On Thursday evening, music fans will have the opportunity to attend a Battle of the Bands competition sponsored by Butler Radio KBTL 88.1 The Grizz.
The competition will feature five bands, and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hubbard Welcome Center at Butler Community College.
“With this event our ultimate goal is to get closer to the community and to use the radio as a launch point for other organizations to be able to have a voice in the community,” said Butler Radio’s Marketing/Promotion Director Kadrae Smith. “It’s our goal for The Grizz to Become something more and something different for the community.”
The Battle of the Bands will feature Christian, hip hop, rock and indie rock music performed by Looking for Yesterday, Gabe&Benny, Contagious Wednesday, Wesley Styles and The Fever Trend. The evening’s master of ceremonies will be D.J. Boscov, and there will be live video feeds of the bands playing on large screens.
General admission will cost $5 at the door, and $3 for Butler students with a current college ID.
Each person in attendance will be given a couple of purple pieces to place in the box of their favorite bands. The band with the most purple pieces will win the competition and $50 cash. The second place band will receive $30 and the third place band will get $20.
The event’s purpose is to help promote the radio station, which is staffed by mass communication students.
“We are on air two hours each week,” Smith said of each of the students involved. “We play whatever music we like.”
Since the person playing the music changes every two hours, the music genres change as well. The students are on the air from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. From 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, the students host talk shows covering a variety of topics.
“Butler Radio has been around for approximately six years under the advising of professor Keith West,” said Smith. “When Keith first came to Butler approximately six years ago there were only four students in the program and today there are over 25 students in the radio program.”
Just as the radio program at Butler has expanded, Smith would like to see the radio station’s presence in the community expand.
“Butler Radio is starting to work toward being more a part of the community by providing a large variety a music popular to the community and being able to participate in more community events,” he said. “Basically what Butler Radio is, we are a voice for Butler and the community. We allow community organizations to get on air. We want the community to be involved as much as possible.”
Page 2 of 2 - Smith said community organizations are welcome to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with public service announcements they would like to broadcast.
“It’s a very good resource for the community to use,” he said. “We have a lot of options for everyone in the community to get involved.”