WIIT Radio Show Spotlight: "Swear to Shake It Up (If You Swear To Listen)"

Fri, 2017/10/06

This week’s WIIT radio show spotlight is on “Swear to Shake It Up (If You Swear to Listen),” a show that runs weekly on Fridays from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. The show has been run by second year applied physics student Quinn Castaneda since February 2, 2017. The purpose of the show, according to Castaneda, is to play music from as many genres as possible. “Most of the other shows on the station,” Castaneda said, “are tailored to one specific genre. I understand the purpose of that, but I do think that it’s important to showcase a little bit of everything, in more variety that most other radio stations do, and I thought I could deliver on that.”

The idea to start a radio show on WIIT apparently started with Castaneda’s roommate, who suggested that Castaneda share her broad music taste with the student population at Illinois Tech. In Castaneda’s words, “[My roommate] suggested I start a radio show. Then [my roommate] pulled up the form, filled out some of it, and made me fill out the rest.”

During every show, Castaneda makes an effort to schedule the show such that music from distinctly different genres plays back to back. “I want maximum whiplash,” Castaneda said, jokingly. Genres range from standard pop (such as Taylor Swift), to classical music (with composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns), to Korean and other international pop music (such as EXO and BTS), alternative and indie (like Silversun Pickups), to country music (with artists like Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, and Tim McGraw), to metal (like Attila, although Castaneda has said that it is hard to play because it is difficult to find censored versions of their work), to hip-hop (such as the Beastie Boys), and more. According to Castaneda, she is interested in playing other genres on the show, such as rap, jazz, and music from decades prior to the 70s, but because of her relative unfamiliarity with these genres, she hasn’t played much of them so far. Because of this effort that Castaneda puts into the variety of music played on her show, she says, “If you don’t like one thing that I’m playing, odds are you’ll like the next thing that comes on.”

On the week of Bisexuality Visibility Day, Castaneda formatted her show to showcase more bisexual artists. “I was originally going to have all the artists on there be bisexual, but then I realized I didn’t have enough, so I had to change it to be every other artist. That’s partially my own fault, with not being familiar with many artists that consider themselves bisexual.”

All in all, Castaneda enjoys being a radio station DJ on WIIT. “I like it, it gives me an excuse to sit alone and listen to music for an hour. And I get to subtly expose other people to it, which is what I wanted anyway.” Castaneda explained that she’s not concerned at all with how many listeners she gets each week because she’s having too much fun. “I’m doing it because I want to,” she said simply.

Any Illinois Tech student is allowed to host a radio show on WIIT, and the station is always looking for new applicants. To apply, go to https://web.iit.edu/wiit/request-show.