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New studio a sound move for KJHK

Student radio station will get new space in Kansas Union this spring

Joe O'Donnell, helping to disc jockey a free-form music show on KJHK on New Year’s Eve, pulls some electronic music from the stacks at the radio station in Sudler Annex, 1132 W. 11th St., also known as “The Shack.” KJHK will soon move to new digs in the Kansas Union. The staff will try to retain some of the charm of the run-down building by incorporating enlarged photographs of some of the graffiti and decor into the new site.

Joe O'Donnell, helping to disc jockey a free-form music show on KJHK on New Year’s Eve, pulls some electronic music from the stacks at the radio station in Sudler Annex, 1132 W. 11th St., also known as “The Shack.” KJHK will soon move to new digs in the Kansas Union. The staff will try to retain some of the charm of the run-down building by incorporating enlarged photographs of some of the graffiti and decor into the new site.

January 4, 2010

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Kansas University's KJHK radio station at Sudler Annex, 1132 W. 11th St. also known as "The Shack" will move into new digs in the Kansas Union this spring. The staff will try to retain some of the charm of the run-down building by incorporating enlarged photographs of some of the  graffiti and decor into the new site.

Kansas University's KJHK radio station at Sudler Annex, 1132 W. 11th St. also known as "The Shack" will move into new digs in the Kansas Union this spring. The staff will try to retain some of the charm of the run-down building by incorporating enlarged photographs of some of the graffiti and decor into the new site.

This spring, the student-run radio station at Kansas University will find a new home in the Kansas Union.

Logan Nickels, the KJHK station manager and a senior from Stillwater, Okla., said construction is under way on the third floor of the union near the FedEx Kinko’s office and a hair salon.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Nickels said. “We’re moving out of a place that has a lot of history.”

The place KJHK leaves — a building officially called the Sudler Annex, but affectionately termed “The Shack” at 1132 W. 11th St. — has served as the home of the station since the early 1980s, and has accumulated a number of posters and other memorabilia commemorating KJHK history.

The move is scheduled for the spring, probably in late March or early April.

Tom Johnson, KJHK’s general manager, said the station has been looking to move for years ever since being given the option to either bring the 11th Street building up to code or find a new home.

Johnson said the move comes at a cost of about $450,000, half of which is funded by the station, with the other half coming from a 10-year loan from KU.

The new area will be much more technologically advanced. It will feature a “floating” studio isolated from the vibrations of nearby walls.

“We’re building a box within a box, essentially,” Johnson said.

Nickels said he, and others who work at the station, will appreciate the new studio, music library and office spaces after working for years in a dilapidated area.

“It’ll be great to be in the heart of campus with absolutely state-of-the-art equipment,” Nickels said.

But still, he’ll miss the nostalgia of the old Shack.

“I think the best word to describe it is bittersweet,” Nickels said.

“There’s really no other word for it.”

Comments

Joe Hyde 4 years, 11 months ago

Sure hope you're wrong about that, JR. It's cool that the station is getting some new equipment, but there certainly is cause for concern anytime a basically "underground" radio station relocates into swanky, conventional surroundings.

Maybe with luck KJHK's renegade presence inside the Union will at least help counterbalance the forces of corporate domination.

billycarter 4 years, 11 months ago

Cool...maybe this will get KJHK a Woodie nomination

MerryPresent 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, they've been there since the 1970s.

Janet Lowther 4 years, 11 months ago

Somehow, I'm surprised they didn't move KJHK into the "mud hut" when KANU/KPR got it's new studios.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 4 years, 11 months ago

The old studio was somehow independent from the university administration and often offered an independent view that seemed to mirror its physical location. One hopes that it will not lose that independence moving into its fancy new digs. If it does, the station would be better off back in the house.

soopafly 4 years, 11 months ago

KJHK is a sister organization of SUA, not a subsidiary. Better that, than being part of the Journalism school, which graciously made the station a Top 40 station in the nineties. Also, do not forget that without some sort of campus sponsorship, the station will most certainly die. Non-commercial radio offers absolutely no way to be self-sustaining.

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