DJ at WRBC The Blaze hopes to inspire
Published: Monday, February 21, 2011
Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011 15:02
After taking a great liking to podcasting and public speaking, sophomore Daniel Smrokowski thought it was only natural to make the transition into radio.
He has taken on dual roles as both a DJ and station director at Roosevelt University's student-run station, WRBC The Blaze. The journalism major says this gives him the opportunity to experience another medium after already serving as a contributor and photographer at the Torch.
"I was always curious about how things worked at a radio station and compelled by the power to inspire and entertain listeners through this type of format," he said.
Smrokowski started behind the scenes on the production crew at WRBC where he assisted with technical details and scheduling shows before transitioning to an on-air DJ in the fall of 2009.
This past fall, Smrokowski was asked to come on as a continuity director, which has required him to take on additional tasks.
"I help manage the station which includes setting up the programming schedule of shows, working closely with other directors, helping any of the DJ's as needed, attending staff meetings, sending out weekly email updates and ensuring all rules are followed," he shared.
Smrokowski's role as a DJ requires less tasks but more creativity. His radio show, "RU Inspired," features a variety of inspirational and Christian music, while sharing brief meditation reflection points from St. José Maria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.
"I share good news in a way that will invite listeners who may not be Christian to still be inspired and entertained," he explained.
Smrokowski admits to being nervous when first starting out on-air but that feeling has since subsided as he's progressed and gained more experience. His show airs weekly on Friday's from 3 to 4 p.m. on WRBC and can be heard online or on iTunes under the college radio application. His radio show also has a blog, ruinspiredshow.blogspot.com.
"I prefer behind the scenes as director and on-air for different reasons. I enjoy the active involvement as a director but on the other hand, I also enjoy being on-air because it's great experience to practice speaking on-air."
In his spare time Smrokowski works as a lab aid in the Communication Department, serves as a Special Olympics Illinois spokesperson and hosts and produces the Special Chronicles Podcast, which aims to promote the message of respect for people with intellectual disabilities.
"In the future, I would like to use ‘Special Chronicles Podcast' through a combination of all mediums to tell stories about those who are "differently abled" or diagnosed with a disability," he shared.