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KLPI takes on international twist

December 20, 2012

ALICE ESSIEN
Staff Reporter

 

If you have been waiting for change in on-campus radio, your wait is over.

 

KLPI, Tech’s 4000-watt commercial-free radio station, welcomes a new Nigerian disc jockey to their staff.

 

Efua Okougbo, a freshman chemical engineering major, is the new voice on KLPI’s evening radio show.

 

After a quarter of vigorous disc jockey training and an assessment exam, Okougbo got his first air time starting this quarter.

 

Although Okougbo was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, he said American music has been very influential in his style.

 

“I grew up in a hip hop-based music background,” Okougbo said. “American music artists have taken over the entire music industry basically, so I listened to artists like Lil Wayne, Eminem and Dr. Dre.”

 

Hip-hop is not the only type of music listeners can expect to hear from Okougbo; he plans on taking his listeners around the world.

 

“Each show I plan on playing at least two international songs,” Okougbo said. “That way listeners can be exposed to some other genres of music and international students can get a small taste of home.”

 

Music diversity is just the beginning of Okougbo’s plans to spice up his radio segment; he also plans on boosting listener numbers by getting the student body more involved on air.

 

“For the specialty shows I plan to bring in some of the college society on air,” Okougbo said. “I want to feature members of the SGA, Union Board or any other campus organizations on the show to showcase them and advertise their upcoming events.”

 

Okougbos also wants to give some exposure to any on-campus talent looking for radio time.

 

“I enjoy listening to new different music,” Okougbo said “I’ll play any new artist’s music on the air if they just drop it off by the station. Don’t worry about the lyrics, we have a technical team that can clean them up.”

 

Okougbo’s ambition and dedication to the KLPI team has been noticed by his co-workers.

 

Raul Baez,a senior aviation management major and KLPI’s digital librarian, has worked closely with Okougbos.

 

“Efua is a really hard worker” said Baez. “His dedication is what I admire about him the most. He’s very consistent in his work and his enthusiasm motivates us all.”

 

Okougbo’s hope his tactics will be a successful in increasing listener numbers.

 

Savannah Bridges, a sophomore marketing major, did not know Tech had an on-campus radio station.

 

“I’ve never listened to KLPI,” Bridges said. “I’ve heard music playing by the student center while walking to class, but I had no idea that there was a Tech radio station.”

 

Okougbo’s plan for his radio segment already has students eager to listen.

 

Kennan Smith, a senior kinesiology major, is excited about KLPI’s new addition.

 

“During my four years here at Tech, haven’t heard KLPI play one hip hop song,” Smith said. “Finally a deejay with some hip hop flare can save us from never-ending alternative rock.”

 

Students can expect Okougbo’s show to be live on the air from 8-10 p.m. on Fridays throughout this quarter.

 

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