TigerTVâ€™s pop culture television show, â€˜Studio 21â€™, will now host weekly bands under the leadership of executive producer junior Benjamin Gomez. On the third Tuesday of the month, Gomez will feature one band on both â€˜Studio 21â€™ and KRTUâ€™s concert series, KRTUesdays.
â€œOn the third Tuesday of the month, a band will be on â€˜Studio 21â€™ and weâ€™ll give them a great live session and interview. Then theyâ€™ll play a gig on North St. Maryâ€™s for KRTU. Itâ€™ll be a killer Tuesday afternoon for those bands,â€ Gomez said. Â
Gomez plans to transform â€˜Studio 21â€™ into a show focused on music.
â€œSemesters before we have done video game segments, pop culture, release dates for albums and weâ€™ve done celebrity gossip. I think we were missing that marquee, that boom factor and I think thatâ€™s what we want to do this semester by bringing in bands,â€ Gomez said.
As the Indie Outreach and Promotion Manager for KRTU, Gomez wants TigerTV and KRTU to collaborate more.
â€œWe have all these fantastic facilities here at Trinity like KRTU and TigerTV. I donâ€™t see why thereâ€™s not more collaboration,â€ Gomez said. â€œIt makes perfect sense that we bring bands in. Itâ€™s beneficial for us, for the bands themselves and for anyone else that wants to get involved.â€
Gomez hopes to contribute to the San Antonio music scene with the weekly sessions.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing that would make me happier than to see San Antonio become a new place for music and not being passed up on tour routes for bands that just go to Austin,â€ Gomez said. Â
During an internship with Austin Music Foundation last summer, Gomez developed the idea of bringing bands to Trinity.
â€œAustin Music Foundation has a program called â€˜Artist of the Month,â€™ which I worked exclusively on. I thought, â€˜Why donâ€™t we bring these bands San Antonio?â€™ I work at a radio station and a television show and I thought, â€˜Why donâ€™t we put them on air and book them on a showâ€™,â€ Gomez said.
Gomez hopes to collaborate with Austin Music Foundation and Do210 on the project. Â
Zachary Wooten, the program manager for TigerTV, is a host for â€˜Studio 21â€™. Â
â€œIâ€™m very excited to see what Benji will be able to accomplish,â€ Wooten said. â€œIt would still be interesting to have people go off campus for a show, as well as have live music on the show and interview artists every week.â€
Hosts of the show, like Wooten, will gain experience interviewing bands.
â€œThis will be my first time interviewing people in a band. I think I would tone down my playful banter and ask serious questions â€” unless itâ€™s Kanye,â€ Wooten said. Â
Sarah Davis, executive producer of Newswave, understands the challenges of bringing in live guests.
â€œItâ€™s great that Benji wants to utilize the resources of TigerTV and build from the San Antonio community. Itâ€™s a big organizational challenge to make it happen,â€ Davis said. â€œAs executive producer of Newswave, I know how hard it is to bring in live guests from the community, but I know it will be great.â€
Looking ahead, Gomez has high hopes for the project and believes it will make an impact on the San Antonio community.
â€œIâ€™m excited for this semester,â€ Gomez said. â€œI think weâ€™re really going to put KRTU, TigerTV and ultimately Trinity on the map in terms of being the pioneers of bringing musical talent to San Antonio.â€ Â