Name: Josh "Skippy" Hanna
Name: Ian Hatfield
Name: Cody "Puddin" Jennette
Name: Alix Kunkle
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You can try to be me, but you can never be me.
Even if you play "Snowman" every other show, you still can't be me.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen. I am Alix Kunkle, better known as "The Kunk." Some
people love me. Many others don't. But people know my name. And you can't talk about
WCAL without at least mentioning "The Kunk."
My show was known as a mixed bag to most. I started as a midday show, but later, due to
conflicting schedules, I moved to a morning show. All the while, I retained the great show
name, The Grand Kunk Railroad. Through the years, I made several appearances on the
Jackson Brown Show (along with the great Greg Jackson, Jeremy Stockdill and Drew
Brown), as well as on the short-lived Midnight Buffet (with Jared Bundy, Luke Hixon and
I was trained by some of the greatest personalities as well. WCAL greats such as Matt
Korona, the Jackson Brown crew, Danielle and Danielle, Brad Bishop, and there are
probably some other names I've forgotten. Many more DJs, I got to spend quality time with
shooting the sh** in the green room. Later, I served as secretary and imaging director on
the executive board. Again, I'm sure there are plenty who thought I was in over my head,
considering I was also pretty involved with CUTV and the Cal Times. But I showed them all
that it can be done.
Since then, I've left the time zone and found my way to the deep south. I'm now the News
Editor of the Leesville Daily Leader in Leesville, La., but still make an appearance in the fall
on local stations talking about football. I hope to get back into announcing someday,
whether it be for football, baseball, hockey or basketball.
I still make my rounds at concerts, though they're usually few and far between. The last one
I've been to (as of November 2012) was Blake Shelton. Before that, you can probably guess
- it was the Clarks. But I'm always still digging for new music, and I've developed some new
loves. Ingram Hill has quickly risen near the top of the charts (check out their self-titled
album!) and so has Ari Hest.
The Kunk's top 10 favorite bands of all time (and how I discovered them)
1.) The Clarks (They're Southwest Pennsylvania legends. Did you really think I was going to
put them any lower than number one? There's a Clarks song for every mood. Don't believe
me? Try it, you'll be surprised)
2.) Jimmy Eat World (Really got into them when "Work" came out as a single about ten
years ago. "Futures" was the first album I bought, but every album since then has been just
as good (if not better).
3.) Ingram Hill (Opened for The Clarks one fall. Had a few catchy tunes, so I gave them a
second listen. Their latest release, though it has a southern feel to it, does not disappoint)
4.) R.E.M. (If you were to name the first R.E.M. song that comes to your head, it's probably
What's the Frequency, Kenneth or It's the End of the World As We Know It. The first song I
remember hearing was Imitation of Life)
5.) Donora (Opened for the Clarks at the Fayette County Fair back in 2009 or so. That was
quite the concert. They're a lot different than most of the other bands on this list, but this is a
group that will get your feet tapping. If you haven't checked them out yet, I command you to)
6.) Ari Hest (Opened for the Clarks at Station Square in 2009 (sense a theme here?). His
music is simple. Almost folk-like. Has a new album out soon. It's good, too.)
7.) The Starting Line (Heard them via a bonus CD in a New Found Glory album (Sticks and
Stones). Had a chance to see them live when I was a junior in high school. Didn't follow
through with it. I still kick myself today for that.)
8.) Good Brother Earl (Opened for the Clarks in 2010, but I feel like I saw them somewhere
before that. Regardless, kind of like a cross between the Clarks and Ari Hest. Catchy music
9.) Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody. Enough said)
10.) The Eagles (Another legend. Not as much a Hotel California fan as I am a Desperado
and a Doolin' Dalton (especially the Reprise) fan.)
So there you have it. I'm still on Facebook and Twitter, so if you've got some new and groovy
music you think I should check out, I'd love to hear it. Also love some old b-sides and live
shows, especially of the bands listed above. Had a site for those, but it went poof. Hit me
up, and let's party.
Name: Stephen Mannering
Name: Travis Matuke
Name: Kaitlyn "Precious" O'toole
Name: Mike Shoemaker
Born: The 4th day of June in the year 1986.
From: The flooded city of Johnstown, PA.
Graduated: Spring Semester of 2009.
Degree: GIS/Emergency Management
On-Air Time: September 2007 - May 2009
Show(s): No Such Hat (Fridays; 2-6pm),
The Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing
Tube Show (Sundays; 10pm-2am)
Location: South of Pittsburgh in Bethel Park.
Occupation: GIS Technician at Moody and Associates in Houston, PA. (I make maps!)
Current Hobbies: Going to shows, collecting and listening to vinyl, going to Pittsburgh
Penguins and Pittsburgh Power games, collecting Penguins player tees, playing Xbox,
being a stupid “adult” and other nonsense.
The Tube Show (Heavy): August Burns Red, For Today, The Devil Wears Prada, Code
Orange Kids, Between The Buried And Me, It Dies Today, Haste The Day, Life In Your Way,
Stray From The Path, Stick To Your Guns, A Day To Remember, Suicide Silence, The
Chariot, As I Lay Dying, Have Heart, This Is Hell, pg. 99, One Dead Three Wounded,
Chiodos, Every Time I Die, Mychildren Mybride, etc.
No Such Hat (Light): Yellowcard, Mae, Fun., Half Hearted Hero, twenty one pilots, Forever
Came Calling, Mixtapes, State Champs, Paramore, Relient K, Set Your Goals, New Found
Glory, Matchbook Romance, Box Car Racer, Blink 182, Flogging Molly, Finch, The Format,
Anberlin, Jimmy Fallon, Bon Iver, Death Cab For Cutie, Amanda Rogers, Straylight Run,
Fireworks, Handguns, Linkin Park, Backstreet Boys, Creed, etc
So, who the heck is sh0ez?
I was one of those kids who simply joined the radio station because I enjoy music. It had
nothing to do with my major and I hate public speaking. So why join? Boredom. Music.
Friends. Thanks in part to several other WCAL alumni (Scott, Luke, and Gene), I bought an
iPod, filled it with music, and began doing a Tuesday afternoon show featuring a wide
spectrum of music from the light to heavy genres. Soon after, a legendary metal DJ known
as Doc took me under his wing and pushed me into the Sunday 10pm to 2am slot right after
his show to keep up the tradition of Sunday Metal Night. And thus my short two-year stint on
WCAL began with the inception of The Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Show. I
later adopted a second show on Friday afternoons entitled No Such Hat to keep the WCAL
airwaves full and fulfill my need to play the lighter end of the spectrum of my music. I never
won any of the radio awards, never held a position on the e-board, and never had the
greatest quantity of listeners or people writing in. So why would some claim me to be a big
part of WCAL during his short time? I suppose I was simply willing to help out in whatever
way possible. I took part in the WCAL Lock-In in 2009, did the artwork for every show on the
then dry-erase board version of the on-air schedule, helped out with remotes and simply
tried to be helpful and giving to other DJs. Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that I spent more
time in the radio station than anywhere else. It was the time of my life. And the one thing I
will forever truly miss about college. Be yourself, play music you love, help others, make
friends. WCAL is an amazing vessel at CALU. Enjoy every bit of it!
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