KSDJ change excites some, irks former DJs, students

Jesse Christen

Jesse Christen

At KSDJ, SDSU’s college radio station, gone are the days of DJ freedom.

Also gone are DJs who talk nonsense rather than playing music and the ones who play a single style of annoying music for hours on end.

Now a variety of music fills the airwaves, featuring everything from Dave Matthews to NOFX and all points in between. Plus, professional sounding DJs enthusiastically inform listeners of upcoming events on the SDSU campus.

Since being hired as the KSDJ station manager, Ashley Allen has taken some harsh criticism for how he runs the station.

“We’re playing music that was once considered alternative but now is mainstream,” Allen says, citing groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stone Temple Pilots. “We want to play music that people are familiar with.”

Allen says that in some larger cites college radio is a major competitor of commercial radio, citing Radio K, AM 770, the University of Minnesota’s radio station as an example.

Travis Creley, Allen’s co-host on the station’s