Mon. Jul 4th, 2022

From 8-10 p.m. every Monday night, 91.7 FM, West Chester University’s college radio station enters a time machine. Gone are the current Indie wonders and the Top Forty hits that usually dominate the station’s airwaves, and listeners enter the 80’s as DJ David Hogg exclusively centers his show on the decade’s New Wave genre.

Besides his distinct musical focus Hogg distinguishes his show further by his steadfast dedication to professionalism.

Between breaks in the music, Hogg entertains his audience with interesting facts about the songs and the artists who composed them.

But this is not to say his show is rigid or deprived of a sense of humor, as Hogg frequently exchanges clever banter with friends over the air, and places himself at the end of his jokes

Music, of course, remains the centerpiece of his show. Hogg’s love for 80s New Wave began at a young age.

“When I was 14 or 15 I was introduced to (classic 80s band) The Smiths and it changed the way I listened to music,” Hogg said. “It blossomed from there.”

Hogg’s radio show name, FAC-502, is a complex homage to famed Factory Records, who signed bands like New Order and the Happy Mondays and catalogued each release with the label: FAC.

“When the founder of Factory, Tony Wilson, died a few years ago, his coffin was catalogued as FAC-501,” Hogg said. “So my show name is a little bit of a tribute to his revolutionary record label and its founder.”

A common occurrence on his show called the “triple shot,” is when he plays three consecutive songs by one band.

Triple shots are an opportunity for Hogg to introduce rare tracks by classic 80s and New Wave artists.

Hogg also DJs a second show from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. called “A Different Choice of Noise,” which focuses on more recent releases. Hogg is quick to assert that “FAC-502” is his favorite of the two.

As if hosting two shows wasn’t evidence enough of his dedication to radio station, Hogg also holds dual roles as the Training Director and News Director on the WCUR executive staff board

In his role as Training Director, Hogg oversees the training of the station’s future DJs, so the future of the station is clearly an important issue to him.

He sees the radio station becoming more involved in campus events and spreading its name.

“WCUR is trying to no longer be its own island,” Hogg said.Despite his commitment to the radio station, Hogg doesn’t plan to pursue a communications degree, instead focusing on teaching Secondary English.

But for now as a sophomore, Hogg can just focus on the radio station.

“I’m doing what I love,” Hogg said.

Keinan Fry is a fourth year student majoring in English. He can be reached at KF634551@wcupa.edu.

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