Radio and television personality John Tesh donates radio equipment, software, and subscription to professional streaming service to campus radio station KCOD
by Alexis Carrero
For the third semester since its inception in Spring of last year, KCOD Radio is back on the airwaves. Thanks to a generous donation from musician and radio personality John Tesh, KCOD is more ready than ever to bring a new playlist of music and entertainment to College of the Desert. In December of last year, KCOD Radio staff members attended the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Service Conference in Los Angeles featuring Tesh. During a seminar, Tesh was asked by then assistant programming director to KCOD Ryan Davis how to best fund a campus radio station with donations, to which Tesh answered, “Just flat out ask,” so Davis did just that, he replied to the long-time host of Entertainment Tonight with, “Would you like to donate to KCOD Radio?” to which Tesh agreed.
Tesh has since donated a professional sound board, two iMac computers and a one-year subscription for live streaming service by IBS Backbone, valued at $2,700. This donation will help KCOD create multimedia content, schedule automated programs, conduct live shows, cover remote events, stream over the internet and much more. “This donation will take our college radio station to the next level,” said KCOD faculty advisor Laurilie Jackson in a press release, “The students are very excited and grateful for this very generous donation.”