DJ Spotlight: Erin Delaney ’16

By Teddy Farkas ’16

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Name: Erin Delaney ’16

Show: “Music For Menstruating Women” on Mondays from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Hometown: Bronxville, NY

Major: English

Where did you come up with the title for your show? Based on your title, would the show be lost on males, pre-pubescents, or menopausal women?
A decent question. I don’t actually remember where I came up with the idea for my show. [But] a couple of people have asked me if they can listen to the show if they’re male or not menstruating, I mean, I would think yes. How I like to think of my show is that it’s like if the new side of Peirce [Dining Hall] were enclosed in pink satin and all the women at Kenyon menstruated at once and we just sat there and had pizza fed to us.

Sounds pleasant.
That’s the atmosphere I’m trying to convey.

What kind of music do you feature on your show generally and do you have any specific themes or is it just what you’re listening to lately?
I feature exclusively Vagina Rock. But mostly feminist punk. Also other things. I do think that my playlists are majority female artists, which honestly has a lot to do with what I’m listening to, but I also feature male artists that I like. It’s usually just what I’m listening to. I try to put the songs in a nice order so they’ll be aesthetically pleasing to listen to, but I don’t really do themes. But I will be having a blood-themed show soon [laughs].

Is there an album or albums that have affected you lately and have influenced your show?
I have been listening to the album Feminist Sweepstakes by Le Tigre an awful lot lately just ’cause I feel like it’s very positive and enjoyable, and also I’ve been listening to RuPaul’s music, which is just extremely fun and positive. I’m unsure if RuPaul can sing, don’t tell him I said that, but it’s just like, I feel like I’ve gotten more poppy as a result of those things. But also Courtney Barnett’s new album [Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit], which I think is incredible.

What’s your favorite concert you’ve attended?
I saw Against Me! a few years ago and Joan Jett came out and did “Androgynous” [by the Replacements] with them and it was just a small-ish show and it was awesome. It was very powerful and I really liked it. It was right before Laura Jane Grace [lead singer of Against Me!] came out as trans. Oh no, maybe it was actually after that because I think her voice was changing. Maybe it was after she came out as trans. I’ve seen them a few times. But that was my favorite concert I’ve ever seen. It was just a good group, which is always important.

How has your local music scene affected your tastes?
You know what, I wish my local scene affected me more, because I feel like most good music—or most music I’m discovering nowadays—I’m discovering in the context of the local scene that it’s in, because then you find so many other great bands that branch off of that. But I kind of am only recently discovering the kind of cool scene, the D.I.Y. punk scene that has cropped up around Silent Barn and that area of Brooklyn, and also I really like The Le Sigh and I have started liking that zine culture that’s still available online. So I wish I could say that it had influenced me more, but that’s only just starting.

How has being one of the general managers of the radio station this past year affected the way you go about your show and how you see the radio as a whole? Well I definitely have to be much more careful about playing swear words and I’m sure some freshman is listening to it, and they’ll record it and blackmail me about it. [laughs] Honestly 90 percent of it is that I just have less time to do my show, but I also kind of feel like as a general manager I listen to the radio a lot more, which is definitely enjoyable. It turns out we have pretty good radio here! But on the other hand, I get to hear what other people are playing and I think that’s influenced me because people have looser structures than I do and I usually play, like, three songs and then take a break, but now I’ll play, like, a 10-minute Laurie Anderson song and breathe heavily into the microphone for a little while. [laughs] No, but you know, looser.

Do you have any final thoughts or comments you want to give to your audience about radio as a whole?
Approach life labia out. But really, [aside from the joke], I’ve come to realize [something about WKCO] after having volunteered at a radio station in New York that was entirely listener-supported [WFMU]. They could do whatever they wanted because they weren’t beholden to any larger commercial industry. … But even there, [you see that] you really have to appreciate this opportunity [at Kenyon] that’s available nowhere else where you can play whatever you want and it’s not hard to get a show. Appreciate us!

You can appreciate Erin by liking her show’s page on Facebook and WKCO as a station by visiting wkco.org, or by liking us on Facebook or following us on Instagram or Twitter.

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