DJ Spotlight: Sonia Calzaretta ’18

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Name: Sonia Calzaretta ’18

Show: “Pop, Rock, and Cola” on Saturdays 10-11pm EST

Hometown: Walla Walla, WA

Major: Undeclared (but probably Russian Area Studies)

Where in Washington is Walla Walla near? 

It’s in the Southeastern corner of the state. It’s right on the border with Oregon. We’re kind of close to Spokane-ish? We’re like four or five hours from Seattle, on the opposite side of the state. People are always like “Are you close to Seattle?”

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DJ Spotlight: Hannah Klubeck ’19

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Name: Hannah Klubeck ’19

Show: “Songs My Dad Likes” on Thursdays 12-1am EST

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

Major: Undeclared

Do you actually play exclusively songs that your dad likes or is the music your dad likes exclusively the kind of music that you like? 

Well, I came up with the name just as a shoutout to my dad because he has great music taste, but I definitely don’t only play songs my dad likes. [For instance], he listened to five minutes of my radio show and then he was like, “I’m out,” because there were no songs that he liked, but a lot of them are songs he likes and he just likes my music. We shared an iPod for a very long time.

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DJ Spotlight: Taylor Cornelius ’16

By Teddy Farkas ’16

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Name: Taylor Cornelius ’16

Show: “Greta Life” on Thursdays 9-10pm EST

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, Poetry

Who is Greta, what is her lifestyle, and why should we be living it?

Greta is my German Shepard. Her lifestyle is, I would say simple but full of joy and that’s why we should be living it, because, you know, being a dog is kind of awesome. I think she has a good life.

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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.

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DJ Spotlight: Abby Armato ’17

by Julia Waldow ’17

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Name: Abby Armato ’17

Show: “This Kenyon Life” on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. (Editor’s note: “This Kenyon Life” is modeled off NPR’s “This American Life” and features students’ stories about a given topic.)

Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois

How did you come up with the idea for your show?                                               
Over the summer, I worked at a really boring job and literally stood in front of a scanner for eight hours and scanned documents. It was the most miserable job. I’ve never cleaned up poop or had to raise terribly tormenting children, but scanning—just scanning—is terrible. And so podcasts were God’s gift to me for having this boring job. I began listening to “Welcome to Nightvale” and “Snap Judgement” and “This American Life” and “Thrilling Adventure Hour.” And I loved it. I’ve always loved storytelling … [but] I never thought about radio storytelling before I started listening to “This Kenyon Life.” I was going on a walk with my mom in the late summer, and I was like, “When I get to Kenyon, I want to have a radio show and it’s going to be really cool.” Because I’m a transfer student, I was aware that I was going to be behind socially … so I tried to pinpoint what I wanted to do from the get-go so I could go into school having a sense of where I was trying to get to.

Could you discuss the process of putting your show together?
It’s very haphazard. I try to send out an email the Sunday before and say, “Hey, this is the theme. Send us a story or an idea for a story.” My little plug is, “You’ve lived 18 to 22 years. We’re sure you’ve got a couple good five-minute stories in there.” I love listening to stories and hearing people tell stories, and especially in the beginning of the year, when you’re trying to get to know people and people are telling stories for free, I would try to keep tabs on who told what stories. Spencer Huffman [’17] told a story in the beginning of the year about how when he was younger, he couldn’t sleep with pants on. And I was like, “What a great story!” So when I had the theme “My Childhood Exposed,” I remembered him telling that story and I said, “Spencer, come tell that story on my show.” Sometimes [stories] are prerecorded but … sometimes I’ll have people come to the studio and tell their stories on air. My exact process is still in the early stages. It’s constantly evolving, but next semester, I’m hoping to find a process that sticks.

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DJ Spotlight: Nick Rogers ’15 and Stuart Mitchell ’15

by Teddy Farkas ’16

10647210_1502028686704336_6830695582771205545_nShow: Dimensions of Heresy on Thursdays from 10 to 11 p.m.

DJs: Nick Rogers ’15 and Stuart Mitchell ’15

Majors: History

Hometowns: Nick was born outside of Boston, but grew up mostly in Washington, D.C. and attended high school in Nairobi. Stuart is from Wilmot, Illinois.

I realize you haven’t been on the radio before this year. What inspired you guys to start “Dimensions of Heresy”?

Stuart Mitchell: I remember it vividly.

Nick Rogers: Oh yes.

SM: We were both here over the summer.

NR: As was Chuck [Charlie Collison ’15].

SM: The illustrious king of the radio. And we were sitting behind Nick and Kevin’s [Pan ’15] Acland and we were just casually imbibing in spirits and Charlie brought up that he was king of the radio, which I had no idea, and then he told us we could have a radio show like we wanted and I said ‘Nick, do you wanna have a radio show?’ and Nick said ‘Yes’ and here we are today.

NR: There’s a little more to it than that. That’s how the seed was planted, and then Stuart was also running a game of Shadowrun over that summer. It was us and Nick “The Most Judgmental Gun In The West” Connolly [’15], Charlie, Zac Caputo [’15] and Bimmy [Timmy Broderick ’16] and Issa [Polstein ’15].

SM: Also known as Ming, Candice, and Kareem.

NR: And we played down here [in the WKCO office] a couple of times and it was the first time I’d hung out in WKCO, I think.

SM: ‘Cause we were trying to play in all these other rooms [across campus], but Safety kept locking them, even when we could get into the science quad.

NR: It was a lot like being a bootlegger, probably.

SM: So, we could consistently get down here and [it was] not the ideal space, but it had a bunch of couches and a good surface that everyone could use and I could use that whiteboard to draw stuff.

NR: And then at one point [Charlie] was like, ‘Well if you help us repaint the offices, you’ll get your own radio show,’ and we never repainted any offices.

SM: But we did our intern hours.

NR: And look at us now—we have our own radio show.

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DJ Spotlight: Emma Klein ’17 and Claire Hildebrandt ’17

by Tess Dugan-Knight ’18

Names: Emma Klein ’17 and Claire Hildebrandt ’17

Hometowns: Arlington, Virginia (Emma) and Houston, Texas (Claire)

Show: “Lazy Confessions” on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Describe your show’s vibe in 3 words:

Emma – “Chill … ummm … I don’t know. It’s a good time. That’s four words.”

Claire – “Chill vibes emission.”

Explain your show’s title.

Emma – “It’s a name of a Moldy Peaches song. And the Moldy Peaches are like the anti-folk band that Kimya Dawson was in. And I named it that cause it’s not too long and the idea is that we would like to play songs that are kinda like the mood we are in. So in playing that music you’re almost making a confession about how you’re feeling. And we’re lazy.”

What’s your favorite band?

Emma – “That’s hard. I really love Waxahatchee. She’s releasing a new album.”

Claire – “Tough question … I’ll pick three: Tallest Man on Earth, Beyoncé, and Black Lips, in no particular order.”

And what genre [are those]?

Claire – “I don’t think there’s an overarching theme there … folk, pop-y R&B, and lo-fi rock?”

Emma – “Genre is such a confusing thing. She’s like low-fi DIY alternative rock, I guess.”

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Claire – “I saw the Avett Brothers at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and that was a lot of fun. Joe Kwon is my role model.”

Emma – “I went to a Marina and the Diamonds [concert]. That was really fun. I saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the first music festival I ever went to and that was amazing.”

Choose a song that describes you or your personal anthem.

Emma – “‘The Dreamer’ by The Tallest Man on Earth.”

Claire – “‘Two Weeks’ by Grizzly Bear.”

What’s a crazy fact about you?

Emma – “I can tie a cherry string into a knot in my mouth.”

Claire – “My beta fish Yoncé has a fake crocodile skull in his tank.”

Listen to “Lazy Confessions” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays!

DJ Profiles: Oubadah Alwan ’18 and Yara Al-nouri ’18

Names: Oubadah Alwan ’18 and Yara Al-nouri ’18

Show: Tea Time with Hummus and Tabouli on Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hometowns:

Oubadah: Claremont, Calif. (a city of trees and Ph.D.’s)

Yara: Metro Detroit Area (The guy who walked down the highway in only a cowboy hat was right where I live.)

Majors:

Yara: Undecided

Oubadah: Sociology and International Studies double major with an Arabic minor (or at least that’s the plan)

Can you explain your show’s name for me?

Oubadah: Yara’s nickname was hummus in high school. We’re both Syrian and those are Syrian foods. And hum and tub is catchy.

On your show last time, you played only songs that were not in English. Is that something that you’re interested in continuing or were you just experimenting?

Yara: Honestly, we would be down to play music from other cultures but we aren’t going to actively make it a thing or do another entire show of it. We enjoy music and love hearing other cultures’ music so it would be nice to play a few international songs.

Can you describe the vibe and theme of your show?

Yara: It’s gonna vary every week depending on what we’re listening to in our own time.

Oubadah: We want to introduce new sounds and culture and whatever we enjoy.

Yara: We just wanna show that we are young, hip, and have friends.

What inspired you to start a radio show?

Yara: Oubadah and I are just like really bored with our lives so, like, why not make a radio show.

Oubadah: We wanted to express what tea time with hummus and tabouli means.

Both: We wanted an hour devoted to us because we’re narcissists.

What artists are timeless to you? Ones that you’ll keep going back to again and again?

Oubadah: Vampire Weekend, The Shins, and Radiohead.

Yara: I’ve seen The Shins live twice.

Oubadah: What the f**k!

Yara: That’s a hard question. The Antlers, Van Morison, Jeff Buckley. I really listen to everything. Oh, and Chvrches.

Can you think of a song that represents you or that you especially connect with?

Oubadah: Yes! “Sleeping Lessons” by the Shins. In my opinion it has the most genius lyrics I’ve ever heard. The tune lulls you to sleep then turns into this raw and empowering song.

Yara: Right now the only thing that comes to mind is the original Arthur theme song. Like from the cartoon about the aardvark. I just feel like that song stands for everything I strive for. I also still watch Arthur from time to time.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?

Yara: I once fed a baby bear Fruit Loops. It was the first time I felt love in my life and really wanted to care for another being. There are photos of it on my Facebook if you don’t believe me.

Oubadah: That’s freaking awesome! Give me a second to one up that … I can twist my hand 360 degrees.

You can like their Facebook page here.

DJ Profile: Lindsey Stoner ’18

by Amanda Goodman ’18

I recently hit up the DJ booth to observe the Beyonce of radio, Lindsey Stoner of “Lindsey’s Tunes,” in her natural habitat. After I recovered from my initial star-struckness, I got the full run down from Lindsey about the ins and outs of radio.

Her theme two days ago was “Lindsey’s favorite songs from all the concerts she’s been to.” She started with Rihanna (her first concert), followed by The Click Five, Dr. Dog, STRFKR, The Black Keys, Griz, El Ten Eleven, Pinback, the Dandy Warhols, Arcade Fire, Tune-Yards, Guantanamo Baywatch, and finally Clap Your Hands Say Yes. Within that hour we travelled through time and space, throwing it back to the era of MySpace and alternative-pop boy bands with the early 2000s hit song “Just the Girl” and then making our way forward to about 2012 with “Barbacoa.”

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