The festival, at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, is a fundraiser for the Lane-affiliated public radio station, with a homebrew competition and more than 150 craft beers.
“KLCC is NPR. We broadcast the NPR newsmagazine’s morning edition ‘All Things Considered,’ its weekend edition, and within those programs, we have local material, local content,” KLCC General Manager John Stark said, “such as reports from the state capital and throughout the Northwest. So, it is a combination of local, regional, national and international news.”
Within the last decade, KLCC has drifted more into reporting or “storytelling,” production director Don Hein said, with less time devoted to music.
“The majority of our listeners have been into the NPR programming that we do. We are an NPR affiliate with a significant music identity,“ Hein said.
KLCC transmitted from Lane before it moved downtown in 2008, reducing its visibility among students. The only artifact that remains on campus is a vacant RV parked in Lot L.
“The name of that RV is ‘Elsie.’ It is a mobile studio, and it is used to broadcast from events,” Stark said, such as the Oregon Country Fair.
“I don’t think a lot of students know that we have a radio station,” said Maranda Burrell, a Lane work-study student who has served as KLCC’s music librarian since July 2013.
Burrell works nine hours weekly, completing inventory of new music and organizing the extensive library for the station.
“I am currently filling the only work-study position. Next term, the position will open up. I don’t do any broadcasting. It’s a lot of data entry. But you still get to work in the environment and see how a radio station functions. It’s a really good place to be. I really enjoyed working here,” Burrell said.
KLCC offers many musical programs, generally in the evening, that include hours dedicated to jazz, folk, world music, blues — even the Grateful Dead, in a program titled Dead Air.
“We are a community service of Lane Community College so we broadcast to people throughout Oregon,” Stark said. “And we have some students integrated throughout the entire operation behind the scenes. Yes, we do have students who are on the air as reporters.”
Stark said there are opportunities for students at the station, whether through volunteer, internship or work-study.
“We have students from Lane as well as University of Oregon who participate at the station,” he said. “A student would contact the program director or the news director and ask them to consider their working at the station, their interning at the station, their volunteering at the station.”
However, before a student jumps at this opportunity, some skill sets are necessary for this type of work.
“We need pretty advanced journalistic skills. We can do internships and we can do work study, but it takes a fair amount of skill to be able to do that,” Hein said. “We welcome people but recognize that most people need to take that journalistic writing class. We’re not an entry-level radio station.”
Microbrew Festival organizers say they need volunteers next month for this event. Volunteers can sign up until Jan. 31, through KLCC’s website, www.klcc.org, under the Microbrew Fest header. The website also offers free streaming of the station’s broadcasts.