DJ Jaclyn “Jac Black” Blackwell and her friends, Kiana and Laura in the KCSC broadcasting booth.
Jaclyn “Dj Jac Black” Blackwell is a veteran of the KCSC DJ staff in her third semester slapping the filthiest EDM beats from the broadcast booth in the basement of the Bell Memorial Union. Since finding her passion in blending her love for music and broadcasting at Chico State and interning at KCSC, Jaclyn is now an employee at the local Chico country radio station “103.5 The Blaze” where she continues to forge her own path in the music broadcasting industry. KCSC.com sat down with the senior media arts major to talk about her weekly EDM show “Back at It” that airs every Wednesday night from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
KCSC: What type of music do you usually play on your show?
DJ Jac Black: “I play EDM music. I usually play the lighter EDM in the beginning and get to the heavy dubstep and trap towards the end of the night. Get people pumped up!”
KCSC: What’s your favorite thing about working at KCSC?
DJ Jac Black: “I like the freedom that we have on the show. I like how I can play my favorite music, I actually really like being on the music staff and reviewing new albums each week.”
KCSC: Awesome. So you work at 103.5 The Blaze now, can you talk a little bit about what you do there?
DJ Jac Black: “I will work at events, like the Taste of Chico. That was pretty fun. But, when I work at the station, I will do on-air work, like voice tracks for commercials. I update their website and do a lot of random stuff too. But, I really like doing the voice tracks because I was on the radio one day, and (my manager) said he might be able to get me a on-air segment for a little bit, which would be awesome.”
DJ Jac Black has been bumping EDM beats over the past three semesters of interning at KCSC Radio.
KCSC: Have you ever heard yourself on the radio yet?
DJ Jac Black: “Yeah, I get all my voice tracks sent (to me.) We always practice my different on-air radio voices, but when I’m at KCSC I just talk most of the time.”
KCSC: What are your favorite things about working in radio and broadcasting?
DJ Jac Black: “Just being around music. It’s just so exciting. During one of my shows last year I made a Facebook status telling people to listen, my friends from Los Gatos, Chico, and San Luis Obispo were texting me during my show and telling me I was doing awesome, I could not stop smiling and it was such a great feeling.”
Dj Jac Black checking out some vinyl before her show in the KCSC broadcast office.
KCSC: How did KCSC Radio help you get your job at the Blaze?
DJ Jac Black: “Actually, my major really did. But, it really helped that I had background in radio. One of my teachers told me to email three different stations about interning there, and The Blaze was the only that contacted me. And I got hired right on the spot (during the interview.)”
KCSC: Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
DJ Jac Black: “That’s really hard. For more filthy trap, I would say Yellow Claw. I really like Yellow Claw. Taking it down, probably What So Not and Flume. Flume is always great, a lot of stuff like that.”
DJ Jac Black will be graduating from Chico State this semester with her degree in Media Arts on her birthday, December 15th.
Check out Dj Jac Black’s EDM show “Back at It” next Wednesday from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during our final week of shows for the Fall semester of 2016.
KCSC writer and reporter Lars Gustafson can be reached on Twitter at @larsonsports.