Junior Katrina Rudolph and senior Jessica Brode are passionate about movies.
Both attend the Galesburg movie theater, are film buffs and listen to film soundtracks on a regular basis. So they took their passion to the next level by starting their own WVKC radio show: “Reel Time.”
Though the show just began this term, Rudolph and Brode have wanted to do a radio show together for a while.
“We’ve always said we would make a good radio show. We never thought it would actually happen,” Rudolph said.
Rudolph hosted a solo show last spring term titled “A Moment for Man or Muppet” in which she “philosophized.”
“At first we wanted to be critics, but we realized we’re not mean enough,” Brode said. “Now we do more recommendations.”
The show airs every Friday during second period. Each week, Rudolph and Brode pick a film topic, genre or style and play film scores, give trivia and talk about movies in those categories.
Some themes Brode and Rudolph have done are 80s movies, Johnny Depp, John Williams and Muppets. They get inspiration for themes from their favorite films.
“I really liked the 80s [theme] because there’s a lot of people who haven’t seen a lot of the 80s movies and they might recognize a song or two, but they don’t know [where they are from],” Brode said. “A lot of songs are very iconic.”
Brode and Rudolph aim to expose their audience to some of their favorite films.
“We’re trying to get people to watch the classics, but not the classics like ‘Casablanca’ or anything … the ones that we grew up with that are getting lost in the 80s and 90s, and we’re trying to bring them back,” Rudolph said. “We have an odd affinity for the 80s.”
Brode has the same idea in mind.
“A lot of people are into cult classics but don’t really go see the ones our parents could’ve watched, and those are the ones that are more fun ones, I think,” Brode said. “We play a lot of music from popular movies that are maybe 20, 30 years old. We try to find some the ones [and the songs] that you don’t necessarily hear and it’s just more fun then, because you say ‘Oh, I forgot about this one!’”
Brode and Rudolph believe that since the Galesburg community listens in to WVKC, it creates a bond between the Knox and Galesburg community.
“I feel like people listen in their cars or [on their] alarm clocks,” Brode said. “I’ve seen people on Seminary Street who have 90.7 on. It’s nice that the community listens.”
Rudolph and Brode plan to continue sharing their passion for movies in the future.
“Katrina and I are really good friends,” Brode said. “It’s just like talking to each other [on the air]. It’s a lot of fun.”