Pirate radio: The man behind the mic

The man behind whitworth.fm

Amidst the work that people put into classes at Whitworth, people also devote time to hobbies and passions.

Working for Whitworth.fm, senior David Dennis is able to get the best of both worlds. He is able to get paid for what he loves to do.

With a passion for radio, Dennis devotes a lot of his time to this field of media.

“Sometimes I feel guilty,” Dennis said. “It’s like sec­ond nature for me and I am getting paid for it.”

Dennis is the general manager for the radio station here on campus and is in charge of coordinating class and making sure everything is running well at the sta­tion.

“I mediate and supervise everything that happens on the radio,” Dennis said. “Not only do I love my job because it’s on campus, but it’s also easy to me.”

However, Dennis’ knack for radio did not begin on Whitworth’s campus.

Dennis produced live radio professionally for a year in California.

“I worked for CBS professionally in Los Angeles,” Dennis said. “Then I gave up my job to come to Whit­worth.”

As a senior, Dennis is considering a career path that allows him to express himself in radio.

“I hope to work in radio after I graduate,” Dennis said.

Most professionals in the radio industry do not have full time jobs in radio and can pursue radio forever, Dennis said.

Although this is only his first year working for the ra­dio, Dennis has been given the opportunity to form new relationships outside of classes.

“I have built relationships on the job through learn­ing experiences and affirming others,” Dennis said.

The only downfall to Dennis’s experience with Whitworth.fm has been when people have gotten up­set with him.

Dennis likes several aspects of radio but the op­portunity to use creativity is among his favorites. He likes the fact that the host is in control of the radio show.

“I am not the best student academically but radio is something that I understand very well,” Dennis said.

Dennis likes the excitement that goes along with radio along with the aspect of creativity.

“You have to get the public involved and that’s what makes it so exciting,” Dennis said.

Radio is also very fast paced and requires you to think on your toes, Dennis said.

Dennis works with a wide range of people from the Whitworth community. Both students and professors work with him on their radio shows.

Second passion found in film

Along with his passion for radio, Dennis also has a strong pas­sion for film.

Directing, producing, consulting, special effects, pyro­technics and stunt work are his favorite aspects of film, Dennis said.

Dennis has also had a taste of professional film in the industry through starring in the movie “American East” and in television shows like “Wild N’ Out” with Nick Cannon.

“I also did an internship in Spokane with a show called ‘Knights of Badassdom,’” Dennis said.

The show involved Larping in the form of comedy and horror.

“When I was younger, I moved to a place called La Can­ada, Los Angeles and there are a lot of people in the film industry down there,” Dennis said.

Dennis also had family members who were in the industry and has been interested in these types of things for as long as he can remember.

“The first movie I ever saw in theaters was ‘Little Mermaid’ and it was an amazing experience,” Dennis said.

Recently, Dennis watched ‘Toy Story 3’ after having watched the first and second one years ago.

“I actually began to tear up as I watched it because I have been on a jour­ney with these toys since the third grade,” Dennis said.

Dennis plans on pursuing a career in film eventually; however, he plans on sticking to radio until he gets there.

“My father is a pastor and he always said ‘always do what you love,’” Den­nis said.

Dennis understands that film is the most over-saturated industry in the world but still plans on striving to be successful in it for the rest of his life.

Picking up a second job this semester while trying to balance school, Dennis has a pretty booked schedule.

“However, I am thinking about film numerous times a day and when I go to bed,” Dennis said.

Even teachers understand that when Dennis zones out in class he is usually thinking about film.

“I’ll be in a philosophy class, for example, and I will be thinking about how things can be turned into film ideas,” Dennis said.

Although Dennis feels strongly about film, he is not one of those people that critique movies all the time.

People who over critique movies are a little pretentious, Dennis said.

He understands that film is not easy and tries to appreciate the film production for what it is.

“With all of the difficulties, I think films are so great because for an hour and a half, they take us away from our troubles,” Dennis said.

Dennis also believes that film invokes a wide range of emotions from different types of people.

Not making it in the industry doesn’t phase him at all, he said. His life goal is to be successful at it.

Dennis plans on using both of his hobbies in radio and film to guide his life and plans to gain more experience in the two fields.

Story by Remi Omodara Photos by Deidre Low/Chrissy Roach

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