By Mary Ashton Nall
Lindsey Malley answers each question her staff asks with kindness and expertise as she looks up from making adjustments to her calendar. Malley, an Ole Miss senior from Long Beach, Miss, is the manager of Rebel Radio — possibly the only student-run, commercially licensed radio station in the nation.
The station provides an array of popular music and news updates for the Oxford area. Rebel Radio also invites bands, Ole Miss ASB officers, administration, and athletic coaches and players on air weekly to talk about ongoing campus and community activities.
The station is open to the entire student body for auditions. Malley tried out for a position as a DJ her sophomore year. As a pharmacy major, she believes the station is an opportunity for every student, not just journalism majors. She encourages more students to become involved.
“Rebel Radio is a creative outlet for anyone with a strong personality,” Malley said. “If you have that, we want you here.”
As manager, Malley is responsible for all students on her staff, including three assistant managers and more than 20 DJs. Her duties are widely spread from scheduling on-air guests to keeping track of licensing. Malley also sees air time as she helps host one of the station’s talk shows, “News Mix at Six.”
Senior DJ Micah Johnson says he enjoys working under Malley.
“Lindsey is a great boss,” Johnson said. “She holds you accountable but never limits you.”
Malley plans to attend the Ole Miss pharmacy school. She plans to audition for a DJ spot next year.
“As long as I’m in Oxford, I hope to have a spot on Rebel Radio,” Malley said.
Mary Ashton Nall is a marketing/corporate relations major from Auburn, Al.