KTRU is a Trinity-owned radio channel that began streaming to the San Antonio community in 1976. It broadcasts jazz music throughout the day, but has an Indie Overnight program from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Two Trinity juniors, Mary Feit and Sidney Hopkins, host â€œBurninâ€™ Down the Houseâ€ on Indie Overnight, which airs every early Wednesday morning from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m.
All radio programs are run by Trinity students under the supervision of the KRTU professional staff. Itâ€™s a nonprofit and noncommercial organization that prioritizes education. Students can register for and take â€œCOMM-1120 Apprentice: KRTU Host/Traineeâ€ which allows them to become interns where they can then produce, manage, develop or even host a show.
Feit and Hopkins are products of this apprenticeship.
â€œMary and I both took the KRTU class in the comm section and loved it,â€ Hopkins said. â€œWe did one live show together and really enjoyed it and asked our instructor Kory Cook if we could have a show.â€
â€œBurninâ€™ Down the Houseâ€ is now a weekly show.
â€œThe name comes from the first time Sidney and I were in the studio. We were so nervous. Sidney had this irrational fear that we would burn down KRTU,â€ Feit said.
The hour-long show consists of nonstop Indie music as well as knowledge about the bands whose songs Feit and Hopkins play.
â€œWe mostly talk about any experiences or information we have with/on the bands weâ€™re playing,â€ Hopkins said.
â€œWe are pretty normal radio DJs, announcing the name of the song and the artist. I like to tell people if the band is in town or if we can expect new music soon. Sometimes, Iâ€™ll talk about seeing the artist live or how I discovered the song/band. I try to add in something extra so that itâ€™s not just â€˜hereâ€™s what you heard and hereâ€™s what you will hear,â€™â€ Feit said.
This show is a way for both of them to share their love and passion for indie music, as well as discover new areas within the genre.
â€œMary and I have really differing tastes in indie music â€” she listens to more of an upbeat beach-y feel, while my indie taste is really angsty. We switch around sometimes, but I absolutely love coming in and seeing what Maryâ€™s put on the playlist,â€ Hopkins said. Â
Feit and Hopkins want to expand their show.
â€œI want to hopefully add another day of the week,â€ Hopkins said. â€œOne of my goals is to continue this show for the rest of my Trinity career. I really look forward to doing it every week. In fact, sometimes I wish we had more than an hour because I love playing my music,â€ Feit said.
As well as having future goals for â€œBurninâ€™ Down the House,â€ Feit and Hopkins want students to get a taste of indie music.
â€œIâ€™d like for them to have a good variety of indie music to listen to while staying up late maybe doing extra homework or just relaxing,â€ Hopkins said.
â€œI personally hope that our listeners just enjoy an hour of music. Every show, Sidney and I fill our hour with music we actually listen to. If people use our show to discover new music, thatâ€™s cool too,â€ Feit said.
Because Feit and Hopkins both discovered their passion for radio and now have an opportunity to share it, itâ€™s clear that thereâ€™s an advantage to having hands-on experience that caters directly to a specific career.
â€œBefore the KRTU class Iâ€™d never considered being on the radio before, but this is something Iâ€™d definitely consider as a career path,â€ Hopkins said.
Feit also sees radio in her future.
â€œI want to pursue a career in radio. While this show is more music focused, itâ€™s still something that I enjoy doing. That helps me know Iâ€™m on the right path,â€ Feit said.
To listen to the livestream, you can go to the KRTU website, www.krtuindie.org, or tune into 91.7 FM.