KZAP Lives Again At KDVS

Published On November 16, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, One-Man Newsman, Shooting News, TV News Vault

Former KZAP DJ Jeff Hughson back at home at the microphone in the KDVS studio.

For 48-hours on November 8-9, 2012, the U.C. Davis student-run campus radio station KDVS 90.3 FM. I was sent out to do a story on this for KCRA’s 6 o’clock news.

KZAP was one of the first of the progressive and alternative FM radio stations back in the 1970s that emerged with a free-form format, meaning that there were no playlists, no top-40 hits, no management-driven rundown for the airwaves. The DJs were chosen because they knew and loved music and were plugged into what was happening at the time. The DJs had free reign to play whatever they wanted, whether the song ran for 2-minutes or 20-minutes.

I was originally planning to do one of my regular reporter-photographer stories, like the ones that I’ve posted here. But once I got into doing the interviews I immediately realized that I had so much great sound — much more than I could ever use — that it would be crazy for me to attempt to write anything. The best thing was to edit all the sound together and let the people in the radio station tell their own story. You’d think that would be easier, but it takes just as much time, if not more, to tell a story with only the sound that you’ve recorded because it means it has to be edited even more carefully. Wish I could have had more time, both for the story to be able to run and to put the piece together, but that’s news. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to the folks at KDVS for inviting us and to the KZAP DJs for being so generous with themselves.

KCRA – KZAP Classic Rock Lives Again For 48 Hours on KDVS from Mike Carroll on Vimeo.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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