As an aspiring audio engineer, Lydia Arguello studies music technology and works at KKSM, where she engineered the station’s College Radio Day broadcast in October.
This spring, she was the only woman on the list of nominees for “Best Audio Engineer” at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) awards in New York.
“I am definitely for women moving beyond the standard categories,” she said, “and I think having women in this industry is really important.”
An ardent music lover, Arguello noticed that it’s rare to see a woman setting up and running the technology at the live performances she attends.
“I came here for the radio program,” she said, recalling that she began to understand her potential during the KKSM broadcast in October: “I was the only person touching the board, so to have them depending on me—that was the point where I was like, ‘I can do this.’”