Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RADIO ROULETTE! TWO TIMES THE TERROR! TWO TIMES THE FUN!





SHUFFLE FUNCTION RADIO ROULETTE
Thursday, April 24th @ Nine p.m.
Friday, April 25th @ Noon
KMSU 89.7fm/KMSK 91.3fm/kmsu.org

We originally came up with the idea for Radio Roulette because we were looking for something out of the ordinary to do for Halloween.  It is too easy to be the millionth station playing Monster Mash.  What we decided on turned out to the the scariest thing we could possibly think of:  Leave our playlist up to random chance.  There's nothing more terrifying to a couple of radio control freaks than that!

The big surprise that came out of this terrifying idea is that it turned out to be a lot of fun.  So much fun that listeners are always asking us when we'll be playing Radio Roulette again!  And it is fun... mostly.  More times than not it's a blast, but a smaller percentage of the time it's the worst thing that ever happened to radio.  Like "build a time machine and go back to prevent the birth of Gugielmo Marconi" bad.  But again... mostly fun.  Play it twice in 24 hours fun.

Shuffle Function will be playing two round of Radio Roulette during the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go.  The best part about this is that you can play a part in it!  Call and pledge when we're playing at 389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and you can pick a number!  What does that mean?  Here's a crash lesson on how Radio Roulette works:

1) ROUND UP LOTS OF RECORDS
We drag in the crates of K-Tel records from the office. Each record has been assigned a number. The collection is now over 400! When we did our first round of roulette we played with only 20 records!


2) WHICH RECORD DO YOU PLAY?
We then use the magic hat . There are slips of paper inside it that have a number written on them. Each number corresponds to the K-Tel record with that assigned number. Shyboy Tim pulls out a number from the magic hat and that is how the Radio Gods pick the record to play.



3) DO YOU PLAY SIDE A or SIDE B?
Shyboy Tim then picks up a coin to determine which side to play. If it is an American release we use a US quarter. If it is a Canadian release we use a Canadian quarter. If it is an import we use the other coins that we have at our disposal. He then flips the coin. If it is HEADS it is SIDE A. If it is TAILS it is SIDE B.

players note: if it is a Double LP - we flip a coin to determine Record 1 or Record 2. Heads = Record 1 and Tails = Record 2.

4) HOW DO YOU PICK A SONG?
The last step in this process is to determine which song gets played. We have two dice that we use for this step. If there are more than 6 tracks we use a normal die, but if there are more, we use a 10 sided die! (Shout Out to D & D players) So if Shyboy Tim rolls a 7 we play track number 7, or if he rolls a 2 we play track 2.

Then we cue up the record and hope it doesn't hurt too much. That's always the dream. Just a heads up though - several years ago we did a round of Shuffle Function Radio Roulette that was excruciating. We thought it bad enough that we tried to tape another show, something we have never done before or since. That somehow turned out even worse. The thing about Radio Roulette is that you never know how it's gonna turn out.  How's it gonna be?  YOU GONNA TUNE IN AND FIND OUT!


Have you called and pledged your support to KMSU?  The Pledge Drive is going on RIGHT NOW, and we could really use the calls!  Give us a call at 389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and do whatever you can to help keep this wonderful little station alive and on the air.  We have lots of thank you swag, too, so if that's something you're interested in you're in luck!


UNCLE GULLY SEZ PLEDGE!


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