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Alumni: Mike Kickirillo

Director of Spurs Broadcasting visits Texas State, advises future graduates

By Andrew Osegi

Spurs basketball

Spurs Basketball

Excitement was buzzing all around the classroom. Students in Larry Carlson’s Sports As News class gathered their note-taking materials as the instructor and his anticipated guest chatted near the entrance.

In an effort to examine the challenges of media coverage in sports, Mike Kickirillo, director of broadcasting for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and a Texas State alumnus, visited his alma mater Tuesday, Jan. 29, to answer questions from aspiring mass communication professionals.

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Around Campus: Essential Tips

Being a Bobcat: Essential Tips for a GREAT Texas State Experience

The Rising Star of Texas

By Andrew Osegi

To the incoming freshman, the transfer student, the misinformed undergrad or the curious prospect, Texas State University can be a maze of hills, stairs, majors and student orgs. To help you navigate that maze, you need some essential insider knowledge.

With input from a few fellow students, I’ve compiled the following tips to help you make the most of your Texas State experience. These secrets can greatly impact your time at Texas State. Remember them, and you’ll do just fine. Continue reading

Around Campus: La Bella Vida

‘La Bella Vida’ talks beauty of
Texas State life on YouTube

By Catherine Harper

Cristina Ochoa, electronic media senior, is a former executive producer and co-host of "La Bella Vida."

For the past three years, Texas State electronic media student Cristina Ochoa says she’s been taking care of her “baby” — a student-run television show called “La Bella Vida.”

“The show has saved me and it’s been my joy,” Ochoa says. “It has a special place in my heart because it’s helped me so much as a Texas State student.”

“La Bella Vida” — which means “The Beautiful Life” in Spanish — is currently in its seventh semester on-air as a variety talk show directed toward Texas State students. The show is posted on YouTube every Wednesday night.

As a former executive producer and co-host on the show, Ochoa’s vision for the show has been to impact current and future Texas State audiences.

“We try to be the voice of Texas State,” Ochoa says. “The show appeals to the perspective of what a Texas State student would want to hear and what they do.” Continue reading

Happenings: MR Fest 2012

MR Fest takes the local stage
with Texas State’s KTSW 89.9

By Catherine Harper

Every year in April, the San Marcos Square comes alive with the sound of jangling guitars, frantic drumbeats and the shouts of frenzied fans. My Radio Fest — also known as MR Fest — takes the stage once again April 26-28.

MR Fest, a 3-day music, comedy and arts festival now in its fifth year, is sponsored by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s “Other Side of Radio” station. With 14 venues, 98 artists, a market place and an artist’s village, this year’s MR Fest promises to be bigger than ever before. Continue reading

Happenings: MR Fest 2011

KTSW festival features
music, market and more

By Britney Munguia

The fourth annual MR Fest, sponsored by Texas State’s KTSW-FM, will be this Friday and Saturday.

Thirty-one bands will be playing at seven  locations across the San Marcos Square, including Texas Music Theater, Texas Skate, Valentino’s, Tantra, The Coffee Pot, Root Cellar and Triple Crown. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Big weekend at SPJ

University Star, KTSW students
claim awards at regional competition

Texas State students at the University Star and KTSW claimed five first-place finishes at the Society for Professional Journalists Region 8 competition, announced over the weekend.

Each first-place finish advances to the national competition. Texas State also had a number of high finishes in a range of categories in the four-year colleges and universities division.

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Happenings: Old theater hosts new music

Texas Music Theater opening March 9 in San Marcos

Texas Music Theater in San Marcos

By Britney Munguia

Texas Music Theater, the newest music venue in town, is set to open March 9 on the historic downtown square in San Marcos.

The refurbished theater will be one of the sites for the fourth annual MR Fest, a music festival sponsored by KTSW, the Texas State radio station.

The Texas Music Theater will host various MR Fest musical performances April 29-30, including the headlining band, The Bright Light Social Hour.

Built in 1941 as the Plaza Theater, the building has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including a movie theater, seafood restaurant and most recently, a hamburger joint called Gordo’s. Continue reading