Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Mick Jeffries, September 25, 2008

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Joining WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Um, my name is Mick Jeffries.

Segment Synopsis: In this opening section, Jeffries talks about why he joined RFL. He went to college at DePaul University and had a radio show there. When Jeffries started going the University of Kentucky and heard about the radio station, he wanted to take the opportunity to be a part of another college radio station.

Keywords: 1987; Donna Thorndale; Eighty-seven; First; Meetings; Miller Hall; RFL; Remembering; Rhea Perkins; WRFL

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 programs.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Administration; University of Kentucky. Administrative Policies

00:08:08 - Miller Hall

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Partial Transcript: So, you know, mostly I think about, um, what started happening in the lead up to us actually going on the air.

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about starting out in Miller Hall. He describes the atmosphere and his role at RFL. He would review the records that were sent to RFL. He describes the process he used to review the records and why it was important that these reviews be done.

Keywords: Albums; Basements; Graffiti; Miller Hall; RFL; Records; WRFL

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

00:11:39 - Building the radio station

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me about, uh, building the station and actually creating--what that was like?

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about moving from Miller Hall to the Student Center. Asbestos was found at Miller Hall and the radio station could no longer be there. Jeffries talks about the move and the construction of the radio station.

Keywords: Asbestos; Buildings; Computers; Macintosh; PCs; RFL; WRFL

Subjects: College students; College students--Kentucky--Lexington--Societies, etc.--History.; College students--Social life and customs; Lexington (Ky.).; Mayors--Kentucky--Louisville; Music; Musicians; Radio; Radio broadcasters--Interviews; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky; Radio broadcasting--Kentucky.; Radio stations.; Radio--History.; Singletary, Otis A.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky--Administration; University of Kentucky. Administrative Policies; WUKY. (Radio Station: Lexington, Ky.).

00:13:57 - Using Macintosh computers

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Partial Transcript: What I did do, and what I actually led directly to my career in graphic design, was monkey with one of the very first Macintosh computers that I had ever seen.

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about his introduction to Macintosh computers and graphic design. He began working with Macintosh computers as a hobby. One of the leaders at WRFL saw his interest and asked him to become the traffic director since he had experience working with the formats the station used.

Keywords: Computers; Directors; Forms; RFL; Real; Traffic; WRFL; Works

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

00:20:57 - Becoming the program director

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me a little bit--I mean to me, I'm--what--you, you talked about that you just kinda stumbled into the RFL.

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about the role of program director and how he came to work in that role. Jeffries claims that he became the program director by being at the station all the time and knowing how things worked at the station. WRFL was like home to him so he spent a lot of time helping out there.

Keywords: Directors; Parts; People; Programs; RFL; WRFL

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

00:24:35 - People at WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me a little bit about, uh--we've talk--you and I have talked about, um--before about just like the general people...

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about the type of people who started coming to WRFL after the radio station got started. Jeffries was very excited to see new people come to the radio station. He also talks about the excitement and surprise of actually having a radio station.

Keywords: Airing; Exciting; People; RFL; WRFL

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

00:28:43 - Culture of the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me a little bit about, uh--we talked about it again with me but, uh, like what, what was your perception of like UK as, as far as, uh, a campus and people and stuff.

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about the culture of UK and compares it to the culture of WRFL. Jeffries came to UK with preconceived notions of what college culture was like and was not particularly interested in being a college student. Jeffries talks about WRFL and about how his experience with the radio station changed his college experience.

Keywords: College environment; Hangs; Instrumentals; RFL; Shifts; Suits; WRFL

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

00:33:39 - The day the station aired

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Partial Transcript: This is just a funny memory I have, you know.

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about the first day the radio station aired and some of the details he remembers about that day. He talks about the first song the station played, signing up for air shifts, and preparing to air the station. Finally, he talks about how full the station was on the first day the radio played and how he listened to the station from a local bar.

Keywords: Airing; Bars; Kakie Urch; Kathleen "Kakie" Urch; Mark Beaty; RFL; Shifts; Songs; WRFL

Subjects: Alcohol; 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

00:38:36 - Shows on the station

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Partial Transcript: Um, can you talk about, uh--something that I wish I had talked a little bit more about was just the format of the station itself.

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about the types of shows that the station played and the schedule the station had. Jeffries and Daniels spend a lot of time talking about the Bluegrass show. They also talk about the diversity of the group's musical interests and how interesting that made the station.

Keywords: Albums; Bluegrass; DJs; Deejays; Definitions; Disc jockeys; Ephraim McDowell; Hip-hop; Matt Dacey; Metal; RFL; Shows; WRFL

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

00:50:51 - Challenges

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Partial Transcript: Um, as program director, can you just tell me, um--and I think we probably need to wrap up--

Segment Synopsis: Jeffries talks about some of the challenges of being the program director of the station. He learned very quickly the difficulties of managing people and how difficult it was to manage volunteers.

Keywords: Airing; Directors; Factories; Management; People; Program directors; Programs; RFL; WRFL

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; Volunteers

00:55:48 - Post-college involvement with WRFL

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Partial Transcript: Why are you still there?

Segment Synopsis: In this final section, Jeffries talks about his involvement with WRFL after graduation. When Jeffries graduated, he moved away from Lexington. When he moved back to Kentucky, a friend suggested that he should start working a shift at WRFL. Jeffries talks about his involvement with the station and with the people who helped start the station.

Keywords: Directors; Program directors; Programs; RFL; Shifts; Shows; WRFL

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