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The Afterhours Ten Year Reunion Show

On Monday night, three former WKNC DJs got together for an Afterhours reunion show lasting from 6PM until 1AM. Pictured above from left to right are Rob Rousseau, Ben Thomas, and Steve Brown. For the past ten years, Ben and Steve have got together shortly before the beginning of the new year for the show. Rob participated in the set for the first time this year, although he has made guest appearances on past shows.


Ben and Steve getting a good laugh in from one of the more humorous Public Service Announcements aired between sets.

The Roots of Electronic Music on WKNC

Afterhours officially got its start as a nightly format in early 1997. It was named for the initial time it started, 12AM. Not long after it began, the show as well as the electronic dance music scene in general started to gain in popularity. It then moved to the 8PM to midnight slot, where it has been ever since. Prior to the beginning of Afterhours, electronic music on the station consisted of a few scattered shows here and there, mostly without a slot title. Rob called in to one of these shows, hosted by Dave Brock, and began his stint shortly thereafter in 1996.
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WKNC Program Spotlight: The Dance Dance Revolution

The best way to visualize the Dance Dance Revolution (Sundays at 8:00 P.M.) is to use an analogy Kyle mentioned when describing his show: If indie rock were fire and electro were ice, DDR would be the lukewarm water between the two. The official show tagline reads:

Start your Sunday nights off right by listening to all the best in synth-rock, dance-punk, electro-pop, electro-indie, and various other hyphenated genres.

Kyle isn’t just a DJ, he’s also the General Manager of the station. Whereas most DJs may have a one or two hour slot once a week, Kyle puts in around 30 or so hours a week running the place. This means WKNC is a student run operation at all levels–something that is not common amongst college radio stations.
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WKNC DJ Spotlight: Surge


Surge at Switch (the Berkeley) – photo credit Johnny C, formerly of Afterhours

Eric S., aka Surge, hosts the show on Afterhours on Wednesdays from ten until midnight. Each show he plays one of two almost completely opposite genres: 80s house or liquid funk drum and bass.

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