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Music Staff Picks: The Best Releases of April

billy woods – Aethiopes On Aethiopes, billy woods reestablishes his strengths as a storyteller, with help from producer Preservation’s experimentally jazzy beats. By now, woods has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s greatest writers, and his brooding yet clever introspection sounds especially powerful over Preservation’s musical backdropping. Samples of pianos will twinkle across some tracks, and pound discordantly on others, while electric guitars ring and horns blow. By the time the harmonica enters the equation, the beats here are unparalleled. It is an enveloping atmosphere completed by excellent percussion, which moves between hand drums, full kits, and shuffling jangles … Continued

Outgoing 2017-2018 Directors

Kris Yambao

General Manager
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I find a lot of enjoyment in sharing stories on-air. I’ve met so many people from so many different walks of life and organizations. All of them have a unique and beautiful story to tell and I get to be the one to help tell it! Ain’t nothing better than that.
The last song I want to hear before I die: In My Life – the Beatles
Favorite Quote:“Better sexy and racy than sexist and racist.” -Stephen Fry
Random Fact:I have an extensive knowledge of 18th century breads. Go on, ask me.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where:Postmodern Jukebox – Englert Theatre

Asa Crowe
Programming Director
Major: Art (plus Geology Minor & Sustainability Certificate)
Hometown: Charleston, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Fame and riches. And getting to watch all kinds of people spread what they truly care about through the airwaves into all kinds of other people’s ears on a daily basis. But mostly fame and riches.
My show at KRUI: Crowe’s Nest
The last song I want to hear before I die: No Cigar by Millencolin
Favorite Quote:“I like being weird. Weird’s all I’ve got. That and my sweet style.” – Maurice Moss
Random Fact: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Jeffree Star at Wooly’s
Evan Bittner
Music Director
Major: History/English
Hometown: Carlisle, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: Rad tunes, rad peeps, and a chance to work with great people to turn out some remarkable things.
My show at KRUI: What’s Up With Music?, 10-11PM Fridays
The last song I want to hear before I die: Sleeping on the Roof – The Flaming Lips
Favorite Quote: “I can’t be played. A person trying to play me plays themselves.” – Prince AND “Swerve me? Ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves!” – Captain Ahab, Moby Dick, ch. 37
Random Fact: Some scholars argue that the reason Japan was able to industrialize in such a short period of time in the late 19th century was due to its unique cultural past as a society dominated by the samurai-warrior class, not because they got the idea from Europeans.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: This is a tough question…either Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in Portland, OR Moon Hooch at Gabe’s in Iowa City. Shout out to Black Mountain at the Mill, though, a close third.
Email: ebittner@krui.fm (if you send me unsolicited MP3s I won’t listen to them)
James Bongiovanni
Underwriting Director
Major: Computer Science and Marketing
Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois
Why I love working at KRUI: There is always room for improvement and opportunity within the station.
The last song I want to hear before I die: San Holo – Light
Favorite Quote: “Take care of your problems today because tomorrow will bring new ones”
Random Fact: I am a producer and make electronic music.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Martin Garrix at Spring Awakening 2017

Robby Brod
Production Director
Major: Communication Studies w/ English Minor
Hometown: Media, PA
Why I love working at KRUI: It’s a great community of people who all genuinely care about each other and about making the station the best it can be.
My show at KRUI: Boggy FM
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Montezuma” by Fleet Foxes. Makes me wanna die just listening to it.
Favorite Quote: “All I know is that my gut says maybe.”
Random Fact: I had a kidney stone as a teenager. Drink water, children.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: I may or may not have cried upon seeing Björk at Governors Ball 2015 in NYC.
Camden Palmisano
Sports Director
Major: Journalism and Sport Management
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Why I love working at KRUI:I love connecting with other staff members and creating memories.
My show at KRUI: Off the Ivy (MLB Show)
The last song I want to hear before I die: Go Cubs Go
Favorite Quote: “I never lose. Either I win or I learn.”
Random Fact: I was named after a baseball field (Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles).
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Zac Brown Band at Wrigley Field
Claire Dietz
News Director
Major: English and Journalism (Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies minor)
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I love the opportunity to be on air and really grow as a journalist.
My show at KRUI: Don’t have one… yet
The last song I want to hear before I die: Defying Gravity from Wicked
Favorite Quote: Keep going. — Everyone, ever
Random Fact: I have a black belt in taekwondo.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Hamilton in Chicago

Laura Jaime
Editor-in-Chief
Major: Communication Studies and Cinematic Arts, Event Planning Certificate
Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Everything about it including the people.
The last song I want to hear before I die: La Temperatura” Maluma ft. Eli Palacios
Favorite Quote: “Live your best life”
Random Fact: I can speak 2 ½ languages.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: DXS, somewhere in Mexico
Katy Stone
Marketing Director
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication/ Sports and Recreation Management (Double Major)
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
Why I love working at KRUI: I love being able to work in an environment that allows me to be as creative as I want and has an overall great group dynamic.
The last song I want to hear before I die: I’m not sure, but I have a wide variety of music so whatever it will be I’m sure it’ll be good.
Favorite Quote: “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die, follow your heart kid. You can never go wrong.”
Random Fact: I’ve been kissed by a beluga whale
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Blink-182 with All American Rejects and A Day to Remember, Woodlands 2016
Outgoing 2016-2017 Directors
Jack Howard
Operations Director
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: It allows me to work with and learn more about music
My show at KRUI: The Trip
The last song I want to hear before I die: She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles
Favorite Quote: “Of a truth too fantastic believed, he retains the meaning.” – Chris Marker
Random Fact: I collect records and that’s pretty fun.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Sigur Ros in Minneapolis

Justin Allen
Finance Director
Major: Finance
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Meeting new people and having the chance to work with some very diverse and passionate individuals
My show at KRUI: Fantasy Football Show
The last song I want to hear before I die: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
Favorite Quote: “Do you wanna do something fun? Wanna go to Taco Bell?” -Karen from Mean Girls
Random Fact: I have a slight obsession or crush on Ariana Grande. My room is covered with memorabilia and I have every song of hers. So you decide if it’s an obsession or crush. Only a matter of time before I date her.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Smash Mouth in Orlando
Nic Nelson
Music Director
Major: Cinema
Hometown: Jamaica, Iowa
The last song I want to hear before I die: Frank Sinatra’s recording of “Swinging On A Star”
Favorite Quote: “Whatchou’ know ’bout green eggs and ham!” -Pete Holmes
Random Fact: I was a member of Heartland Youth Choir for 10 years

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Phillip Ricks
Underwriting Director
Major: Philosophy (PhD Program)
Hometown: Denver, CO
Why I love working at KRUI: Connecting with the community, meeting people, and building meaningful relationships with friends, old and new.
My show at KRUI: Smokin Grooves, Fridays 6pm-8pm.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Nina Simone, “Feelin Good”
Favorite Quote: “The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth.” —Chief Seattle
Random Fact: I have planted over 1,000 native trees and shrubs in Iowa since moving here in 2012.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Hard to say, so I’ll just go with Bonobo at the Ogden Theater in Denver. My three favorite shows in Iowa City were Sinkane at The Mill, Yo La Tengo at the Englert, and Shellac at Gabe’s.
Email: philricks@krui.fm

Cassandra Santiago
News Director
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Saint Croix, USVI
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI gives me the freedom to explore and improve transferrable skills such as writing, public speaking, and being a team player + leader.
My show at KRUI: Sherb Speaks
The last song I want to hear before I die:  I’m too indecisive to choose so I’ll go with silence.
Favorite Quote: “No quiero vivir mi vida enclavizada por mis temores.”
Random Fact: I love watching telenovelas.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Drake at the United Center in Chicago
Email: csantiago@krui.fm
Tanvi Yenna
Editor-in-Chief
Major: English and Spanish
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Incredible opportunities and the people are okay too.
My show at KRUI: Decolonize Your Mind (4pm-5pm on Fridays).
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack” – Liars
Favorite Quote: “The thing you are most afraid to write. Write that.” – Nayyirah Waheed
Random Fact: Dolphins recognize and admire themselves in mirrors.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Lizzo at 80/35 2016.
Email: tyenna@krui.fm
Outgoing 2015-2016 Directors

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Alyssa Bovinette
General Manager
Major: Violin Performance & Journalism and Mass Communication
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Every single person at this station (past/present) is crucial to its quality and longevity. Being one of the few places on campus where you’ll rarely be asked to explain yourself, KRUI is a family, a home, and the raddest alternative media source in Iowa City. We’re the strange cousins you’ve been dreaming of.
My show at KRUI: Third Place, Sundays 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Get Dancin’ by Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes
Favorite Quote: “Ten wheels, two legs, all business.” – Hawkmerica 2015
Random Fact: Ira Glass and I are getting married next summer – Engagement: TBA
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Little Ruckus…so much booty!
Email: abovinette@krui.fm

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Abby Thomas
Training Director
Major: Journalism and English
Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: One part work, one part beautiful people, one part always a good effin’ time.
My show at KRUI: Abby and Ian Show, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10am
The last song I want to hear before I die: Safety Dance
Favorite Quote: “Go forth and do great things,” said by my ELP teacher in high school.
Random Fact: If I had to pick one substance to drown in, I’d pick hummus.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Either Paul McCartney in Tacoma, WA or WHY? in Iowa City, IA
Email: athomas@krui.fm

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Alex Restrepo
Editor-in-Chief  KRUI.FM, Director of Online Content
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication, also getting a Writing Certificate
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: The awesome opportunities I have within the music industry and the very cool people that KRUI brings along with it.
My show at KRUI: Afternoon Delight, Fridays
The last song I want to hear before I die: “I Lived” by OneRepublic
Random Fact: I’ve been to over 70 concerts in the past 6 years.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: SO MANY. The one’s that stick out now are Bruno Mars at SummerFest, Queen w/Adam Lambert in Chicago, The Head and the Heart at the Englert, and Sam Smith in Chicago.
Email: arestrepo@krui.fm

Sophia Finster
Marketing Director
Major: Marketing Major, Sustainability Certificate, and Dance Minor
Hometown: Monona, WI
Why I love working at KRUI: The possibilities for shows on KRUI are endless. I also really enjoy making my show into a podcast. The people here aren’t too bad either.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Coffee by Sylvan Esso
Favorite Quote: “The rainforest holds answers to questions we have yet to ask.”
Random Fact: My full initials spell SELF and I can’t snap.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: St. Vincent at Pitchfork music festival 2014 or Father John Misty spring 2015 at the Englert. He signed a poster for me on a dumpster.
Email: sfinster@krui.fm

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Ben Cunningham
Finance Director
Major: Business Analytics
Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: The station’s spirit, extending from its unprecedented synthesis of tangential student groups, is unshakable and inspirational.
The last song I want to hear before I die: ”Dell’invito trascorsa è già l’ora” from La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi
Favorite Quote: “IM DOING WHATEVER AND FEEL OK” – Kool A.D.
Random Fact:  I love Danish television!
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Cloud Nothings / Protomartyr @ Gabe’s, Iowa City
Email: bcunningham@krui.fm

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Austin Bramley
Sports Director
Major: Journalism/Mass Communications, Sports Studies
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Why I love working at KRUI: I love working with great people on a daily basis.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
Favorite Quote: “There’s nothing better than being American. So, I mean, this is the greatest feeling. If you don’t love it, leave it! USA, number one!”-Ricky Stanzi
Random Fact: Just because I’m from South Dakota doesn’t mean I went to school in a tipi and road a horse to my friends house.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Email: abramley@krui.fm

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Brad Pector
Programming Director
Major: English & Photography
Hometown: Barrington, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Finding new contacts in the community
The last song I want to hear before I die: Outro by M83
Random Fact: Played baseball for 13 years
Email: bpector@krui.fm

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Patrick Lenane
Underwriting Director
Major:  Communication Studies
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: Meeting amazing people and making great friends.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Rubber Ball by Cage the Elephant
Favorite Quote: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
Random Fact: My favorite thing to do with friends is to watch bad movies.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Cage the Elephant at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI
Email: plenane@krui.fm

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Peder Goodman
Production Director
Major: Cinema and Animation
Hometown: The Point of Strawberry
Why I love working at KRUI: There’s an awesome opportunity for learning and meeting new people all in a funky atmosphere.
The last song I want to hear before I die: When I Was Done Dying by Dan Deacon
Favorite Quote: “The first step to creating dinosaurs, as most scientists will tell you, is to track the sky.”  – Seth Worley from RedGiant
Random Fact: 8 x broken collarbone
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: James Blake at the Englert Theater
Email: pgoodman@krui.fm 

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Kris Yambao
Director of News
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I find a lot of enjoyment in sharing stories on-air. I’ve met so many people from so many different walks of life and organizations. All of them have a unique and beautiful story to tell and I get to be the one to help tell it! Ain’t nothing better than that.
My show at KRUI: Friday Night LIVE – 5pm Fridays
The last song I want to hear before I die: In My Life – The Beatles
Favorite Quote: “Better sexy and racy than sexist and racist.” -Stephen Fry
Random Fact: I have an extensive knowledge of 18th century breads. Go on, ask me.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Here Come the Mummies! – Frontier Days 2013
Email: kyambao@krui.fm
Outgoing 2014-2015 Directors

Tony “Tone Bone” Andrys
General Manager
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Swisher, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: The ability to play two hour Neil Young/Animal Collective bootleg sets at 2 AM and receiving nothing but encouragement from listeners.
My show at KRUI: The Alter-Nineties, Thursdays from 6-8 PM on 89.7 FM. Primarily 80s/90s alternative rock– If it was ever on SST, Touch and Go, or Matador, and it was good, you’ll (hopefully) find it here.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Diamond Sea” by Sonic Youth

Ian Brauer
Technology Director
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: The music is great and the people are even better!
My show at KRUI: Ian and Abby show
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Big Sleep” by Streetlight Manifesto or “The Winter” by Balmorhea
Random Fact: I play the harmonica when I walk around the city. If you hear me say hi!

Joe Rajchel
Sports Director
Major: Political Science and Journalism/Mass Communications
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Why I love working at KRUI: Not only has the station given me amazing broadcasting opportunities, it has allowed me to meet and learn from people with so many different backgrounds. My experience in the sports department is that we all love sports, but we all come at them from a different angle, which is just brilliant.
My show at KRUI: The Morning Drive, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 AM and Center Ice, Wednesday 12 noon.
The last song I want to hear before I die: All Star by Smash Mouth. Greatest song of all time? Yes.
Random Fact: I binge watched Game of Thrones in four days.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Weird Al Yankovic

Ryan Smaha
Finance Director
Major: Finance, Management, Certificate in Leadership Studies
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: The people. Really, I’ve never worked in a more collaborative setting in which everyone genuinely cares about producing quality programming. Anything you need information on, you can find someone in KRUI that either knows about it and is passionate about it, or knows someone who is.
My show at KRUI: Hawkmerica, Wednesdays from 4-5 pm; Soccer Hour, Sundays from 3-4 pm
The last song I want to hear before I die: Back In Black. Go Hawks.
Random Fact: I have an elbow that won’t straighten completely. It’s weird, but also really cool.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Karaoke at Blue Moose on Thursday nights. Because I’m a troll.

Joe McGuire
Training and Production Director
Major: BA English, BBA Analytics
Hometown: Wheeling, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: The station fosters a lot of creativity and enthusiasm, as well as a healthy dose of rebelliousness. We get to play music others can’t, cover sports with deeper analysis, and discuss ideas that might have been forgotten or outright dismissed by other media. It’s a diverse and enriched conversation.
My show at KRUI: The New Deal, Fridays at 10AM.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Born Under a Bad Sign,” by Albert King.
Random Fact: I love the National Park System and therefore am a National Parks Voter. “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: The Roots. By Far.
Outgoing 2013-2014 Directors

AJ Honoré
General Manager
Major: Strategic Management & Innovation; Marketing (MBA Candidate)
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI can do what no other media entity in Iowa City is capable of. With a well-equipped learning laboratory and a huge group of highly motivated individuals coming together in one organization, real magic can happen.
My show at KRUI: Black Sabbath, Sundays 10 PM-12 AM, Free-Form
The last song I want to hear before I die: Theme from “Once Upon A Time In The West”

Josh Schulte
IT Director
Major: Computer Informatics
Hometown: Urbandale, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: The walk-in closet at the KRUI studio filled wall-to-wall with CDs.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Dance Yourslf Clean” by LCD Soundsystem
Random Fact: I used to have an unhealthy obsession with U2, mostly because of my dad who named me after their album “The Joshua Tree”

Sarah E. Monson
Programming Director for 89.7 FM
Major: MBA with a focus in Marketing
Hometown: McHenry, Illinois (the town where the movie Dogma is set, but not filmed)
Why I love working at KRUI: I love the people that radio attracts, its a fun crazy mix.
My show at KRUI: On The Lab it’s B-sides and 89.7 it’s Death by X Chromosomes
The last song I want to hear before I die: Maybe “It’s All Right” by the Impressions. That song is pretty stellar, or “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by the Smiths or something deep and outstanding that is escaping me at the moment.

Kristina Gonzalez
Marketing Director
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication and Spanish
Hometown: Schaumburg, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: There’s always something going on and nothing beats the huge cd collection.
My show at KRUI: The Real Freshman Orientation
The last song I want to hear before I die: “With Arms Outstretched”- Rilo Kiley and “Changes” – 2Pac to return to my California roots.
Random Fact: I am a huge TV addict. I watch (almost) everything. Oh and my favorite food? Potatoes

Skaaren Cossé
Administrative Director
Major: Finance, International Studies
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Great people, great music, and very few rules
My show at KRUI: Permission to Boogie, airing 9-10 PM Sunday nights on 89.7 FM
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Secret Meeting” by The National
Bria Davis
Sports Director
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication w/ concentration in Spanish
Hometown: Huntley, Illinois
Why I love working at KRUI: I love working at KRUI because of the experience it offers to students at any stage or level of interest. I love that it truly is student run and fully functional.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Crossroads” by Bone Thugs and Harmony
Random Fact: I hate lemonade, lemon slices in my water, lemon Starbursts, lemon Skittles and anything else lemon.
Outgoing 2012-2013 Directors

Fred Galoso
Technology Director
Major: IMIS and Computer Science
Hometown: Muscatine, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI is an awesome place: Passionate community, awesome music, and cool people.
My show at KRUI: Stackd Show, Saturdays 3-4 PM on 89.7 FM. I co-host with my roommate Stephen. Few places where you’ll hear auto-tuned weather reports and the latest in tech + biz.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “So Here We Are” by Bloc Party

Jesse Marks
Programming Director for The Lab
Major: English
Hometown: Kitchener, ON
Why I love working at KRUI: The doughnuts. Greatest doughnuts I’ve ever eaten at a meeting. Also, the ice cream parties!
My show at KRUI: The Jesse Marks Variety Hour, Sundays 5-6pm on 89.7 FM. Jesse Marks comes into your ears and blows your mind all over your face.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky 

Max Johnson
Music Director
Major: English
Hometown: Sioux City, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: Everyone who works here is the best person ever.
My show at KRUI: Live from 380, Saturdays 5-6 PM on 89.7 FM; a collection of the best in-studio performances and interviews. Also, Six and Six and Six, a carefully curated, semester-long journey through the output of Jandek on Saturdays from 2-3 PM on 89.7 FM.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Seer” by Swans, partially because it’s awesome and partially because it’s a half-hour long so I’d get an extra half-hour to live.

Kendall McCabe
Editor-in-Chief of KRUI.FM
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication, International Studies
Hometown: Cherry Valley, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Our fun times, our quote book, and meetings with delicious food.
My show at KRUI: KRUI.FM Web Show, Saturdays 3-4 PM on 89.7 FM and Max & Kendall In The Evening, Saturdays 5-6 PM on 89.7 FM; KRUI archived in-studios and recorded Iowa City shows.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!” by Sufjan Stevens

Elizabeth Penisten
News Director
Major: English and Political Science
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI is my way of staying involved with the community of Iowa City. The KRUI News Department, especially, is a great way to learn about on-air broadcasting and news reporting. My skills as a writer have definitely strengthened since working for KRUI. Most of all, I love working at KRUI because it gives me the chance to write and give life to stories across the state and around the world that would otherwise go unknown.
My show at KRUI: News @ 5, Tuesdays 5-6 PM on 89.7 FM. The KRUI News Team delivers your top of the hour newscasts, feature stories, in-studio interviews, and round-table discussions covering the latest news issues and current events.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Home for the Holidays” by the Carpenters

Vanessa Ruiz
Marketing Director
Major: Marketing with a Mass Communication minor
Hometown: Clear Lake, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: All of the beautiful people that work there with me!
My show at KRUI: The Real Freshman Orientation (Tuesdays, 8-9 PM), on which myself and a motley crew of marketing staffers tell you “what you really need to know about life in Iowa City,” and Thematic (Tuesdays, 9-10 PM), for which I choose a theme each week and create a playlist based on that theme.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “What Would I Want? Sky” by Animal Collective

Jason Larson
Production Director
Major: History, minor in Mass Communications
Hometown: Maquoketa, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: The freedom to have my own show, working for the University of Iowa
My show at KRUI: Local Tunes, Tuesdays 10 PM-12 AM on 89.7 FM
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan
Outgoing 2011-2012 Directors

Emily Woodbury
News Director
Major: Journalism & Political Science
Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I get excited to come to work because of the great atmosphere, people, music, and broadcasting experience I’m getting and sharing with the News team.
My show at KRUI: News @ 5, Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm on 89.7 FM. The KRUI News Team delivers your top of the hour newscasts, feature stories, in-studio interviews, round-table discussions on the latest news issues, and your favorite news segments.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Madeleine Stroth
Sports Director
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
Hometown: Forest Park, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI offers endless possibilities and learning opportunities for its staff and above all gives us an outlet to do what we love.
My show at KRUI: From the Cheap Seats, Mondays at 5pm on 89.7 FM. Bringing you all the updates on non-revenue Hawkeye sports.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
Jake Stanbro
Operations Director
Major: Music Performance (vocal & jazz bass)
Hometown: Muscatine, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: Working at the radio station give me a chance to apply my skills to something useful. When I hear something on the air that I was part of, it feels good to know that I’m part of the reason why it happened.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Epilogue” by The Receiving End of Sirens (I’d listen to the whole album time permitting)
Outgoing 2010-2011 Directors
Mary Kate Bordewick
Administrative Director
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Glen Ellyn IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Because of the people I’ve met. I love that every person working at KRUI is so dedicated to what they do, and they come in at odd hours to fill the community with the best music they can find. I think it is just great and I am so happy to have gotten involved!
My show at KRUI: Blues Before Sunrise, Mondays 10-Midnight on 89.7 FM. I always play the Blues with a bit of soul and jazz if the mood strikes. I focus on Chicago Blues and Soul, but play plenty of Prewar Blues, Motown, and newer artists looking to recreate the old sound.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Pull A U” by The Kills
James Ferguson-Mahan
In-Studio Liaison
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Evanston, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Working with people who share the admiration and love for music. Also free new music!
My show at KRUI: The Trifecta, Sundays 8-10pm on 89.7 FM. Three great music heads mix an eclectic taste of music sure to delight all listeners.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “I Shall Be Released” by Bob Dylan and The Band (from the Last Waltz)
Alex Fritz
Production Director
Major: English with a minor in Film
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Maximum authority with minimal oversight.
My show at KRUI: Theater of the Mind, Wednesdays 10pm-Midnight on 89.7 FM. Rising from the ashes of the Iowa City music/comedy scene dominated by two-bit hacks and rejected Real World contestants, Alex Fritz, Jesse Marks, and James Kelly come together for the greatest radio show KRUI has ever seen! (At least the best show @ 10 pm on Wednesdays in the Main Studio). Deadbeat dad and co-founder Alex Rich will call in occasionally.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Thick as a Brick” by Jethro Tull
Brad Gaspelin
Assistant News Director
Major: English
Hometown: Colliervile, TN
Why I love working at KRUI: It’s the ultimate soapbox, plus it gives me something to put on my resume.
My show at KRUI: KRUI News at 5, at 5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. We give you your news headlines as well as feature stories, interviews, and weird news from across the nation.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic, maybe it will pump up my heart into living for a few more minutes.
Mari Gunn
Programming Director for The Lab
Major: Communication Studies & Japanese
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Iowa City has an incredibly diverse and thriving music scene, which I’m proud to be part of. It’s awesome to work with music in a city that loves music. Not to mention, I get to do it with the coolest kids in town.
My show at KRUI: Twee & Crumpets, Wednesdays 8-9pm in The Lab. Is your Wednesday night not quite cute enough? Tune in for some after dinner twee!
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Parentheses” by The Blow
Drew Ingersoll
Music Director
Major: Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: THA MUSIC and THA PEOPLE
My show at KRUI: Daytrotter Radio, Fridays 5-6pm on 89.7 FM. Spinning the best Daytrotter Sessions you’ve ever heard.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Hit The Ground Running” by Smog or “A Little Lost” by Arthur Russell
Emma McElherne
Programming Director for 89.7 FM
Major: Communication Studies & Spanish
Hometown: LaGrange Park, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: You get the best hipster sightings on campus. Also, it’s a fun atmosphere where creative minds come together to generate pure musical, literary, and artistic awesomeness.
My show at KRUI: The Trifecta, Sunday Nights from 8-10pm on 89.7 FM. We play the best of the newest and the oldest, along with those guilty pleasures you love but would never admit.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Debaser” by The Pixies
Melissa Osman
Underwriting Director
Major: English
Hometown: Okoboji, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI is (a) full of bomb people to work with, (b) a great opportunity to learn about how a station really works, and (c) super fun.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” (yep, seriously — Wizard of Oz)
Patrick Dawson Quinn
Marketing Director
Major: Marketing and Journalism
Hometown: Evergreen Park, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I get to hang out with the cool people in a cool office. Sometimes those people laugh at my bad jokes and I feel better about myself.
My show at KRUI: South Side Sound, Sunday nights from 10pm-Midnight on 89.7 FM with the man, Kevin Lee. He rants about things and I laugh about other things.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Death really freaks me out.
Kif Richmann
Sports Director
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication & Communication Studies
Hometown: Waverly, IA – Go Hawks! 
Why I love working at KRUI: It is a great experience to work with radio broadcasting and sports coverage on a flexible schedule.
My show at KRUI: From the Cheap Seats, Mondays at 5pm on 89.7 FM. Covers all the Iowa Hawkeye Sports that don’t get the attention of other media outlets: volleyball, wrestling, track and field, baseball, etc.
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Fish On” by Primus
Alexandria Sturtz
Assistant Programming Director for The Lab
Major: English and Secondary Ed.
Hometown: Marion, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: We offer great experiences in both music and developing professional skills. It helps that it’s enjoyable, too.
My show at KRUI: Mondays, 3-5pm on 89.7 FM. I play a regular rotation show, bringing great sounds to KRUI listeners and a few anecdotes as well
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Gone Away” by Safetysuit