When freshman Manuel Orellana wanted to start a radio show at the beginning of the term he signed up and put down his roommate’s name too.
“I signed Giovanni up without even asking him,” Orellana said.
Freshman Giovanni Jaimes does not seem to mind that he was unknowingly volunteered. He and Orellana are having a great time doing the Latino Power Hour every week, enjoying the laidback atmosphere and Spanish (language) music as much as the listeners do.
Both said they enjoy the show so much we don’t even mind climbing all the stairs. They even took a second time slot, so now students can listen to them on Wednesdays and Fridays during fourth period.
During Latino Power Hour, Orellana and Jaimes tell the listeners stories from their lives, take shout-outs and requests from listeners and friends and mostly play Spanish music. They play an eclectic range of music, from rock to rap to R&B to whatever else the listeners want to hear.
“Even though it’s Latino Power Hour, we don’t want to exclude anyone. We play some English music. This is just a way to share our genre of music. [At Knox,] everyone speaks English and mostly listens to English music,” Orellana said. The show is a way for Jaimes and Orellana to share a bit of their culture with the Knox community and to give other Latino students a nostalgic reminder of home.
“I bet when you listen, you think of home,” Jaimes said to Orellana.
Both Jaimes and Orellana grew up in Spanish-speaking families, listening to Spanish music.
“I’m originally from Honduras, but I’m more Mexican. My mom is Mexican,” Orellana said.
Jaimes said, “I grew up in the U.S., but Spanish was my first language.”
Often during the show, Orellana and Jaimes’ friends will come and hang out in the studio, make requests and even say a few words on the air.
“Anyone’s allowed to hang out here,” Orellana said. They also get a lot of interaction from their listeners.
“People call in, give shout-outs and requests. Also I post a streaming link on Facebook that people comment on,” Jaimes said.
Orellana and Jaimes both agree that the show is a hobby, something for them to enjoy with their friends and not something to stress over. When asked if they would like to turn the show into more than a hobby, they thought about it but agreed that was not what they wanted right now.
“Once it turned into a job, it would be no fun,” Orellana said. “We want it to be kicked back, chilled.” For now, the show is exactly what they want it to be: a place for Latino music and good friends that anyone on campus can enjoy.