Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Who We Are 2013

February 28, 2011

A window to our world

Goshen College's WGCS helps showcase our community to the area

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GOSHEN —

Listening in

Art Logan has been a Globe listener for about a year.

“I was just down at that end of the dial,” the Elkhart resident said, when he happened upon WGCS. “I was intrigued, to say the least.”

Logan likes the fact that The Globe doesn’t play the same music over and over like commercial stations tend to do. He also views the station as an incubator of sorts for up-and-coming musicians.

Eric Kanagy of Goshen tunes in as well and feels The Globe speaks to the nature of Goshen and its art scene. For fans of independent music, he said, there are some big names that have been in Goshen and performed in the WGCS studio. Kanagy also views The Globe as another unique aspect of the city.

“It’s something,” Kanagy said, “you wouldn’t expect a city the size of Goshen to have.”

Natural progression

Handrich listened to the radio all the time with her dad when she was younger. Back then she thought music from the ’60s and ’70s was “new music” because that’s what she was hearing.

Handrich got a handheld cassette tape recorder as a present when she was around 7 years old, and decided to create her own radio station. She’d record ’60s and ’70s tunes off the radio, and interview her family about those songs. She did basketball play-by-plays of her dad’s church league.

Handrich forgot about the tapes until her mom found them a couple of years ago.

“I started my own radio station as a 7-year-old, forgot all about it, and here I am doing radio now,” she said. “... I should put it in my three-minute audition tape — ‘Listen to my progression ...’”

For the curious, Handrich picked “Sadie” by clicking on a name in a baby names database. Then she added “Kruise.” She’s been involved at The Globe since she was 16 years old.

“That summer, I was actually terrified to talk on the radio,” Handrich said. “I was this little shy girl and didn’t like talking, ever. When I started talking on the air, I noticed that it came really easy to me.”

The experience prompted her to study communications at GC and continue at 91.1.

Handrich said she’s still scared to talk in front of people. She also points out that she talks to thousands of people every day.

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