In the Studio: Annie Blackman ’20

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Photo by Jacqueleen Eng ’19

Welcome to In the Studio, a feature dedicated to exploring the fantastic independent musicians at Kenyon. This week, we showcase Annie Blackman, an English major, Thrill Grandma, and singer-songwriter from Montclair, NJ, who is known for artfully crafting melodies and lyrics that evoke a sense of forlornness.  Continue reading

10 o’clock list: Rejected WKCO Shows

Because you’ve always wanted to hear a story about yourself on the radio. (via aestheticamagazine.com)

Yeah, I went to one WKCO meeting. They’ve got a cool vibe, but apparently my ideas were a little too avant garde. Off the wall. Whatever man, I don’t care what the kids are listening to nowadays, I’ve got a real sound, and I’m sure these show ideas will be big someday.

1. Digging Through the Glove Compartment of Your Dad’s Toyota During Your Seven-Hour Road Trip to Kenyon. Another Best of Billy Joel CD? No, no, that’s fine. This one has Just The Way You Are. No, that wasn’t our daddy-daughter dance for my bat mitzvah. Yeah, I’m sure. Hey, is that the audio tape to 1776 by David McCullough? When did you listen to it? Huh, well, we could now. No, that wouldn’t be as interesting as the soundtrack to Oklahoma again. Let’s do that.

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WKCO Profile: Having a Lawrf with Hugh and Will

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Photo courtesy of Monsieurs Herrick and Wilikofsky.

Having a Lawrf with Hugh Wilikofsky ’14 and Will Herrick ’14, is an adventure, to say the least. Before the interview got off the ground, I was given Hugh’s chair and headphones to be subjected to an on-air science quiz administered by Will.

With the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” theme music playing in the background, Will read off 20 rapid-fire questions which he assured me would be “easy”, but I assure you were not. (For future reference, sharks have no bones,  and the rock that comes from volcanoes is lava, not magma). Continue reading

WKCO Profiles: The Nitty Gritty with Mary Hollyman

The email accompanying this headshot read -- "This is the only picture of me in the radio booth that exists. It highlights my rather large nostrils and their ability of movement."

The email accompanying this headshot read — “This is the only picture of me in the radio booth that exists. It highlights my rather large nostrils and their ability of movement.”

I arrived at “The Nitty Gritty”, a show devoted to early R&B and soul, with a bang — just as Mary Hollyman ’14 and her guest DJ for the day, Thea Kohout ’14, put on “I’ll Drop Everything And Come Running” by Candi Staton, I proceeded to, in fact, drop everything as I spilled the contents of my bag into the garbage. Mary gracefully glided over this gaffe and into a conversation about the themes of her show — “Not every week has a theme. One week it was “Food.” Next week it’s going to be “Animals.” Last week, the theme was “Girl Groups” and I noticed a weird trend — there’s a lot of girl-group songs about boyfriends dying in motorcycle crashes.” Continue reading