Megan Fair, otherwise known as DJ Grrl, spends her Wednesday nights broadcasting her All Campus Radio Network radio show from a mostly empty Baker University Center.
Her show, “Femme Force,” which is on air from 10-11p.m., features “female, trans, non-binary, genderqueer music.”
Fair, a sophomore journalism student, uses “Femme Force” to help create a more inclusive environment at ACRN Media.
“ACRN Media is based around the Internet radio portion, but we basically have a 13 department large media collective,” said Fair.
In addition to the online radio portion, the ACRN Media staff produces in-studio and live concert videos, books shows, films promotional videos, writes album reviews and features, and provides a mobile disc jockey service.
“We have so much content I want to vomit,” said Abbie Doyle, the editorial director at ACRN Media and a sophomore media arts and studies student.
Doyle is in charge editing all articles of making sure they are uploaded online. She said during a good week she publishes three to six pieces a day to ACRN.com
The large student staff voluntarily produces content.
Fair doesn’t mind deejaying at ACRN Media for free because she is essentially doing the same thing when making her own playlists during spare time.
“If I said very broadly [the amount of people involved with ACRN Media is upwards of 200, but if we focus it down on the very active members I would say 40-60,” said Shem Krey, who is the head of the sales department and a sophomore studying marketing and international business.
Fair, Doyle, and Krey believe that the ACRN Media staff influences the local music scene.
“I think [our influence] is a lot bigger than people realize,” said Doyle.
Bands that are brought to Athens by the ACRN Media staff are “really good,” and some bands played concerts in Athens before reaching national or international fame.
“Dave Grohl, the drummer from Nirvana and the front man from the Foo Fighters, has a Casa shirt. I guarantee he was in Athens for an ACRN or to play an ACRN show,” said Krey.
Even though Athens is a small town, Krey doesn’t think that causes any issues with who will perform in town. Artists are sometimes even be surprised by how much energy is brought to shows.
“Bands look at us as a relaxing point… and then they get here and it’s nuts and they have a great time,” said Krey.
One freshman ACRN Media staff member said he was surprised with some of the names that have been booked by the ACRN Media staff.
“It’s very refreshing to book out of town bands because the local bands are always here and are always playing,” said J.C. Griffith, the head of photography and a freshman photojournalism student.
Griffith photographs concerts about once a month. However, prior to The Union burning down, he photographed closer to three concerts a week.
“House shows are hard to shoot because it’s really cramped and not very good light and The [Smiling] Skull isn’t any different than a house [show],” said Griffith.