A new student-run program spins off on campus this week. iZag is Gonzaga University’s internet radio featuring live streams, podcasts, music and more. iZag will be managed by Robert Perry and Samantha Takizawa, two senior broadcasting majors.
Hired with no equipment, Perry and Takizawa were instantly put to the test. iZag adviser Colleen Vandenboom set a goal to have at least 18 shows by the end of the year. Despite the odds, Perry and Takizawa were overwhelmed with student interest and currently are managing 20 shows.
“We have a show called ‘Table Manners,’ that’s about food, and we have a couple hip-hop shows,” Perry said. “We have ‘Geektivity,’ and a show about cold cases and conspiracy theories. It’s like everybody’s interest is represented and I think that’s the best part about it.”
“All of these shows have a really cool premise,” Takizawa added. “They’re really well-developed.”
The first shows to air will be led by Student Involvement interns Molly Stroosma, Emmy Billmaier and GSBA’s Rachel Noyes, giving an overview of the week’s events.
Perry and Takizawa have not taken their work lightly. Takizawa is most concerned about the framework the pair will leave behind in May.
“Robert and I have to lay down the groundwork because if we mess up at this point, next year they’re not going to know what to do,” she said. “That doesn’t mean that the next group has to follow the exact same thing we did. It’s just having this groundwork laid out, and then they can add or do whatever they need to do.”
Perry freelances for the sports channel for KHQ (SWX), works as a videographer for the marching band at his old high school and works for KAGU, GU’s classical music radio station. Takizawa writes for the Gonzaga Bulletin and interns with PBS station KSPS as a voiceover artist.
The pair plan to live-stream events around campus, like basketball games or Coffeehouse. Perry and Takizawa want students to be able to stay involved even if they don’t have the time to attend events.
“We will be downstairs at Coffeehouse recording,” Takizawa said. “So, if you’re busy that night and you’re studying, you can turn on the station and you can listen to Coffeehouse.”
Recorded podcasts and live shows can be streamed online, or on a mobile device using the SoundCloud app.
Perry said he hopes for iZag to have the same outreach as GUTV and be able to have a large presence in the GU community.
“There’s a lot of established activities at Gonzaga already,” Perry said. “To find a new medium that gives people a chance to express their interest, I think, makes people more inclined.
Shelbie Blevins is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter @shelbieblevins.