Go inside the booth: Kyle “Radar” Prince

Kyle Prince has been a WTTU DJ since fall 2005 and began his show, “Radar’s Hit List,” in December of that same year. In addition to hosting his show, Prince is the current program director for the station. The Oracle sat down with Prince to ask him a few questions about his show and his role in the operation of WTTU 88.5 FM.

Q: Can you tell us about your show, “Radar’s Hit List?”

KP: “Radar’s Hit List” is basically a really eclectic mix tape, the tone of which changes weekly, depending on my mood.

I stick mostly to music that could conceivably fall within the “rock” genre, such as punk, metal and oldies, but I’m not afraid to venture beyond that.

I also do occasional “tribute” shows to bands I admire, such as the Ramones, Devo and Pink Floyd. Listening to my show, you’ll probably hear a few familiar artists, but I try tostick to their lesser-known material.

Q: Where did you get the DJ name, “Radar?”

KP: I have always been a fan of the show “M*A*S*H.” I have always empathized with the character Corporal Radar O’Reilly. Radar was not necessarily always the highest ranking or most important person on the show, but he was always involved in what was happening.

Also, the word radar, when referring to radar waves, means something omnipotent and far reaching, yet invisible. I chose the name because I was comfortable with those connotations.

Q: When did you become program director for WTTU?

KP: I was elected program director in December 2007 after a year and a half as station staff liaison.

Q: What additional jobs or work is entailed with being the program director?

KP: The program director is in charge of a number of things, the most important of which is creating and maintaining the WTTU schedule.

In addition, I oversee the biannual DJ training class. There are a large number of smaller duties, but those two are among the most important and consume the largest amount of time.

Radar’s Hit List airs on WTTU 88.5 FM on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.