College radio station seeks volunteers.
By Zachary-Taylor Wright
Seldom do people get the chance to indulge in music and give back, but KSYM 90.1 FM is bringing this city that opportunity with its 19th annual Alt 2 Hunger concert 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St.
The concert boasts a series of local bands with proceeds benefiting the St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, said Jacob Peirce, music business sophomore and assistant program director of KSYM.
The event is currently reserved for those of legal drinking age and above, but organizers are working with the venue to lower the age limit if possible, Peirce said.
He said concertgoers should “expect some of the more noticeable, upcoming bands all in one place and for a good cause, nonetheless.”
Some of the artists performing are what Peirce considers surf punk or garage, such as Junkie and Flowershop.
However, audiences can expect variety with the band Mr. Pidge, which he classifies as chillwave and instrumental.
Peirce also referenced a San Antonio Express-News article, which describes the headlining act, Voodoo Boogaloo, as “trip-hop’s Sonny and Cher.”
Alt 2 Hunger is produced entirely by KSYM staff, meaning students run the show that offers experience in concert production and civic engagement.
“It’s all students getting everything organized to make it a successful event,” Peirce said.
“We’re responsible for getting the word out, working with the organization and working with the venue.”
Peirce has been volunteering with Alt 2 Hunger since 2015.
He began his involvement by working a DJ set for KSYM and slowly expanded his role at the station.
Peirce made the posters for the past two Alt 2 Hunger productions and advises students to volunteer for the event.
“We’re always open to volunteers at KSYM,” Peirce said.
“Students can help hang posters and spread the word by sharing and liking our Facebook post.”
Prospective volunteers can attend KSYM meetings at 3 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 201 of Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building.
The children’s home, known as St. PJ’s, serves as a licensed, short-term emergency shelter for infants, children and teenagers who have suffered abuse, neglect and human or sex trafficking, according to the St. PJ’s Children’s Home website.
It also offers rehousing, individual counseling, family counseling and homeless prevention.
Individual admission to Alt 2 Hunger is $5 at the door or a donation of five canned goods. Donating a frozen turkey will admit five attendees.
For more information on Alt 2 Hunger, call 210-486-1373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.