Real Life Lore: A Reflection on My Time at WONC

by Bryce Hillebrand

When I was a kid, I was told that I talked too much. In school, I would get detention for talking during class, and at home, I’d annoy my brother, day in and day out, by my endlessly running mouth. So, I started to become quieter. Fast forward to 2016, and I joined WONC. There, I was expected to talk to an audience! But as a radio DJ, you need to know when to talk and how to talk.

FM89 has been an incredible part of my time at North Central College. I can’t imagine college without thinking about WONC. I have met so many wonderful people and have developed many lifelong friendships. The thing about FM89 is that we are all family. No matter what happens in classes, what happens at home, or what happens in the world, we will always be connected through our mutual love for WONC. Without all the passionate people who make up its lifeblood, we would be no better than some random algorithm online. That personality is what makes the station truly special, and it is why I loved being a part of it for all 4 years of my college career.

In my senior year, I became the Production Director of the station AND I started up my own specialty show called Midgard & Beyond. I was able to contribute to the station’s personality by literally infusing my style into the station’s sound. Both were such incredible opportunities that I am so grateful for. I mean, who wouldn’t want to share the music they love with the people of the world? With my show, I was able to combine both my passions of metal music and audio production to create a wholly unique experience. Every week was a lot of work, but it was worth it every time. Thank you to everyone who gave my show a listen when it aired. It will return in another form sometime in the future, so be on the lookout for that…

I will be graduating with a degree in Computer Science. My career probably won’t be in radio, but that doesn’t mean my experience at WONC was worthless. I have learned so much about music, people, work ethic, responsibility, respect, and myself. Because of my show, I am actively seeking out new music to find and listen to. As for my time as Production Director, I have always loved creating things, and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. And as for being told to shut up as a kid…I’d say that I’m still pretty quiet now, but I have a lot more to say.

I’d like to thank everyone at the station, everyone in the computer science department, and especially Zach DeWitz for all the encouragement and support.

DJ Peefnor, signing off!