By Cameron D’Amica, Staff Writer
On Thursdays from 9 to 10 PM, two of Gettysburg College’s first-year students, Cameron Luzarraga and Joe Trombetta, become DJ Billy Shears and DJ Johnny B. Goode for their radio show, Lasagna Hour, on 91.1 WZBT Gettysburg. Lasagna Hour is typically filled with classic rock anthems from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Nostalgic hits such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain” are just a few examples.
Luzarraga (DJ Billy Shears), who mainly operates the soundboard during Lasagna Hour, explains his music choices for the show: “I grew up listening to classic rock, and my collection of vinyl has shaped my taste in music. I play the music that I like.”
Trombetta, who operates the computer during the show really enjoys his involvement in WZBT Gettysburg and says, “Getting calls from people who recommend music or compliment the songs that we play is my favorite part of the show. It’s an indirect way to be in touch with the community.”
The campus radio is a great way to reach the community, and Lasagna Hour gets regular calls from their listeners. Sometimes these calls are from the same people who tune in week after week or from new voices that have song requests or simply want to compliment the show’s music selection.
The radio also helps to create a community on campus. The friends of Luzarraga and Trombetta join them in the booth to make requests and support their show. The show has a lively and fun atmosphere with two hosts that are passionate about the songs and groups that they play.
When asked about his motivation for having a radio show on campus Luzarraga said, “My sister had a radio show when she was in college, and I have always liked music, so I wanted to play music that I like.”
WZBT includes an eclectic mix of music, and the classic hits of Lasagna Hour are one important asset to the Gettysburg campus radio, where students, faculty, and anyone else can enjoy all the best songs of the past.