Who to Listen to on WMSR Redhawk Radio

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Now that our radio hosts have been on air for two weeks, it’s time for their audience to get to know them a little better. Hosts were asked the same five (very important) questions to give readers an idea of what our airwaves are offering.
Note: This list doesn’t include every show on Redhawk Radio, only the ones whose hosts responded to the questions. Does this make them the best shows on air? Who’s to say!

MONDAYS

Psych Mike

Host: Michael Easley
Time: Mondays at 2 p.m.
1. What is your show about?

We listen to experimental progressive underground metal and discuss the compositional and thematic choices behind the music. 

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

Experimental, atmospheric, idiosyncratic

3. Who is your ideal listener?

Anyone who enjoys metal music, progressive music, or who is looking to explore the depths of sonic possibility.

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

Being able to share my love of metal music with the world. I get to show off these weird obscure bands with other people and express what I found so interesting about them. Any chance I get to give these smaller bands exposure to a wider audience is an opportunity to enrich both the listener and the band’s lives. 

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be?

Definitely a stuffed jalapeño.

The Armstrong Angle

Host: Taylor Armstrong
Time: Mondays at 7 p.m.
1. What is your show about?

Political talk show where I discuss the spotlight political events, debates, and topics of the week. 

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

Opinionated, casual, humorous 

3. Who is your ideal listener?

Primarily the conservative/right-leaning college student or any student with or without political affiliation. 

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

Getting to discuss political topics from a right-leaning perspective to an audience of college students. 

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be?

Sweet-tarts

Oxford on the Aux 

Hosts: Kelly Milan “Kell” & Michael Magnarelli “Mags”
Time: Mondays at 9 p.m.
1. What is your show about?

Classic Rock hits, current news, guest performers, a show about everything…! 

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

Engaging, witty, genuine 

3. Who is your ideal listener?

A vinyl record shop owner, a 65 year old who went to Woodstock, the guy chilling on the street next to a radio, Mick Jagger 

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

Having a silly goose time with Mags, staying up-to-date with the news, engaging in discussion,  interviewing guests, playing my fans’ songs…oh and laughing. Yes, laughing is key. 

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be?

If my show were a food? So, if my show was edible? Hmm… definitely a thick crust, gooey… cheesy, hot slice of a Chicago deep-dish pizza. Preferably, from Lou Malnati’s.

TUESDAYS

Voyages

Host: Ashley Mickens
Time: Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
1. What’s your show about? (What music do you play? What do you talk about?) 

I play a little bit of everything, but I love showcasing music that has some element of cross cultural or cross genre fusion. I also try to highlight events that are happening on campus that aim to increase cross cultural awareness or facilitate discussions about different cultures.

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show? 

Surprising, eclectic, laidback

3. Who is your ideal listener? 

Anyone who’s curious about different cultures or wants to experience music that’s outside the mainstream.  

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

It’s really fun, but also kind of relaxing. You get to play the kind of music you like and share it with people. It’s an hour where you can explore the elements of music that you don’t get to think about too often. 

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be? 

Probably a burrito. You have all kinds of fillings, but you might get something a little different each time. And when you’re eating the burrito, everything gets mixed together, but it’s held together by the tortilla. My show is pretty much the same. You never really know what you’re going to get in terms of song choice, but I try to act as the tortilla and hold it all together. 

Stupid Spooks

Hosts: Kashia Ellis-Taylor and Gina Moravec
Time: Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
1. What’s your show about? 

We look at scary stories (Sometimes true, sometimes not) and come up with dumb theories about them. We also have an improvised continuing story connecting all of the stupid spooks together.

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

Dumb, supernatural, mysterious

3. Who is your ideal listener?

College kids who want to learn something new, then enjoy some people being dumb on the airwaves.

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

It’s a great stress-reliever, and a fun thing to do with friends. Without this show, we wouldn’t have bonded over Peppa Pig.

That’s One Big Pile of Show

Host: Jake Caldwell
Time: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
1. What is your show about?

I talk about all things cinema: movies, actors/actresses, costumes, scores and directors.

3. Who is your ideal listener?

Listeners include my friends as well my family members and friends parents. 

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

The best part about the radio show is the freedom to let your emotions and ideas air online towards others.

WEDNESDAYS

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Blog 

Host: Alec Hoelker
Time: Wednesday at 8 p.m. 
1. What is your show about?

My show is about movies, literally. Every week, I pick a new film to discuss ranging from all-time classics like The Shawshank Redemption to current films like Jordan Peele’s Us. We also talk about rom-coms, Adam Sandler’s comedic classics… the list is never-ending. 

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

The first adjective I would use to describe my show is rambunctious because my special guests are always so excited to be on. The second would be new because although there are hundreds of movie podcasts, my guests and I are just normal people that just love to talk about movies that we love. And the third has got to be joyful because a minute won’t go by without someone laughing. 

3. Who is your ideal listener?

My ideal listener is anyone who loves movies, and there is a lot of you, I know. 

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

The best part about having a show is that I can be as creative as I want. Getting on air every week is something I look forward to. 

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be?

If my show were a food, it would definitely be a full three-course meal. The appetizer could be either chips and salsa or an incredible bowl of soup. The main entree is chicken alfredo pasta with topped with mushrooms. Then a piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream to close it out. And of course unlimited bread. And if you can’t listen on Wednesday, no worries, all my episodes are published on Spotify and SoundCloud 

FRIDAYS

It’s a Kubi Day!

Host: Sarah Kubican
Time: Friday at 1pm
1. What is your show about?

My show’s mostly music based, but I was too noncommittal to choose a specific genre (because I’m a bit all over the place), so I settled on the concept of making the radio show reflect the weather(?), more like a specific mood. Rainy days are more acoustic, sometimes purely classical; sunny days more upbeat. Sometimes, I’ll just settle on a theme for the day and follow that. I wanted something kind of unpredictable because all the radio shows back home stuck to their set 24/7, and I always felt like I’d heard all the songs before.

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

I guess: unpredictable, witty, and eclectic

3. Who is your ideal listener?

I always don’t know how to answer this question. Is it too bold to say everyone? I think today’s listener is definitely less genre bound than previous generations, and I certainly hope that I have enough variety to entertain that audience. However, I guess, my ideal audience is about anyone in the midst of activity or inactivity that needs some sort of backdrop to the hour.

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

I think I like the idea of just being able to put everything out there. I no longer have to convince family members that they just have to listen to a song. I just play it and then they blow up my phone asking for the name. I guess it’s a better way to connect to the people around me and share the same songs stuck in my head.

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be?

Clementines. They’re round, peelable, snackable, portable, enjoyable. Plus my favorite food, so I see only positives 🙂

Wallowing in Your Own Madness

Host: Jonathan Mirau
Time: Fridays at 3 pm
1. What is your show about?

The show is about a variety of topics such as memes, recent events, funny stories in my life, accents and many other things. As for music, most of it is contemporary rock and anything else I enjoy

2. What three adjectives would you use to describe your show?

Random, unpredictable and

3. Who is your ideal listener?

Mainly anyone who wants some entertainment

4. What’s the best part about having a radio show?

My favorite part is that I have a creative outlet. Plus I love doing accents and this gives me an opportunity to do them.

Bonus: If your show were a food, which would it be?

If my show was a food then it would definitely be a party platter since there are many different topics that come up in my show.

Be sure to tune in each week to hear your favorite show!

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