For this week’s edition of Behind the Mic, I interviewed Amal Younis and Angie Campos, who host the music show, “And They Were Roommates.” Their show is on every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m.
On their show, Amal and Angie each play their favorite music. They play a lot of different genres because they both have different music tastes. Apart from playing music, they also have themes of discussion. For example, they have spoken about feminism, artists that have shaped who they are, Christmas, finals and dealing with stress. They also try to play songs that relate to the topic of the show. Angie and Amal explained that they try to show a mixture of seriousness and lightheartedness on the air. While they have talked about depression and anxiety, they have also told funny stories in order to keep the mood balanced. They try to make every episode not too silly or too serious.
They are always trying to grow as a show. However as Amal said, they want to make improvements, not changes. They plan on becoming more organized with the show every semester. Also, they want to start putting it on Spotify, and being more active on social media.
Amal is a second year, majoring in Journalism. She has been part of KCR since last semester. After joining KCR, she has become very interested in radio and wants to continue with it in the future. She explained that she likes the platform because it’s not as easy to censor or restrict as other platforms. Angie is also a second year, who is majoring in Communications, and minoring in Art. They have been roommates since their Freshman year. After, appearing on Amal’s show various times last semester, Angie decided to join KCR, and have a show with Amal. After being a part of KCR, she said that it is fun to play her type of music, and to hear that their listeners like their show. They also both enjoy blasting their favorite songs in the studio.
Amal and Angie describe themselves as Vine enthusiasts. On the first KCR meeting of the semester, they came up with the name of their show,“And They Were Roommates.” They were pressured to come up with a name for their show on the spot. Amal jokingly suggested “And They Were Roommates,” referencing the Vine. But it stuck, and actually ended up becoming the name of their show.
They believe that their show is special because they know each other very well and can easily have a flowing conversation on-air. Apart from that, the topics they cover on the show are things that are very important to them and to other people. They like being able to have a voice, relating to people and discussing things that they are incredibly passionate about.
Apart from their music show, Amal and Angie are very involved in KCR. Amal was part of the promotions department in KCR. She has gone to many KCR events. She described an event she went to where she got to DJ and play music. Now, she is in the video department. On the other hand, Angie writes for the KCR blog. She has mostly written about concerts she has attended, as well as other music related topics.
Make sure to continue following KCR’s social media accounts to stay in the loop, on all things KCR. Also, make sure to check out Amal and Angie’s Instagram account for “And They Were Roommates,” for updates on their show.