Though she didn’t attend Beloit College as a student, the campus—in particular, the WBCR studios on the fourth floor of Pearsons Hall—came to mind when the photographer shooting Cidney Hall’s engagement photos asked her about locations of special significance. She and her fiance (both pictured at right) were striking poses amid shelves of record albums in the WBCR studio Saturday as part of their engagement photo shoot.
Hall, of Machesney Park, Ill., was a summer programmer at the student-run radio station for several years in the recent past, including 2008, when she met her now-fiance, Joe. That summer, she had a show playing, “Whatever I felt like that day,” she explains. “I let him come up to the studio with me a few times.”
It was in the WBCR studio that their relationship experienced two major milestones: making it official and dropping the L-word. “I’d refer to him as my not-boyfriend,” she recalls with a smile. “We were on air and he asked me to be his non-not-girlfriend.” A few weeks later, also on air, he told her (for the first time) that he loved her.
The couple will marry at Rockford’s Coronado Theatre in November.
On a related note, if you’re not looking for love but really do love independent programming, you can now see WBCR’s fall schedule online here.