General Manager: Robert Ackley
Hello, I'm currently an undergraduate of the class of 2013, and I am double-majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. I'm originally from Williamsburg, VA where I first developed an interest in music performing for the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps. Of course, I've always been interested in contemporary music, and this initially led me to become involved in WRVU when I first arrived at Vanderbilt. I quickly became involved beyond my weekly shows, first as Web Assistant, then as Office Manager, and finally as General Manager last year. I'm very excited to build off the successes of last year as General Manager again this year to help make WRVU and even greater powerhouse for musical discovery!
Program Director: Scott Cardone
I'm a senior pre-med student from Cincinnati, OH, majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. I owe my love for music to my father, who raised me right, starting me off with the Beatles' discography and an acoustic guitar. I learned every tune they wrote, and I just couldn't stop playing. Things developed from there, and now I own a music library bigger than most hard drives. I've played with a Cincinnati band called Plato's Mustache for the last four years, and we've recorded three albums together. I joined WRVU when I came to Vanderbilt to plug in to the music scene in Nashville, and I quickly became attached to the likeminded community that I found here. I'm in my second year managing the programming at the station, and I run a blues, bluegrass, and jazz show called Fingerprints.
I hail from the rather boring city of Oklahoma City, OK. My love for music started in the womb. My parents spent my childhood toting me around to concerts and instilling a strong appreciation for great music. I'm a senior Earth & Environmental Science major. I became a DJ at WRVU to share the music I love with the world. As one of three Music Directors, I field all the new music that comes into the station, sorting the wheat from the chaff to ensure that the best of the best goes into rotation.
Music Director: David Garrison
I’m from Bethesda, Maryland. I’ve always been crazy about music. I mostly thank my Dad for that…he used to play Bob Dylan records for me when I was a kid. (And now, more than a decade later, I’m still listening to them.) But I also listen to new music. Discovering a new artist is a great feeling, and I like sharing that experience with friends. WRVU is no doubt the perfect place for this. I'm happy to be part of the team.
Music Director: Lucia Lee
I'm a sophomore from Miami, FL. I have yet to decide my major, but I'm leaning towards English. I have a deep appreciation for sleeping and eating. Of course, I am deeply in love with music. I love being a Music Director because I get to learn so much about all the different artists out there.
Music Director: JR Mahung
I am a Chicago kid (Southside stand up!). A U.S. born Carib weaned off reggae, soul and punta rock. My pops was about Al Green and Sam Cooke while my older sisters introduced me to hip-hop and indie rock. In short, I'm on my diaspora tip with my musical taste. As music director, my job is to bring the best in new music to the station . I just want to make Jing Sun and Emily Foster proud.
Archive Director: Maralei Bunn
Hey all, I’m a sophomore here, and I am currently majoring in Undecided. I come from a little town in Virginia called Chesapeake. When I was about eight, my dad gave me a Boston: Greatest Hits CD for my birthday, and that’s what started my love of rock an’ roll music. From then on, we quizzed each other on songs that came on the radio during long car trips. I joined WRVU because I really wanted to expand my horizons musically, and I’m eager to “discover” new artists (so please hit me up with some recos!). Now, as Archive Director, I’m excited to help store and classify music for our new genre-specific playlist system for DJ Hal. Please come by my office hours and say hello anytime!
Marketing Director: Holly McKee
I'm a junior Philosophy and American Studies double major, hailing from the uninteresting (but aesthetically pleasing) town of Brentwood, TN. I enjoy fruit tea, hockey, and Michel Foucault. I cannot ride a bicycle, but I can play Rachmaninoff on the oboe. My musical taste is extremely eclectic, which comes as a result of growing up in a house divided between prog-rock and hair metal (with Bruce Springsteen and CCR being the only common ground). Viva WRVU!
Social Media Director: Audrey Jackson
Born and raised in Tennessee, I am a girl who loves to relax and enjoy the show. I am currently a junior studying environmental activism with hopes of using media outlets to provide people with information as well as a fun time. I hope to help keep Nashvillians and the world over as excited and involved in this wonderful radio station as I am.
Events Coordinator: Ross Nicol
I am a first year student from San Diego, California hoping to study music business at Vanderbilt. I enjoy writing music, going to concerts, and finding great, new tunes! In the next four years I hope to dive into the Nashville scene, maybe start a band, and continue my involvement with WRVU. As events coordinator, I will make an effort to bring to the station some of Nashville's best talent!
Events Coordinator: Monica Kim
Born in Pennsylvania and then moved to New Jersey when I was 14, I can almost say my transformation to a Jersey girl is complete. Grew up on Korean music and then switched to punk rock/garage bands in high school. Then I went to Penn State for two years, took a year abroad, and then came to Vandy. As much as I moved around, so does my taste in music. It now ranges from acoustic guitar/ukulele (like Avalanche City) to Madeon and Pendulum.
Training Director: Kate Koschewa
Hey y'all! Firstly, I'm super excited to serve as your guys' Training Director! I'm from Woodstock, GA, originally from Orlando, FL, and I received the chance to be a part of WRVU during my freshman year as a DJ, and this is my first year on E-Staff. I've always had a love of music - I got a lot of my musical taste from my twin sister, who listens to more music than anyone I know! Everything from 90's emo to grunge, to today's pop-punk, to shoegazing is on my ipod and my show, Pop Rocks and Soda. I'm a junior studying Econ and Poli Sci here at Vandy as well as grabbing a Math and Financial Econ minor. Besides WRVU, I'm also involved with VUTheater (come see our shows!). I can't wait to get this year started!
Online Director: Jeriel Johnson
I'm from Huntsville, AL, and am a junior majoring in Film Studies in the College of Arts & Science. I believe life is all about making connections. As the Online Director, I strive to help make a connection between our audience and our DJs. If that happens by helping our audience learn more about their favorite DJ's show, stay up-to-date with current music on our blogs, or being able to catch a concert by a musician that was heard on WRVU, then I'm satisfied. Burr!
PSA & Promo Director:
Info coming soon!
Multimedia Director: Shiva Bernath
I am a Junior at Vanderbilt pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I did most of my growing up in Albuquerque, NM where "the thing to do" was drive around town listening to our iPods through rickety tape adapters. I suppose my affinity for music springs from the wholesome experiences I've had sharing it with friends. My involvement with WRVU is a way for me to take this joy to new heights.
Historian: Ryan Kulpins
I'm a sophomore here at Vanderbilt, majoring in Physics and Math. I carried my love for music from my hometown of Chicago, IL, and discovered WRVU as a unique opportunity to share and discover new music. I started DJing for station last year as a freshman, and joined the E-Staff this year. As Historian I get the chance to help preserve the great legacy that our station has left on this school and this city, while continuing to document the all the changes that are happening right now. As an E-Staff member, I hope to contribute to the constant brainstorming, hard work, and of course musical awesomeness that makes WRVU so great.
Office Manager: Terri Lee
I am a junior double majoring in Asian Studies and Religious Studies coming from the best city in America, Austin, TX. I've been really blessed to call "The Live Music Capitol of the World" my hometown and it's definitely had a huge influence on my music taste. Music has always been huge in my life, and I joined WRVU in hopes to discover more music and share some good tunes with others in the Vanderbilt and Nashville area.