By Fantacie Jackson/Calendar Editor/@Fantaciej
Soundwave is a celebration of local music and culture that took place on Friday, May 13 in LAC building G. The concerts are broadcast all over the globe so local artists can get exposure. Director of college radio day Chris Anderson said the artists get the exposure that is “desperately lacking in the mainstream media”.
Soundwave started five years ago after LBCC professor Ken Borgers participated in the first college radio day. College radio day is a way to show colleges that have student-run stations and the community the importance of college radio. Borgers said more than 300 stations participated, “we had so much fun we didn’t want to wait a whole year before doing something similar”. Borgers and other radio affiliates created the local event Soundwave that features special programming.
Soundwave strives to provide a learning opportunity for students in the Radio and TV program, beyond class and lab time. The event promotes the program to potential students by broadcasting on its YouTube channel. Soundwave celebrates the independent artists and bands in Long Beach and surrounding areas.
Radio and television production major at LBCC Don Williams started as an outside worker, on to cameras, then switched to stage manager, and now he’s a director. “You have to be rhythmically inclined with the band while producing events”. He said for him live production is lovely, normal, and chaotic all in one. “What we do is real-world production and we have fun in the process”.
The process of selecting bands starts many months in advance as artist apply by themselves and their fans also help. Soundwave has even had someone from Nigeria submit work. As the date approaches, a planning committee reviews submissions and selects acts that bring and reflect diversity. Brent Pothoven, broadcasting major at LBCC who’s recently been voted as host of Soundwave says he loves the experience of hosting and is thankful for being chosen. “My favorite part was being around the bands and seeing their reaction of their performance broadcast.
Students produce the entire show and they get a chance to work with high tech and HD video equipment. Produce six hours of continuous live music, create live streaming internet, radio, and broadcast programs.