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Personalities Behind the Podcast

A behind the voices look at Liberty's first ever radio show

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A recording of J-Dubs in the Morning in the new LHS Publications studio.

A recording of J-Dubs in the Morning in the new LHS Publications studio.

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A recording of J-Dubs in the Morning in the new LHS Publications studio.

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There’s no denying the passion Caleb Woods and Lawson Murphree have for what they do, namely radio.

They helped start Liberty’s first ever weekly podcast radio show called J-Dubs in the Morning.

J-Dubs in Morning is an entertainment show like you would hear on the radio in the morning on your way to school.

Woods has been in the publication classes for two years and plans to continue throughout high school and college. He has an interesting philosophy on journalism.

“Everyone is a journalist, even if they don’t know it,” Woods said. “I think people think that to be a journalist you have to write stories in A.P. style, but no, everyone can be. When you’re at a big event and take a picture and share it on social media, that can be citizen journalism,” Woods said.

The idea for the show initiated in journalism class, but his fascination with radio goes way back to 2012. His first glimpse of radio was the Disney movie Radio Rebel, and that sparked an interest that he would later be very determined and excited to carry out. His passion for radio pairs great with his big passion for music.

“I like for the people to just hear my voice, and hear me out,” Woods said.

J-Dubs in the Morning has three main co-hosts: Woods, Murphree and social studies teacher Mr. Walterbach, who is known as J-Dubs. They record the show every Wednesday during AI.

Murphree has a warm inviting personality and was quickly recruited for the show when it was first beginning and has been with it ever since, as co-host and creator.

For Murphree, the podcast came into his life at just the right moment. He was new at Liberty last year, and his fellow co-host Caleb extended the olive branch and that was where it all began, not just for the show but for new friendships.

“The people here have really applauded my efforts, and it’s something I’m really excited to have here,” Lawson said.

Walterbach is the face of the show – not his idea – here’s how he got here.

“It started because I was Caleb’s AI teacher and he would record the show in my room and I would just be like ‘hey I wanna be on the show, I wanna be on the show’ and next thing I know I’m on the show,” Walterbach said.

Aside from being constantly entertained by the personalities on the show, he fondly remembers one of his favorite memories.

“Caleb always sends out press releases. My favorite memory was getting the press release from Caleb saying that said it was official, I’m a member of the show,” Walterbach said.

Walterbach contributes by being another voice, doing a fact of the day, and sometimes randomly talking about science.

The team has recorded 24 shows and counting.

The show has developed a lot since last year. They started in Mr. Hall’s back room with just a Chromebook and a microphone, and they have come a long way since then. They acquired two microphones, a mixing board and a studio. They added two more co-hosts Brandon Barry and Brandon (Swag) Salamun, which changed the show ‘tremendously’ because it added even more opinions to the widely varying views of all the hosts.

“The guys are great, I’ve gotten to know them so well, and I’ve gotten long lasting friendships that I probably wont ever forget,” Murphree said.

For Barry and Salamun, it has been more than just fun for them. They have gained valuable social skills from being involved

The main ambition for the show is simply to see it continue even when the original co founders are not at Liberty anymore.

“So I can look back and say ‘Hey, we started that,’” said Caleb.

All the hosts, especially Lawson and Caleb, have extreme pride in the show. It’s given them a voice, it’s funny and they talk about everything under the sun. It’s even reached other schools. One of the schools that it has reached is Duello Elementary where a whole team of fourth grade teachers listen to the show. Check out lhstoday.org every Wednesday for a new J-Dubs in the Morning.

About the Writer
Melana Quarles, Reporter

Melana is a junior and this is her third year being apart of LHS Publications.  She writes for The Ledger and is a radio personality on J-Dubs in the...

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One Response to “Personalities Behind the Podcast”

  1. Caleb Woods on January 29th, 2018 12:39 pm

    Great Article. Thank you, Melana for covering the radio show.

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