Listeners looking for a relaxing Sunday afternoon know that they can always tune in to WYBCx (Yale’s own radio station) to enjoy quite the international feast: Revolución Musicana, a one-hour show featuring diverse kinds of Latin American music.
Salvador Fernandez, the student behind this weekly bundle of sabor, is a pre-med student in Trumbull College majoring in Modern Middle East Studies. Salvador is a DJ on two different weekly radio shows at Yale, including Revolución Musicana. The La Casa Blog had a chance to ask Salvador a few questions about his experiences as radio show host.
LCB: So, Salvador, what type of music do you play on your show?
S: On the show, I play any music related to Latin America in any way. This includes songs in English by musicians who happen to be Latin American, like Ozomatli. A large chunk of the music I play happens to be Mexican, because that is what I’m most familiar with. But I try to include music from Central and South America. So I play everything from rancheras to rock to merengue and bachata. Anything from Latin America is free game.
LCB: When did you first become involved with the radio station?
S: I first got involved with the radio station second semester of my freshman year, so that would be Spring 2010… such a long time ago! My friend was starting a science talk show, and asked me to be his co-host. As soon as I finished training that semester, I began the music show, while also doing the science show. To this day, I still do both shows.
LCB: What are the least and most fun parts of being a radio host?
S: The most fun part of doing the show was being given the opportunity to go to the SXSW festival in Austin this past Spring Break as a reporter for the radio station. I got to see Café Tacvba, Molotov, and so many other groups, Latin and not, in one week! It was great.
The most stressful part is definitely not knowing what timeslot I will have each semester, because we reapply for our shows at the beginning.
LCB: Why did you decide to start a radio show like this one?
S: The main reason I started this show is to show Yale just how diverse Latin music can be. It’s not all mariachi and salsa (but those are still awesome). It spans all across the musical spectrum, from rock to rap, and includes things like partying or broken hearts, the main difference being that it’s usually in Spanish or Portuguese.
LCB: Anything else you’d like the readers of the La Casa Blog to know?
S: Since I’m graduating, it’s definitely a shame that I won’t be able to do the show next year. It’d be great if someone continued the show next year, but I haven’t asked around to see if anyone is interested. Hopefully, someone decides to do a similar show in the future.
Tune in to Revolución Musicana on Sundays from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST on WYBCx.