Interview with Mark M. Beaty, October 12, 2008

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Coming to Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, that sounds great.

Segment Synopsis: In this opening section, Beaty talks about why he moved to Kentucky and what he did once he was there. Beaty moved to Lexington with his wife and started taking premedical courses. Beaty talks about some of his experiences in school and the difficulties he had becoming a pre-med student.

Keywords: Fried; Interesting; Medical

Subjects: College students; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Medicine; Political science; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; Surgeons; University of Kentucky

00:04:56 - Learning about WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Actually, it was probably about that time that I, you know, picked up the Kentucky Kernel that had Kakie's article in it.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about how he got involved with RFL through Kakie's article on why the University of Kentucky needed a student-run radio station. He talks about the work that was done to create a student radio station before the article and the unexpected results the article had. Beaty also talks about his previous college radio experience before he came to the University of Kentucky and his inspiration for working with RFL.

Keywords: Articles; Campuses; Experiences; Guys; Kakie Urch; Kathleen "Kakie" Urch; Kentucky Kernel (newspaper); Meetings; Newspapers; RFL; WRFL; Working

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

00:09:45 - First meeting of WRFL

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Partial Transcript: And, and then the first time that I, uh--the, the first recollection I have of getting involved with the organization was what I believe was in fact the first meeting of a real group.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about the first RFL meeting that he attended. He believes it was the first RFL meeting ever to take place. He tries to recall some of the original participants of the meeting as well as what was talked about at the meeting.

Keywords: Firsts; Meetings; People; RFL; WRFL

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

00:11:55 - Meeting Paul Davidson

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Partial Transcript: Um, Paul had a story--I talked to Paul a couple weeks ago...

Segment Synopsis: Beaty briefly talks about his recollection of meeting Paul Davidson. Paul Davidson has said that he introduced Beaty to the RFL group. Beaty agrees that it was very possible that Paul introduced him to RFL.

Keywords: Meetings; Paul Davidson; RFL; WRFL

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

00:13:09 - Leadership of WRFL

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Partial Transcript: So, um, let's see.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about some of the early leaders of RFL. Kakie is credited with being the one to start RFL. Beaty elaborates on the leadership structure and which people contributed in which ways.

Keywords: Clears; Kakie Urch; Kathleen "Kakie" Urch; Leaders; RFL; WRFL; Working

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

00:17:10 - Interest in WRFL

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Partial Transcript: What was it that--you come to school as a premed major--or, or working in that direction.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about his motivation for joining RFL. His original motivation for joining RFL was to get air time on the radio station. RFL became more than just a means for getting on the air and became Beaty's social group, a phenomenon Beaty expands on.

Keywords: Groups; Hanging out; Offices; Playing music; RFL; Social; WRFL

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

00:21:02 - Culture of Lexington

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Partial Transcript: What was your impression of the climate of, of, of--I hate when I ask two questions at one time.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about the culture of Lexington. Specifically, he talks about the music culture in Lexington when he came to the University of Kentucky. While the music culture was certainly there in Lexington, it was harder to find alternative music without the alternative radio station.

Keywords: Communities; Perceptions; Scenes

Subjects: 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

00:26:24 - Group personality

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Partial Transcript: So you start this, um--so this group starts to come together--

Segment Synopsis: Beaty briefly talks about the RFL group personality and what might have attracted people to the group.

Keywords: Groups; Happening; Outsiders; RFL; WRFL

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

00:28:50 - Outside help

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Partial Transcript: Okay so, um, so we've got this group of people and still, I mean, you need help to do this, right?

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about the role of outside help and its relevance. Beaty argues that while the station certainly benefited from the help it received, the students did a very good job of building the radio station themselves.

Keywords: Applications; Built; Helping; Issues; Money; Outside; RFL; WRFL

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

00:33:24 - Fundraising

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Partial Transcript: So, um, so now you're kinda on this time-frame and, uh, needing to raise a pretty decent pile of money for some college students.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about the fundraising efforts and methods that the RFL had to do to build the radio station. From asking the administration for money, to doing phone-a-thons, to hosting concerts, there were many ways that RFL raised money for the radio station.

Keywords: Concerts; Folk; Funding; Money; Participation; Phone-a-thons; RFL; WRFL

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

00:41:35 - Getting other people interested in the station

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Partial Transcript: Another thing that was kind of extremely, um, beneficial and unusual was the fact that Kakie's column was allowed to include a ballot, kind of.

Segment Synopsis: Before RFL could get the financing for the radio station, people had to be convinced of the radio station. Beaty talks about the points that RFL members used to promote the radio station and show its usefulness.

Keywords: Ballots; Fees; Populations; Promotion; RFL; Runs; Underground; WRFL

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

00:51:24 - Role in building the radio station

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Partial Transcript: Let's, let's talk about what we were just talking about a second.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about his role in creating WRFL. When it came to building the radio station, Beaty helped with the technical construction of the radio station.

Keywords: Building; Builds; Involvement; Points; RFL; WRFL

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

00:56:03 - Moving from Miller Hall to student center

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Partial Transcript: Um, well let's he--digress for a moment and--

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about moving from Miller Hall to the Student Center. When asbestos was found in Miller Hall, the RFL group had to move to the Student Center. Beaty talks about his recollections of the move.

Keywords: Building; Builds; Expansions; Miller Hall; Points; Productions; RFL; WRFL

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

01:03:08 - Using computers

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Partial Transcript: And one of the things that's always awed me to this day is--and I don't know if you're the culprit or not but--

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about using computers at the station. Using computers to operate a radio station was generally new. Beaty talks about the reason why RFL chose to use computers and the difficulties Beaty had in adapting to computers.

Keywords: Computers; Creating; Databases; Programming; RFL; WRFL; Working

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

01:15:26 - Using the playbox

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Partial Transcript: Well and I, uh, I mean I think in, in retrospect, and again it's still in force, but you know it's, it's a, uh--it allowed people to, like you said, uh, easily work within this framework.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty continues to talk about the technical aspect of the radio station, specifically focusing on the playbox RFL used. He talks about who used the playbox and why it was important in shaping the radio station.

Keywords: Playbox; Programmers; RFL; WRFL

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

01:19:01 - Deejays

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Partial Transcript: Um, talk about--this is--let's see.

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about getting deejays for the radio station. He said it was difficult getting people on the radio station who the leaders wanted to represent RFL. He also talks about how proud he was that the radio station has been able to consistently be on the air 24/7.

Keywords: DJs; Deejays; Disc jockeys; Jamie Tittle; Mainstream; Overnights; RFL; Remembering; WRFL

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

01:28:06 - Professionalism at WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Did you see a kind of implied level of professionalism among, among, you know, the, the very earliest--the earliest days of RFL?

Segment Synopsis: Beaty talks about the earliest days of RFL. Many people at RFL wanted the radio station to be as professional as possible. Beaty tries to explain why that is so. In this section, he also shares how difficult it is for him to find specific memories about people at RFL.

Keywords: Atmosphere; Attitudes; Jobs; Professionals; RFL; WRFL

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

01:30:51 - Chainsaw story

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Partial Transcript: Can y, can y--would you care to share your recollection of, of the chainsaw episode?

Segment Synopsis: Beaty shares his memories of one of the biggest problems at RFL. Beaty shares his recollection of someone using a chainsaw in the studio, as well as what other people said happened.

Keywords: Asleep; Chainsaws; Guys; Heard; RFL; Stories; WRFL

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

01:37:20 - Closing remarks

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Partial Transcript: Um, let's see, so just to wrap up for now um, I mean I could ask you a question or I could just say...

Segment Synopsis: In this closing section, Beaty talks about what working with RFL has meant for him. He talks about the influence RFL had on his life and how it helped shape him as a person. Finally, Beaty talks about the impact of WRFL on the community.

Keywords: Missions; Projects; RFL; WRFL

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