Story by Joel Martinez News Editor
On Thursday, Jan. 14, a conflict between KBeach Radio and University Student Union management resulted in a broadcast interruption during the LBSU Men’s Basketball game against UC Irvine.
A team of KBeach volunteers was broadcasting from the main studio, located in the University Student Union, when at approximately 8 p.m. a USU building manager instructed them to leave.
“We were in the middle of broadcast already,” said Scott Takade, the board operator. “He kept saying his boss said that we need to evacuate the premises. I didn’t know what to tell him because we were live.”
According to Takade and Zach Cavanaugh, one of the studio volunteers, the building manager involved campus police after two verbal warnings. Jay Holloway, KBeach Radio’s News and Sports Director, subsequently got involved to attempt clearing up the conflict.
“We had been doing these broadcasts all over the course of winter break and nobody had ever said anything to us contrary,” said Cavanaugh. “We thought it was just a little bit of confusion until the campus police actually showed up.”
“We were getting kicked off the air during a live basketball game broadcast…which was tough since we can’t just say we’re going to leave and not come back,” Holloway said. “That’s the punch we were dealt with and I was trying to do my best to conduct that in a professional manner.”
After Holloway explained the miscommunication to campus police, he and the studio crew were evicted from the building to a lack of permission from USU management. However, they were given permission to continue their broadcast less than 15 minutes later and they picked up the game coverage as quickly as possible, coming back before the first media time out of the game’s second half.
“I don’t know what exactly went on outside of it, but we were kicked out, waited, and then allowed back in,” Cavanaugh said. “It was just a surprise to have somebody tell us [we] had to leave.”
Though the issue was quickly resolved, the fact it occurred caused some concern among those involved.
“It shouldn’t happen again,” Holloway said. “The key problem that disturbs me is…we should all be on the same page. Men’s basketball in particular is a huge part of our listenership, and that cannot be cut off for any circumstances…We should not have been kicked out, but that’s not under my control.”
Interim Building Operations Manager Arlene Macavinta declined to comment.