Anna Ellermeier/The AS Review
This year Rhett Taylor has been working extensively at KVIK, but next year he'll be taking over the helm as KVIK coordinator. The AS Review sat down with Taylor to find out what he has in mind for Western next year.
AS Review: What are your responsibilities as KVIK coordinator?
Rhett Taylor: Making content for the campus at large entertaining, informative, and basically for the student body as a whole. “You Would!” is the one show that we had before this year. We started “VTV”, which is Viking Television, which is an entertainment news show. That segment is about pretty much anything that's going on on campus: bands that are playing, cool events that are happening, spotlights on student achievements.
ASR: How does KVIK benefit Western students?
Taylor: Mainly it provides them with an opportunity to get some hands on experience in the TV industry. People always have these ideas and think, “That would be a great TV show,” and we actually have the abilities to make that happen. We provide students with the ability to do something that they probably thought they couldn't do. Beyond all that, just entertainment. We're providing content that is tailor-made for students of Western Washington University; above all else our content is made for them.
ASR: What do you think will be the best part of your job?
Taylor: Seeing my goals and my vision materialized. This year alone there has been lots of stuff that has just been an idea that me and Eli [Martin, current KVIK coordinator] will be working on together and all of a sudden it materializes in a segment or an event and seeing those things come to fruition is an awesome experience. I really want to get more creative content out there.
ASR: What plans do you have next year?
Taylor: Continuing what we're doing, for sure. Eli has established an amazing program this year and I thank him immensely. ... We're following a strict program right now and I want to take that strict program and still adhere to it but also go out in different directions so we can be accessible to a much more diverse group of people. To do that my first priority is going to be getting a bigger volunteer base. Already we have upwards of 60 volunteers that are some of the most dedicated workers that you will ever see and they don't get paid a dime.
ASR: What do you think will be the most challenging?
Taylor: Well, already this year I've been busier than I ever thought I would be in life in general. Every week I'm just incredibly surprised that I made it (laughs). But that's on more of a personal level. For KVIK, establishing it as an integral part of the university by having a larger group of volunteers. So I would say the biggest challenge would be gathering dedicated volunteers.
ASR: What are you looking forward to most next year?
Taylor: Taking the program to the next level. I look forward to seeing the station grow from where it already is. People are seriously amazed at what Eli has done, and I think we can even go farther than that and I don't see anything that's stopping us. We definitely have the potential to blow peoples' minds at Western. There are so many people within KVIK already that I'm like, you should be working in LA and not going to school at Western. Luckily they are at Western so I do have them to help out with the program. I just look forward to seeing all of the pieces that we have now coming together in a newly whole and interesting product.