December 14, 2011
Over the past four days, I've spent many, many hours in the library...more than I want to think about right now. I've finished two papers, a presentation, and a project, and the only thing now that stands between me and freedom is an exam tomorrow morning. To be fair, nothing so far has been really that difficult, just time-consuming to the point where I've spent about triple the time in this chair in the library as I have in my bed - needless to say, I plan on hibernating when I get home.
With that said, I decided I would take this entry to talk about something I've never really gotten into, but has become a favorite ritual for me over the past year and a half, namely my weekly radio show at WHCL. Last semester, my co-DJ's, DJ SAJ Errday and DJ Swaze, invited me to join them in the booth, and since then I never looked back. We had the Sunday midnight slot, and "SlymeTyme Live" strived each week to bring to the airwaves nothing but the best. One of the best things about the station is the variety of shows there are, not just style of music but type of show - some are talk radio, others sports, and still others, like us, are devoted almost entirely to music. Some of our listeners in the past have complained that we need to talk more - we tend sometimes to go from song to song with no break in between, but this suits us just fine.
This semester, we had the Tuesday midnight slot, and our show was titled "Ya Tu Sabe." Same music, same style, just preferred something fresh for the name. I prefer the late night show - the way I look at it, it's a great way to unwind and relax after a long day, and I'm always ready to sleep when it's done. Usually, I'll tell some friends and my sisters to tune in, and most do, excited for a potential shout-out. From other people I've talked to who have radio shows, there's occasionally friendly competition to see who has more listeners. And sure, I've taken part in this sometimes, but getting a large audience has never been that important to my time on the show, I really just take it for what it is - an hour to relax with a couple of friends and show each other the music we've been into recently. If we happen to have a lot of listeners on a particular night, all the better, and if we know there are a number of people tuning in, we'll talk more. Of course, it's easy to say this when the average listenership seems to hover around 6 people each week, but regardless, I look forward to our show next fall when I'm back on campus, and we can keep playing the hits for the handful of people that happen to be up at midnight, and the two other DJs sharing the booth.
Major / Minor: Public Policy / Hispanic Studies
Activities: soccer, WHCL DJ, The Spectator, Operation Smile
Favorite pastimes: Spending too much time following soccer, midnight breakfast at the diner, late night video game sessions, wasting time at Opus, watching reruns of The Office, napping and playing obnoxiously loud music
Hometown: Maplewood, N.J.
High School: Columbia High School