Guerrilla Radio

Have you ever wished you could just listen to me talk for a half hour or so? Well wish no more! That’s right, woodchuck chuckers. I’m starting a radio show!

Or more precisely, a couple of coworkers and I are starting a show.

Why are we doing it? To promote the library where I work and try to connect to students in a new and fun way. (At least, that’s the theory.) We’re also hoping to have some fun in the process, so don’t think you’d just be listening to 30 minutes of droning about library programming or anything like that.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’m honestly a bit nervous about it. Not that I can’t talk with the best of them, but still . . . there’s a certain base level of nerves when you embark on a new endeavor. Plus, the agony of listening to your own voice and wondering how in the world you people can stand it when it sounds like that all the time.

What are we going to be talking about? I imagine it will be like this blog in many ways. in that we’ll discuss whatever we feel like, with the stipulation that it has to be library related. Politics is completely verboten, so I guess I’ll have to wait for a while before my dreams to take my Trump bashing to the airwaves. But television, movie, book, and music reviews and discussion? Totally fair game.

I don’t know what we’re going to call the show yet, and I don’t know exactly how it will play out. We’re contractually obligated to play at least one song and one Public Service Announcement every half hour, so there’s that. At the moment, I’m thinking about having a different discussion topic each show, along with a chance for each of us to make one recommendation a week, whether it’s book, movie, or music related. (There’s going to be three of us sharing the booth. We all like to talk and get along well. Let’s hope that carries over to the show.)

But what you really want to know is “When can I listen to it and where?”

Wonder no longer, my friends. We’re going to be broadcasting on WUMF 91.5 for you hyperlocal folks. Every Monday morning when school is in session, from 10:30am-11:00am. (That’s the plan for now, at least.) If you want to tune in online, go to shoutcast and search for WUMF. You can stream it right in your browser. You can also listen through iTunes and the like. To find out how, read here.

If this goes well and we actually enjoy it and find that other people do too, my plan is to record it each week and post it as a podcast. Because why not? If that happens, I’ll be sure to let you all know how to tune in. In the meantime, look forward to Monday at 10:30am EDT, and cross your fingers it goes well . . .

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