Jemia Irving ’22, host of WBCR’s “Stardust Radio Show,” spoke with The round table to tell everything there is to know about his show. Airing Friday nights from 10-11 p.m., Stardust Radio Show is a radio show with some music. Irving said The round table that she uses her show as a way to “make a statement” on campus before she graduates. She hosted the show for a brief stint during the fall semester, but puts her heart into the show this semester. For Irving, “Stardust Radio Show” is a “stress buster,” but she also does the show because she hopes it will bring smiles to the faces of her listeners.
When she decided to host “Stardust Radio Show,” Irving says she saw the show as a way to be creative and discuss topics close to her heart. She stressed how important it is for her to discuss mental health on her show. When asked why mental health was a main topic on his show, Irving replied that “…in the black community, it’s a taboo subject.” As a black woman, Irving is proud to bring up such a difficult subject and let her listeners know that it’s okay to be unwell. It’s also common for Irving to discuss what it was like to “grow up as a plus-size girl.” While most of the topics covered on “Stardust Radio Show” are personal to Irving, she also discusses campus issues and spirituality. She also likes to report positive news about the celebrities she loves, including singers Rihanna and Doja Cat.
Irving’s goal was to bring positive vibes to the airwaves of WBCR. She considers her show to be unique in this way because its content is meant to uplift listeners, and it makes it easy for listeners to connect with her stories. Even the music she plays gives off positive vibes! Irving said The round table that during one of his shows, one can expect to hear a fusion of neo-soul and “old school” R&B. She tends to use music as filler, as most of the show is discussion-based. Irving will occasionally recite the phone number of the on-air WBCR station and prompt listeners to call. For her Feb. 25 show, she invited listeners to call in and answer Black History Month questions. Irving is grateful to the listeners and is always thrilled that they call it “Stardust Radio Show”.
Before hosting her own show, Irving said she always listened to student programs on WBCR. Having listened to the station in the past, she hopes people who listen to her show will take away some positive advice. Irving said her friends have always found her advice helpful, so she hopes her listeners find it just as useful. Finally being able to host her own show allowed her to share a part of herself that she is not always able to share in an academic setting. Irving isn’t afraid to be herself and considers it a draw on her show. In fact, this sheer “authenticity” is precisely why Irving thinks people should tune into Stardust Radio Show.
For his March 4 show, Irving plans to bring in an artist for an interview. The artist was originally scheduled to be interviewed on the February 25 show, but he had a family emergency that set things back. Irving hopes to have it on his show this week, but is happy to postpone if he can’t do it so soon. She invites everyone to listen to her show for great music, positive vibes, and authenticity, every Friday from 10-11 p.m. on WBCR 90.3FM!