SGA resolution asks to bring back KTCU jazz

As the meeting doors of Student Government Association’s House of Representatives opened, legislation flooded in.Three bills and three resolutions were voted on and passed Tuesday at the weekly House of Representatives meeting.

The bills, two of which called for the allocation of a combined $13,000 in funds toward university projects, all passed unanimously.

However, it was one of the resolutions that caused the most debate.

A resolution to request the immediate return of jazz programming to KTCU FM 88.7 “The Choice” was passed by a vote of 16-11 with four abstentions.

Justin Brown, Student Relations Committee chairman and author of the resolution, said as a member of the jazz community, he feels jazz has been “successful in increasing campus allure.”

“I think jazz is an important art form to America and the college arena,” Brown said. “The college community is where students are getting the opportunity to perform.”

Brown said as the title suggests, he is only requesting for the immediate return of jazz to the program.

“We are requesting it and looking at our options,” Brown said. “If they don’t agree, we look at community desire. We want to work with KTCU, not against them.”

Jace Thompson, Student Body president, opposed the resolution because of the precedent he believes it sets.

“When we start requesting for immediate changes, what does that mean for our organization?” Thompson said.

Brown said he believes SGA should be making changes.

“As SGA, we advocate and meet to discuss grounds for change,” Brown said. “I have written over 30 pieces of legislation, and we have requested change for years.”

Jeff Yale, KTCU program director, said he thinks the job of the radio station is to increase student listenership as the programming needs of students change.

“I have a lot of respect for jazz,” Yale said. “There is a lot of talent in jazz, but KTCU exists to educate people in radio, and one of the big things in radio is programming.”

Music manager Kari Shuler agreed but said she was still sad to see jazz go.

“I think trying to bring jazz back is a really great idea but there doesn’t need to be an uprising in students,” Shuler said.

Shuler said she likes jazz but supports the decision of the station.

“Not all change is negative,” Shuler said. “The music is still good now.”

Chance Welch, a sophomore radio-TV-film major and member of the House, said as a radio station that represents all students, KTCU should represent all genres.

“Even if the demand for jazz is not as much as the demand for rock or country, it’s still a demand,” Welch said.

Welch said he agreed the terminology of the resolution was harsh but said that doesn’t necessarily mean the idea has to be harsh.

“I think there can be compromise,” Welch said. “If that means reducing jazz airtime (from what it was before), then make that happen.”

Yale said he understands the different points of view but overall the people working at KTCU have done what they feel is best for the audience it caters to.

“What we’ve done is try to make the station younger but still keep it mixed,” Yale said. “Part of radio education is teaching how to program to a target audience, and I feel like we’ve done that here.