During a recent University of California Radio Network (UCRN) conference at Pomona College in Claremont, former KSPC 88.7 FM DJ and current radiosurvivor.com editor Jennifer Waits got a great kick out of revisiting her old studio stomping grounds. So much so that she took the tour twice.
Easily the most fascinating aspect of Waits’ drop-by’s is that they afforded her an opportunity to catch sight of yet another example of the handiwork of a mysterious, anonymous artistic benefactor. As she chronicled earlier this fall, dozens of campus radio stations around the country have wound up – often in ways that no one can quite remember – with funky, silver spray-painted cardboard art pieces displaying the outlet’s call letters. Per Waits’ blog post:
KSPC looked largely the same, although some of the technology had been updated. Just this year KSPC was able to move its transmitter and antenna, meaning that the 88.7 FM station now reaches many more listeners in the Los Angeles area. I was also intrigued to see another version of the mysterious radio station call letter sign that I’ve been spotting all over the country (signed, “your friend Leo”).
So who the heck is Leo? A humble fan of college campus radio Internet streams? An artist who saw a Banksy-like opening and seized it? No one currently knows. But this Thanksgiving, surely, students at KSPC and elsewhere will be giving thanks to the supportive spirit that enlivens folks like Leo.
[Photo also by Waits; used with permission]