What’s New, What’s Hot on WTBU
What’s New, What’s Hot on WTBU
Here are some of the student-run radio station’s trendy shows this semester
Each semester, WTBU, the University’s student-run volunteer radio station, and where Howard Stern (CGS’74, COM’76) got his start as a DJ in 1973, offers up a diverse range of shows, from true crime to social justice to dating in the 21st century—and yes, music—so there’s something to capture the attention of any listener.
Not sure where to find WTBU? It’s on BU’s cable channel 6 if you live on campus, or you can download the app for your iPhone or Android device and stream anywhere.
We’ve put together a list of what’s new and what’s hot on WTBU for all types of listeners:
Ladies of History
Tuesdays at 2 pm
Join DJs Ariane Vigna (CAS’22, COM’22), Sally Thompson (Wheelock’22), Suzanne Crow (COM’23), Sam Lurie (CAS’22), and Niya Doyle (CGS’20) as they play songs by female musicians and discuss remarkable women from the 1800s to the present, from Dorothea Dix, who strove to reform mental institutions, to the philanthropic and tragic Princess Diana. If you’re looking to learn about dynamic women defying conventions, breaking rules, and making history, Ladies of History is the show to listen to.
Love Is on the Air
Tuesdays at 10 pm
In the 21st century, navigating romance and sex can be difficult. If you have questions about romance, safe sex, sexuality, or sex positivity, then Love Is on the Air, which premiered in fall 2019, may just be your cup of tea. DJ Hannah Schweitzer (COM’21) works to break down conventions and debunk myths about modern dating, sometimes bringing on guests for additional perspectives.
Tweeting in Your Twenties
Tuesdays at 8 am
Navigating adulthood can be tough, but Tweeting in Your Twenties attempts to ease those growing pains. Each week, DJs Dahlia Maleh (COM’21) and Gab Hutchings (COM’20) discuss trending topics and issues important to people in their 20s. Their show is divided into four segments: #TuesdayTopic, #TwitterTea, #ViralTweets, and #TrendingTunes. If you’re interested in all things 20s, Twitter, and trending, go ahead and give it a listen.
(NEW) Minority Connection Initiative @ BU in the Morning
Fridays at 10 am
One of WTBU’s newest shows, Minority Connection Initiative (MCI), strives to create a safe space for minority students, staff, and faculty at BU. DJs Sofia Columbo-Abdullah (CAS’21), Kendall Castaneda (CAS’21), and Nyema Wilson (COM’21) come together every week to discuss the different experiences and struggles that come with being a minority on campus. Tune in to hear candid conversations about code switching, how current events may affect certain demographics of people on campus, allyship, and more.
Wednesdays at 10 pm
If you’re a fan of true crime and the paranormal, then tune in to After Dark. DJs Ali Audet (COM’22), Sinead Omelinn (COM’22), and Jessica Huang (COM’22) choose a different topic each week, research on the spot, and come up with their own theories about the subject. Topics can range from unsolved crimes to Stockholm syndrome to the validity of Bigfoot’s existence.
Saturdays at noon
Boston is home to an abundance of talented artists and musicians, as DJs Audrey Sutter (CAS’21, COM’21) Audrey Kurtz (CAS’21), Amelia Kraus (CGS’19, CAS’21), and Maddie Lamothe (CFA’22) emphasize on Locals Only. Originally premiering in January 2016 under the name No Problem, the show features a local artist each week and discusses the performer’s gigs and upcoming events to highlight Boston’s eclectic music scene.
(NEW) Pulp Culture
Fandom and nerd culture have been gaining more visibility in recent years. On Pulp Culture, among WTBU’s new shows, DJs Abisola Akinsete (CAS’22) and Niya Doyle (CGS’20) scour the internet for fanfiction and stage a dramatic reading of it. In addition to diving into the complex and nerdy world of fanfiction, the show discusses popular TV shows and explores their online fandoms on Twitter and Tumblr.
(NEW) The Scoop
Thursdays at 8 pm
For those looking for a unique (and delicious) take on selecting music, The Scoop delivers on both counts. Each week, DJs Blake Abel (CAS’22) and Olivia Malek (SHA’22) pick an ice cream flavor and play music with a vibe that fits it. They also discuss all of the new and flavorful things that are happening in their lives.
To fully explore all WTBU has to offer, find the official schedule here. To listen to the most recent two episodes, visit the WTBU archives here.
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