The Devil's Dish

2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

Blaze through the summer days

Station manager, Rodmanned Nikpour, working diligently at the operation board of ASU’s resident student-run radio The Blaze 1330 AM. Photo by Alexa Geidel.

Station manager, Rodmanned Nikpour, working diligently at the operation board of ASU’s resident student-run radio The Blaze 1330 AM. Photo by Alexa Geidel.

Blaze 1330 AM is the constant soundtrack for life at ASU, get to know the guy behind it all.

By Alexa Geidel

Any student that attends the Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication walks through the Taylor mall at least once a day.

Streaming 24/7 in that mall is ASU’s radio station: The Blaze 1330 AM.

Entering its thirty-second year, The Blaze is a “big piece of ASU history, and we’re only trying to make it bigger,” according to station manager Rodmanned Nikpour.

The upcoming senior is the ringmaster behind all things Blaze. Moustache and all. “I do it for the fans,” he jokes about how his peers recognize him in real life, twirling the end of his off-air celebrated facial hair.

But behind the mane, there lies a multi-faceted student who comes to Cronkite only for the music.

Nikpour is a member of two separate bands: Ursus Colossus, formed in 2010 when he and his bandmates were still in high school, in which he is the lead guitarist; and Ghost Island, which he joined this past January. He describes the sound of both as “instrumental, ambiental post-rock.”

Nikpour added that for him, music came first. He began listening to “real music” as a junior in high school and became intrigued by radio.

Once at ASU, he knew he needed to find somewhere to focus his passion for music; The Blaze turned out to be that place.

“It became more than an extracurricular, it became a passion,” he mused. He expressed that the biggest part of the job is understanding the passion.

At The Blaze, they strive to help the students of ASU to discover music they never knew existed.

The station supports both local and commonplace Indie/Alternative bands. During the interview, V.V. Brown sang softly in the background.

The ultimate goal, as Nikpour divulged, is to make the students go out of their way to listen to their playlists.

 

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