KSTO is a student-run radio station of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. KSTO has been on the air in one form or another without interruption (for the most part) since 1957. In 1965, it installed its AM Carrier Current system which involved utilizing St. Olaf’s infamous steam tunnels to run wires from the station to each residence hall. At the time of its inception, KSTO served as an outlet for students to express their opinions, and its music format reflected the progressive views of the campus at the time.
To this day, KSTO offers the same opportunity to any St. Olaf student, asking only that on-air personalities adhere to the same FCC guidelines which govern every radio station in the country. Beyond that, there is no censorship or policies dictating what types of music students can play and what topics of conversation DJ’s can cover.
As St. Olaf continues to grow in numbers, KSTO continues to grow in popularity. Since 2000, KSTO has broadcast from a dedicated space on the lower level of Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf’s campus center. This production suite consists of a reception room, office for managers and music directors, on air studio, and recording studio.
Abby Johnson is a junior Music and Management studies major from Santa Monica, CA. She loves hiking, drinking tea, and dancing to the Bee Gees. Abby is a Libra!!!
Assistant Stage Manager
Teddy is KSTO’s Assistant Station Manager and St. Olaf’s very own campus cowboy. He hosts his country and western show: Western Skies on Tuesday nights at 7. He is a German and Sociology/Anthropology major, with a concentration in International Relations.
This is Sylvia. She is in the class of 2024 and is studying studio art and education and is from Minnetonka, MN. She likes listening to fingerpick-y singer songwriter-y stuff and is missing her AirPods. Please you guys, have you seen my AirPods?
Production and Tech
Grace is a junior biology major with a concentration in film and media studies from Seattle, WA! You can find her messing up her paleoecological research, hammocking in the natural lands, and struggling to organize her spotify account. Listen to her show, Beat Retreat, on Thursdays @ 7pm!!!
Production and Tech
Kai is one half of KSTO’s Production and Tech team and hosts his own radio show, Just Swimming Radio, on Wednesdays at 9pm. He’s a Political Science major with concentrations in Film and Media studies and Race and Ethnic studies in the class of 2023. He enjoys hip hop and jazz, cats, tattoos, and going on bike rides.
Abby Velazquez is a sophomore Psychology and Greek major from Palmdale, CA. She hosts “tswizzle drizzle” every Monday from 8-9pm, where she only plays Taylor Swift. She loves hiking, the beach, her dogs, and her tortoise.
Web Content Team
Cinthia is currently a junior from Aurora, Colorado majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She likes to thrift, take brisk walks, and send her mom tiktoks on WhatsApp. Tune in on Thursday’s 8-9pm to listen to The Cynthia Show!
Kaashya is a sophomore Biology and Computer Science major from Bangalore, India. When she’s not obsessing about whales, she’s usually making VERY specific playlists, which she plays on her show called “Oddly Specific Symphonies” on Mondays at 11 pm.