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Label Lookout – Spring ’24

Label Lookout, a semi-regular series at KRUI highlighting a few exciting contemporary record labels and what they have to offer. Here we feature six of the station’s favorite labels in this Spring ’24 Edition.

Tiger Slowinski (he/they)

General Manager (tslowinski@krui.fm)

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Senior

Origin: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

Bring together cool people so they can do cool people stuff and share their cool people stories!

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Tom Waits, Big Thief, The Avalanches, Cornelius, Sheena Ringo

What is your favorite form of public transportation?

The train! choo choo

John Glab (he/him)

Editor in Chief (jglab@krui.fm)

Major: Journalism and Creative Writing

Year: Sophomore

Origin: Dubuque, Iowa

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

Build connections to get more people aware of and reading the content on krui.fm on both a local, and nationwide scale.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Parquet Courts, Ovlov, feeble little horse, RAP Ferreira, Krill, They Are Gutting a Body of Water

When will the world end?

May 18th, 2048.

Case Fenner (any/all)

News Director (cfenner@krui.fm)

Major: Education and creative Writing

Year: Senior

Origin: Grinnell, Iowa

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

I want to create a space where we make far-fetched dreams a reality, where we make the news as often as we tell it, and where everybody is safe, welcome, and validated.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Destroy Boys, Indigo Girls, The Mountain Goats, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Orville Peck

What’s love got to do with it?

Everything man, everything.

Preston Venable (he/him)

Production Director: pvenable@krui.fm

Major: Computer Science, Communications Minor

Year: Senior

Origin: Eaton, Ohio

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

I wanna start producing great media for the station, and getting much of our great staff involved while doing it.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Tyler, the Creator, MF DOOM, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Anderson .Paak

What makes you like a song?

I think the production of a song is often the most important part. I believe it dictates everything about the song. I’m always drawn to a song with a good beat or background. 

Andrés Mora Mata (he/him)

Music Director (amoramata@krui.fm)

Major: Chemistry

Year: 4th-Year Graduate Student

Origin: Caracas, Venuzuela

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

Change the music proposition of KRUI, highlighting local artist and new sounds.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

DJ Babatr, Verraco, Bitter Babe, Nick Léon, Regal86, Ana Luisa, MJ Nebreda, INVT

What’s your favorite festival?

The Great Beyond in Minnesota. I went to their first edition and it was perfect. One that I haven’t been to but I want to go to really bad is Dekmantel in the Netherlands.

Michael Merrick (he/him)

Sports Director (mmerrick@krui.fm)

Major: Sports Studies and Journalism

Year: Senior

Origin: East Moline, Illinois

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

Further expand the Sports Department and put out more social media and online content throughout the year.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Marlon Craft, Kota the Friend, J Cole, Aaron May, Dominic Fike

What’s your favorite sport to cover?

Basketball is easily my favorite sport to cover because there is always so much action on the court at once. Plus being able to commentate and watch Caitlin Clark in person is an insane experience.

Nick Layeux (he/him)

Training Director (nlayeux@krui.fm)

Major: English and Creative Writing

Year: Junior

Origin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

Help people use the radio equipment and give tips on running a show!

Who are your favorite artists right now?

The Magnetic Fields, Hüsker Dü, Wednesday, Guided By Voices, Dougie Poole

What is one show you wish you could’ve seen live?

Tia Blake at the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier, March 1972. This is the only show she did to promote her album “Folk Songs and Ballads.”

Anna Kritz (she/her)

Marketing Director (she/her)

Major: Marketing

Year: Junior

Origin: Dubuque, Iowa

What are you trying to do wit KRUI this year?

I would like to reach a bigger audience within the student body and Iowa City community. As well as engaging with our listeners and getting them excited about KRUI as a station, and our events!

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Bon Iver, Ethel Cain, The Smashing Pumpkins, Taylor Swift, Paramore

If you could choose any actor to play you in a biopic about your life, who would it be?

Sadie Sink!

Mason Dunn (he/him)

Programming Director (mdunn@krui.fm)

Major: Human Physiology

Year: Junior

Origin: Davenport, Iowa

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

I am trying to put the best shows and DJs on air in Iowa City, and in all of student radio.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

JPEGMAFIA, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, Fontaines D.C.

If a classical musician had to make a rap song, and a rapper had to make a classical song, who would do it better?

If the rapper was also a producer, the rapper hands down. Rappers and producers don’t get the credit they deserve when it comes to musical ability, especially when it comes to sampling.

Emily Delgado (she/her)

Finance Director (edelgado@krui.fm)

Major: Journalism and Political Science

Year: Junior

Origin: Chicago, Illinois

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

By making sure we are present in the community by hosting events, selling merch and promoting our shows!

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Olivia Rodrigo, The Strokes, Cage the Elephant, The Beatles, Harry Styles

What would be your dream concert?

Hard to pick a dream concert but if time travel existed, I’d love to go and see the 1985 Live Aid, just because of the star-studded line up and old rock is one of my favorites music genres.

Ariana Lessard (she/her)

Underwriting Director (alessard@krui.fm)

Major: English, Creative Writing and Screenwriting

Year: Junior

Origin: Haddonfield, New Jersey

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

Learn new skills, meet new people, and help grow the organization!

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Taylor Swift, Eminem, AJR, Kesha, Marina

What is your greatest achievement?

When I was twelve I won three Kate Spade wallets and one Coach wallet with five dollars from a claw machine. The arcade put me on their Instagram.

Alex Lenaers (he/they)

Operations Director (alenaers@krui.fm)

Major: Music Composition and Computer Science

Year: Senior

Origin: Dubuque, Iowa

What are you trying to do with KRUI this year?

I want to give everyone more resources and better tools to broadcast.

Who are your favorite artists right now?

Stephen Sondheim, Doja Cat, Operation Ivy

On a scale from one to zero, how happy are you?

Nah.