Loras College Radio Still Broadcasting Through Pandemic

Loras College Radio, also recognized by their call letters of KLCR, has been an on-and-off group on campus over the years. In the winter of 2019, KLCR made a triumphant return on campus. Since then, the KLCR team has remained steady with several talk shows, which range from music, sports, religion, politics, etc. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the team is away from their studio in Hoffman Hall right now but has continued to deliver content for their listeners.

Thomas Rhomberg (’20), Xavier Sanchez (’20) and Nick Richter (’20) host the NXT show on KLCR

The news of leaving campus was difficult for everyone involved, but I wanted KLCR to ease the transition. Right away, before leaving campus, each host had the opportunity to run one final show in-studio before departing for home. While that was taking place, I began to construct a game plan moving forward on how we can continue the station away from campus. Right now, we are pre-recording everything and uploading it to our SoundCloud page in the form of podcasts. In the coming days, we will be returning to do some live shows on klcr.org. 

The KLCR experience has been really rewarding for me, the team, and the listeners. When starting the club up, I made sure it could easily fit in people’s schedules and something they would find fun. Each host can plan, record, and promote their show and is motivated to pick something they enjoy. For our listeners, we hope it opens their ears and minds to new subjects, music, and people. 

Dewey’s Playhouse host, Audrey Peterson (’20), said, “I love doing my show! It is great because I get to spread positivity using my voice and music. Plus, radio is a career aspiration of mine. It is also fun being able to get guests on the show as well.”

The semester is winding down, but we have plenty planned over the final month. Dewey’s Playhouse just spoke with music artist and trumpeter, Spencer Ludwig, and he even performed for the show. Our NXT hosts – Nick Richter (’20), Thomas Rhomberg (’20) andmyself (Xavier Sanchez (’20)) – spoke with Chicago White Sox third baseman Jake Burger and Loras College 1967 graduate Greg Gumbel since leaving campus. Burger highlighted his life in baseball, managing the pandemic, and mental health. Gumbel shared some Loras College memories and his life in the booth, including a fun Rolling Stones moment. The NXT hosts will have several guests coming up as well, but they want everyone to check out some of their old interviews. Those include ones with Loras alum and Arizona Diamondback’s broadcaster Mike Ferrin (’98), Barstool Sport’s Dan Katz, and Fort Wayne Mad Ant’s forward Ben Moore. 

For more, make sure you check us out at @LorasRadio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. Also, for our audio content, visit https://soundcloud.com/lorasradio. If you are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact xavier.sanchez@loras.edu or paul.kohl@loras.edu.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).