertainment and refreshments alongside the artwork. Carolina Brewing Company will be providing beer and there will be raffle tickets  for prizes available (for a suggested donation) for Duck & Dumpling, The Pit, jeans by Denim Raleigh, Holly Aiken hand bags, Askew Taylor’s art supplies, and artwork!

In addition, Chapel Hill band Organos will be playing along with a deejay set by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. Neil Prewitt of Yuxtapongo will be featuring a video and performance as well.

Lump is located at 505 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601.

It all starts at 7 p.m.!


Interested in working for the KNC?

There will be two interest meetings August 20 and 24 in the Student Senate on the 2nd floor of Witherspoon Student Center. Only qualification is that you run with the Pack (students only).

Join the facebook group here!