Kathleen Creedon, Trinity junior, joined the KRTU team as an intern in Fall of 2018. In addition to being the photographer and blog master for the Indie Overnight website, she is the host of No Boys Allowed, an Indie Overnight program airing on KRTU every Saturday night at 10:00 pm.
Not only do you represent under- represented voices, but you are also proactive in giving them a platform to be heard. Do you air any content that can be seen as protest, about rising to the top and bursting that glass ceiling?
I don't go out of my way to find specific songs or artists that highlight messages of empowerment or protest, but they do come up from time to time. I think those messages are important, but I think the expectation that women have to be radical to be revolutionary is dismissive of women who are creating music for other reasons. I'm all about an artist who is strong and impressive, but that doesn't mean she has to create feminist punk to be heard.
What are some of the challenges you see facing women in the live music scene or on the airwaves?
I'm not a musician and really the only connection I have to the industry is the times I'm on-air or researching new artists and music, but an issue that I can imagine would be a big one is something I've already touched on: the idea that women have to produce revolutionary music for it to be worth listening to. Including the more obvious, larger issues, like sexual harassment and intrinsic oppression, I think the expectations for music created by female-identifying and non-binary artists and the double standards within the industry are major challenges.
Do you think the female presence is growing in the music scene in San Antonio?
I don't know much about the music scenes in other cities, but I've been involved and around the San Antonio scene for almost six years or so, and those were very transformative years — my last years of high school and into college. San Antonio seems to have offered many female-identifying musicians plenty of room to grow and to thrive. There are plenty of examples of female-identifying artists who are powerful and strong and people I look up to, and it's nice to be a part of a community that supports and encourages that.
Do you have a favorite female-identifying musician? If so, what makes them stand out? Do you identify personally with them?
It's hard to identify just one artist I like most because I'm looking for new female-identifying artists to feature on my show regularly. I've made it a goal of mine to listen only to female-identifying and non-binary artists as much as possible, so I'm always discovering amazing musicians. It's a good problem to have, not to be able decide which strong artist I most admire. My favorite artist currently, and probably for a while, is Anna Burch because I truly believe she can read directly into my soul. I identify with her music so intensely and in ways that I haven't identified with music before.
You can hear Kathleen on Saturday nights at 10:00 pm. Another female host whose focusing is on female and female-identifying musicians is Jacqueline Sotelo who airs Women in Jazz every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm.