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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 27, 1972)
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lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 14
by Sara Schwieder
Joe Eisenberg's hobby inhabits a hefty chunk of his room,
his life and the UNL campus.
Eisenberg is owner, operator, disc jockey, engineer, station
manager, weatherman and custodian of Lincoln underground
radio station KCUF FM, 106 on the FM dial.
KCUF is "a station aimed for students instead of at them,"
according to Eisenberg. It is located near 16th and Vine
Eisenberg broadcasts from 10 p.m. to midnight Monday
through Friday. His program is commercial-less, uncensored
and nearly newsless.
"Other stations exploit their audiences," Eisenberg said.
"They broadcast to make money instead of to entertain their
audience. If people want to listen to news and commercials,
listen to someone else. If you want music, listen to me."
Eisenberg's evening broadcast is almost entirely music. He
plays cuts from recent popular albums, acid rock, but "no
bubble gum music."
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Eisenburg. . . KCUF is "a station aimed for students instead of at them.'
Eisenberg doesn't own one record. His entire music library
is tape-recorded from friends' albums. He doesn't see any
reason to spend money on records. "I'd rather spend it on
equipment," he said. "But if people have an album they'd like
to lend the station, I'd just copy it to increase my library."
Eisenberg said he tries to make KCUF "personal"-he likes
to talk to his listeners, is open to speeches over the air by
campus groups and has a request line at 475-5459 so he can
play music his audience wants to hear.
No KCUF broadcasts are censored, although Eisenberg said
he tries to limit swearing.
"The call sign I don't consider swearing, as the obscenity is
in the ear of the beholder," he said. "Our policies are so
different and our format is so different that we need a unique
call sign," he added. "It's not meant to be intentionally
KCUF is a legal enterprise because it falls within what
Eisenberg called a Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) loophole: The station only uses 100 milliwatts of
power-all its power comes from a regular wall socket-so he
says its legal under FCC rules. A station with more than 100
milliwatts must be licensed.
Using a pocketbook-sized transmitter that looks like the
insides of an electric toothbrush, KCUF can reach an audience
within a four-block radius of 16th and Vine Streets. This area
includes Selleck Quadrangle, parts of Women's Residence
Halls, Cather-Pound Complex, most of Abel-Sandoz Complex
and nearly ell the fraternities and sororities along 16th Street.
Because of the railroad tracks, Harper-Schramm Complex
doesn't pick up the signal very well, Eisenberg said.
The freshman broadcast major said he built all his own
equipment. It wanders in wires and tubes around his room and
is perched all over his desk and the floor. During the show, he
effortlessly does ten things at a time, flicking switches and
home-made buttons, rewinding tapes, talking to friends and
the audience, respectively. He explains what each piece of
equipment does as if he were telling you how to blow your
He's been working with radios for years though, so perhaps
that's why it comes so naturally. He privately admits starting
his hobby in the third grade with a little AM station that
covered his house and the nieghbor's. He later became a ham
radio operator and broadcast and received messages from all
over the world.
Eisenberg plans to work for commercial stations
As for KCUF, he says he hopes to broadcast longer next
semester-pet haps from 8 p.m. to midnight-and has in the
works a special humor program called "The Prostitution
Rests." The Prostitution Rests is a satire on a program called
"Point of Law" and will be done by law school students.
A considerable number of UNL
students will have to travel further to
vote in the Nov. 7 general election than
they did to cast primary election ballots
Students who reside in election
precinct 3-A voted last spring at the
University Lutheran Chapel at 15th and
Those same students are now requited
to vote at the Malone Community Center,
2030 T St.
The change specifically affects voters
who live in Cather, Pound and Women's
Residence Halls, Selleck Quadrangle and
nearly all students living in city campus
fraternity and sorority houses.
According to Bill Davidson, Lancaster
County election commissioner, the new
polling point is "more strategically
located within the precinct."
The change in location reportedly
came after a request was made by Malone
Center officials who felt students could
get to a polling place easier than low
income or elderly individuals.
Davidson thinks the new location will
be "handier for more people" in the
Students claiming residence for voting
purposes Harper, Schramm, Smith,
Abel and andoz Halls will still vote at
the United Methodist Chapel, 640 N.
A few students living near campus in
precinct 4-A will need to travel to the
capitol to vote.
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