video title: Sac State Grad Alex Cosper, 1984
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video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube on May 3, 2013

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Sac State Memories, 1984 "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on May 3, 2013

This video features my graduation day from Sac State back in 1984. I remember thinking that it was finally a relief to get school out of the way and focus on my career, which was becoming a mix of radio and live DJ work. I definitely owed my radio career to Sac State, which provided entry into the industry through an internship program. Sac State is where I learned a lot about the history of media. They gave me a choice of five radio stations and I chose KWOD 106 because it was the closest station to my musical tastes. KWOD was a top 40 station that played a wide mix of music. KWOD Program Director Tom Chase approved my internship in January 1984 and hired me for on air work after the internship expired in June.

The music of 1984 remains very memorable, as many people call the mid-eighties a golden age of top 40 music. KWOD was the station for fans of new wave and pop music. MTV was also becoming big at that time, so there was still a sense of Sacramento's radio heritage from the 1970s in which dominant players were KROY and KZAP. KWOD competed with FM 102 for the 18-34 audience. By the end of the decade KROY returned to top 40. A lot has changed since the eighties. This video represents the earliest known video of me at this time. I still have not checked with KOVR Channel 13 to see if they still have the tapes of me on a 1968 TV kid's program called Captain Delta. I started appearing in more videos in the nineties while I was Program Director at KWOD during its alternative heyday.

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