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00:00:00 - Beginning of WRFL

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Partial Transcript: --a group of highly, um, motivated, or I don't know what you want to call it...

Segment Synopsis: In this opening section, Widener introduces himself and talks about what he does for a living. He talks about how Kakie Urch got him involved with the WRFL radio station and what role he played as an alumni.

Keywords: "Punks"; Backgrounds; Cartoons; Kakie Urch; Kathleen "Kakie" Urch; Organizations; People; Radio Free Lexington (RFL); WRFL

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Kentucky Kernel.; WUKY. (Radio Station: Lexington, Ky.).

00:03:29 - Doubts about WRFL

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Partial Transcript: How, um, um, how likely did you think that it was that this, this thing was actually going to work out?

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about his involvement with WRFL and his expectations for the radio station. He was skeptical that the radio station would be accepted by the Lexington community due to the type of image the community was trying to hold. He talks about the problems that he thought RFL would face and his surprise that RFL was able to overcome those challenges.

Keywords: "Punks"; Communities; Involved; Needs; Radio Free Lexington (RFL)

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

00:05:32 - Appeal of WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Did you, um--you, you sort of touched on something that I think about a lot which is you know is RFL--

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about what made RFL attractive to so many people on campus. There were lots of people from lots of different backgrounds who were attracted to RFL. Widener explains why this was so.

Keywords: Radio Free Lexington (RFL); Scenes; WRFL; Weird

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; Reagan, Ronald; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Kentucky Kernel.

00:08:53 - Being a college student

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Partial Transcript: Um, um, el--but in continuing along those lines, um, can you, can you share some of your recollections about, about the University of Kentucky when you were a student there?

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about being a college student and how Lexington was different when he was in school. He talks about how he initially struggled when he came to the University of Kentucky because of the size of the campus. He also talks about the music scene in Lexington at the time and the lack of communication that existed when it came to booking bands.

Keywords: Corbin (Ky.); Experiences; Movements; Places; Small towns

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Louisville (Ky.); Music; Politics and government; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

GPS: Corbin (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.941667, -84.095556
00:12:05 - Politics

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Partial Transcript: So, um, let's see, before we talk about that, um, again I'm trying to--I'm curious about like, did you have any sense...

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about politics in the 1980s and how the wider punk scene influenced the local punk scenes. Widener worked as a cartoonist during the 1980s, specifically focusing on political cartoons. He talks about the changes in politics during that time, as well as his role in the Lexington community.

Keywords: "Punks"; Cares; Cartoons; Knows; People; Scenes; Spreads

Subjects: Broadcasting.; Carter, Jimmy, 1924-; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Gays; Lesbians; Lexington (Ky.).; Lexington Herald-Leader; Music; Politicians; Politics and government; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; Reagan, Ronald; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Administration; University of Kentucky. Kentucky Kernel.

00:18:19 - Passions of the WRFL group

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Partial Transcript: A couple times now, um, you've mentioned, uh, you know, passion, um, this fervent minority, um, and, uh, and people who really care about stuff.

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the passion of the RFL group and the amount of time many members of the group put into the radio station. There are some members of RFL who put so much time into the radio station that Widener wondered whether they were actually students or not. He also talks about how the passion of the students changed over time and how the change of students impacted the station.

Keywords: Kids; People; Radio Free Lexington (RFL); Schools; Times

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

00:23:23 - Personalities at WRFL / Production

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Partial Transcript: What are some other, um--some--I was gonna ask you about some, um, some of the early personalities of the station that you remember.

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the original students at RFL and the role that they played in the station. Widener specifically talks about the production crew at RFL. There was a lot of work put into the original production of the station and Widener talks about the people who helped make the station sound as good as it did.

Keywords: Jack Kirk; Jack Smith; Kakie Urch; Kathleen "Kakie" Urch; Mark Beaty; Production; Radio Free Lexington (RFL); Shows

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky; Women

00:28:27 - Diversity of people at WRFL

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Partial Transcript: You touched on something which, um, which I thought--w, was a memory of mine which is, um...

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the diversity of musical interests at WRFL. While all music was accepted at the station, the people who brought the music had to defend their genre of music. Widener talks about some of the tension that could arise at the station due to the diversity of musical interests at the station.

Keywords: Alternatives; Bands; Jane's Addiction (Artist); Jane's Addiction (Band); Kids; Metal; Paul Miles; Scott Ferguson; Shows

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College sports--Kentucky; College sports.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting of sports; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

00:37:50 - WRFL continuation

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about, um--do you have any, any thoughts about you know how it was that, um, you know, that this organization could be constructed in such a way that it continues to sort of perpetuate that on some level and hasn't imploded.

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the different generations that have come and gone at WRFL and the impact that each generation has made. There are times when the station would be in trouble and the students would step up to defend the station. Finally, Widener talks about how sad it is to see students leave when they graduate and about how he may never actually leave WRFL.

Keywords: Crews; Missions; People; Radio Free Lexington (RFL); WRFL

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

00:40:42 - Being a disc jockey

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Partial Transcript: So what do you remember--if, if we go back to the beginning, you know--what do you remember most about being on the air and working at the station once, you know, once it got on the air, once we were on the air?

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about working as a disc jockey for WRFL. He talks about the job of the disc jockey and the responsibilities of being a disc jockey at WRFL. He also talks about how the responsibilities of being a disc jockey have changed at WRFL over the years.

Keywords: DJs; Deejays; Disc jockeys; People; Play box; Playbox; Plays; Record companies; Records; Reviews

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

00:50:49 - First day the station aired

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Partial Transcript: Do you, um--were you there when, were you there when RFL went on the air?

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the first day the station aired. He says he was asleep when the station aired but that the radio was probably playing in the background. He also talks about how he did not listen to radio before WRFL because of the lack of variety on commercial radio.

Keywords: Airing; Listening; Listens; Radio Free Lexington (RFL); Shifts; Vampires; WRFL

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

00:53:06 - Impact of WRFL on University of Kentucky and Lexington community

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Partial Transcript: Um, do you have any, um, recollections of things that--of, of any, any things or, uh, things that were--that WRFL was involved in with UK that had kind of a, a significant, um, impact on UK?

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the impact that WRFL had on the student community and the greater Lexington area. WRFL had an empowering effect on the student population and allowed students to believe they could do great things. WRFL also had an impact on the local Lexington community and Widener tells a story to illustrate that point.

Keywords: Bill Hensley; Firsts; Radio Free Lexington (RFL); Ran; Right-wing; Student Government Association (SGA); UK; WRFL

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Folk music; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Kentucky Kernel.; World music.

00:59:37 - WRFL careers

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Partial Transcript: So--but should I say something about that?

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about his different careers as a disc jockey with WRFL. He started a show when the radio station first opened but then quit after several years. Shortly after he quit, he came back to work at the station with a new show. Widener explains why he left the station and why he ultimately came back.

Keywords: Airs; Bands; Bluegrass; Blues; Cassette tapes; Chimp rock; Emo; Records; Reds; Shifts; Shows; Tapes

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Education; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky; Women

01:08:38 - Commercial radio versus WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Um, let's see, we're gonna wrap up here.

Segment Synopsis: Widener talks about the difference between WRFL and commercial radio stations. With WRFL, he is able to be a disc jockey and play the music that he thinks ought to be played. With commercial radio, the disc jockey is told what to play and how to play it. Widener explains why he has not gone into commercial radio and why he continues to play at WRFL.

Keywords: Disc jockeys; Plays; Uncle Bill

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky

01:10:28 - Love of music

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Partial Transcript: What do you think like binds all the people who have ever worked at RFL together? Is there anything that kind of binds them together?

Segment Synopsis: In this closing section, Widener talks about the power of music and how it is able to bring people together.

Keywords: Binds; Loves; Ways; Young

Subjects: Broadcasting.; College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Music; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky