Talk radio can sometimes be a bit geriatric. Listening to talk radio here at Penn, though, is an entirely different experience. Street sat down with a few WQHS talk radio hosts and compiled a guide for the entry–level talk radio listener.
PUNCH BOWL IN THE MORNING AFTER DARK
Hosts: Sam Pasternack, Raj Gopal, Lance Wildorf and Jonah Lustig — Sundays, 6–7 p.m.
No talk radio station is ever complete without a little bit of obscene sketch comedy. Some listener favorites are “Challa At Ya Boi,” which features an old Jewish couple from Florida discussing the likes of Waka Flocka Flame, and “Bro Talk,” where stereotypical bros discuss their lives with a surprisingly philosophical bent. The boys of PBitMAD are all also musicians, as demonstrated by their forty–minute musical narrative season finale entitled The Rapsis of Evil. “It’s basically an alternative hip-hop history of the modern dictator, featuring original lyrics for songs like Mao Money Mao Problems and Forget About Che.” The hosts promise this season will be “fun for the whole family and the great news is it contains half as much lead–based paint as the leading competitor.”
THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW
Hosts: Caity Weaver and Anthony Leem — Sundays, 4–6 p.m.
Originally, Caity Weaver’s radio show was a Penn application ploy meant to help her secure admission. She wrote about WQHS in her “Why Penn?” essay, and from there she entered the world of music radio. It wasn’t until co–host Anthony Leem joined on that the talking started. Their fodder is that the two have “hugely dissimilar musical tastes (the chief difference being that [Anthony’s] taste is terrible).” And since then, the talking hasn’t stopped. They discuss everything from OWN, Oprah’s Network, to Wikipedia link hopping, making it perfect for “indecisive people with short attention spans.” Fidgety Sunday studiers, start tuning in.
RADIO WAVES AND BELLY BUTTON KNAVES
Hosts: Sean Kelly and Meredith Perry — Sundays, 8–10 p.m.
Meredith Perry comes from a long line of radio–savvy people, and when it was time for her to pick her co–host, “she obviously went for the best available option,” Sean Kelly. Their show focuses on self–proclaimed funny things, “two hours of nonsensical discussion and great music. We have no plans, requirements or expectations — just our wits, charm and a weird obsession with autistic savants.” Humor is guaranteed, especially considering Kelly is the editor–in–chief of The Pennsylvania Punchbowl magazine. The program is said to appeal to anyone seeking “ear–gasms, sound–orgies and any other phenomenon that combines sexual pleasure and hearing.” You might want to listen to this one alone.