Christopher Shelby joined KCBX in July 2004 soon after discovering that the classical music he’d just found on his radio was coming from a station that was public, local, and 2 miles away. He had to work there. He’d wanted to be in radio since he was 14. He had a classical show at St. Mary’s College and UCLA, but he had no formal training, so he would’ve been happy starting out polishing microphones and watching professionals work.
Instead, to his terror, he was offered opportunities as a volunteer announcer, then producer, classical show host, and interviewer. Now he’s the weekend announcer and operations assistant. He still stops every once in a while, looks around the control room, and thinks “how cool is this?!”