Each week The Mac Weekly speaks with a DJ at Macalester’s radio station, 91.7 WMCN. This week, we sat down with Andrew Becker ’18 to discuss his show “Becks n’ Effect ft. Star Fox.” Tune in on Wednesdays 2-3 p.m.
What is your show and what can a listener expect when tuning in?
My show is mostly music with a little bit of banter here and there, especially now that I have my co-host (Brian Fox ’18, a.k.a. Star Fox). In the past, we have [varied] between having themes and not having themes. Usually there is a theme which the songs will loosely fit into. You can expect a wide potpourri of different stuff, anything from previous decades, contemporary … I always try to play contemporary Australian stuff because that’s where my current interests lie. Last semester my specific focus was outside of the US, so one day I had a Canadian theme where I played all Canadian artists; one day I had a Welsh theme, etc. Nowadays, we do more concept-based themes. In the past, we’ve done video games, illness, funny-named bands, etc.
What do you try to accomplish with having a radio show?
We like to give people an exposure to music they wouldn’t ordinarily listen to on [the] radio nowadays. But we also like to play things that we enjoy, and we like to give exposure to [those artists] that might not get the proper hailing that [they] would usually get in different places or different times.
How do you select your music?
Music [has] been an important, if not the most important, part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m a big collector in a lot of ways, and my two main collections are vintage sports jerseys and music. I’ve been collecting music for a long, long time, and so it comes from a lot of different places, genres, parts of life. I usually have a pretty good mental catalogue of what falls into those categories, so when I come up with a theme, I’ll access the areas of my life that I think will have the songs that will go best with those themes.
If a listener tuned in at random, what would they hear?
They would probably hear something from the Manic Street Preachers. They’re this Welsh band from the ’90s that are tied for my favorite of all time. There’s a huge following in the UK but not as much in the US. I try to get them every couple of shows. I also try to get some bands like Wolf Alice, the Reubens, Gang of Youths, some current Australian stuff I’d play. You might hear some Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. The reason for the odd spelling is that it’s Welsh, and it’s spelled phonetically in Welsh.
What was the last song you listened to? Does this reflect what you play on your show?
The last song I listened to was “Bang a Gong (Get it On)” by T. Rex. This is one of the most influential and iconic glam rock bands there is. That’s probably my favorite song by them. There’s a good possibility you’d hear them on the show, especially if there was a theme related to something like glam rock, androgyny, artists who died too young, favorite artists of our favorite artists, etc.