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WVLP’s, The Late Shift

Written by Neal F. Litherland. Posted in Community News, Featured

Published on July 18, 2012 with No Comments

Monday night crew provides a local show for Valparaiso residents

If Valparaiso was given a voice, what would it sound like? What would it talk about? Well, chances are good that it would talk about movies and sports, local music and news events. It would give us segments of new music and crack jokes while making sure it was still providing everyone with hours of entertainment and information. At least that’s what the WVLP Late Shift sounds like.

“We’re a little random, and we’re always taking ideas and feedback,” said Shaun Parent, host and founder of the WVLP Late Shift show. “We try to be a show for Valpo.”

The WVLP Late Shift has been running steadily since its incarnation in October 2011 from 10 p.m. until midnight on Mondays, with a rebroadcast in the same time slot on Fridays.

“It’s hard to fill a content slot for two hours,” Parent said, explaining why the show has so many different segments and why it seems to be constantly changing.

According to Parent, the show has some regular segments on it, like sports talk and news in both the local community and in the world, but other parts change every segment. The show may feature a local band or guest; there may be a review of the latest movie that’s hit big in theaters that week; or they might just ramble on about whatever is current and topical. Every show is different.

Much like the show itself, the crew also changes depending on availability. While Parent is always the host, other members like Mike Markley, Josh Couwenhoven and Zoltan Saary may appear depending on personal schedules.

The Late Shift is, after all, a not for profit endeavor, so no one on board gets paid. They’re just there to provide a good show for the residents of Valparaiso who tune in.

While the Late Shift has been on the air for less than a year, the idea began 3 or 4 years previous to the show landing a spot at WVLP. Parent, who has always been interested in radio, had been podcasting and learning the skills and technology he needed to know. When graduation from Ivy Tech loomed, he decided that it was time for the next step.

“It’s different,” Parent said, joking that when you’re on the radio, “you’ve gotta be clean.”

However, despite the trials and tribulations of keeping a volunteer crew together and coming up with things that the community needs to know week after week, Parent said that they always have a good time.

“It’s fun,” he said. “Not many people know that we exist, but we’re still there.”

In addition to broadcasting on WVLP over the radio waves, the WVLP Late Shift also streams live over the Internet from the station’s website www.WVLP.org. This gives listeners the chance to catch the show no matter where they are as long as they have an Internet connection.

There’s also been talk, none of it set in stone yet, that a time shift might occur for the show. If the shift happens (and it will be announced if it does) then the Late Shift will be on the Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Parent said that no matter what happens, plenty of announcements will be made to keep fans up to date.

If you want to keep updated with the Late Shift’s latest guests and upcoming events, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/WVLPLateShift. More information on the Late Shift and other WVLP radio shows can be found at www.WVLP.org.

Join the WVLP Family and Friends Friday, July 27th
Hog Roast Community Dinner Fundraiser

From 4 to 8 p.m. WVLP hosts its community Hog Roast dinner at the Butterfield Pavilion. Dinner is catered by Strongbow’s and coordinated by Dave-O and Tony-D of Punk Rock Radio. Tickets are $20; children under 10 eat for free with a paying adult. Call the station at 219-476-9000 or email info@wvlp.org for more information and to secure a ticket.

"Shaun Parent, the host of the WVLP Late Shift, rallies the crew for another live show."

"The Late Shift always tries to have local guests. Eric Lucas and Chris Nixon (lower left) from the band Everest were asked onto the show recently. The crew (counterclockwise from the right) that night was Josh Couwenhoven, Shaun Parent and Zoltan Saary."

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About Neal F. Litherland

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Neal Litherland is a Valparaiso resident who has been a freelance writer for several years. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He offers advice on money-saving tips using common-sense tactics. He welcomes suggestions and comments. Contact Neal: neal@thechroniclenwi.com.

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