Like two peas in a podcast
Students start ASUA web series to provide comedy, student government insight
Kevin Brost / Arizona Daily Wildcat
Business/Economy junior Kelly McShane and Creative Writing sophomore Dylan Duniho, co-hosts of WildCast and members of ASUA, started the first podcast which updates constituents about upcoming events and information happening within ASUA on October 12, 2011.
ASUA debuted its new podcast, “The WildCast,” to highlight issues within the governing body through comedy segments and interviews.
Dylan Duniho, a creative writing sophomore and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona communications director, said he created the podcast to increase communication between ASUA and the “common student.”
“I thought to myself, why not create a humorous show for people to download and laugh?” Duniho said. “You find out about really cool upcoming events presented in a funny way.”
The show’s segments include “UA Top 7,” which reviews the top issues at the university, “Sitcom Interviews,” where the co-hosts interview various individuals in the UA community, and “What’s new with Kelly,” which narrates funny events in the life of Kelly McShane, a business economics junior and co-host of “The WildCast.”
McShane, who described the podcast as “funny,” “entertaining” and “really informative,” said it allows students to get a “different flavor of information.”
“We want students to get a better idea as to what’s going on at the university and in ASUA,” she said.
ASUA’s first podcast premiered on Oct. 7 and included an interview with ASUA President James Allen, who explained that a typical “day in the life” of the student body president includes juggling classes and meetings with university administrators, campus leaders and state legislators. It also informed listeners about upcoming events like the Club Olympics, where campus club representatives test their athletic abilities, and Bear Down Camp, a three-day camp hosted by ASUA for about 100 freshmen to teach about campus happenings and ways to get involved.
“Keep your eyes, ears and emails open,” McShane said about upcoming events in the podcast.
The first WildCast was about 22 minutes long, but Duniho said he and his co-host hope to slim future ones down to about 13 to 14 minutes. Next week’s podcast will feature an interview with the four Arizona Students’ Association directors.
“It’s half a comedy show, half informative,” Duniho said. “It ties current ASUA events to the UA community in general.”
Subscription is free, and podcasts will come out “every so often,” according to Duniho. Listeners can also check ASUA’s Facebook page for podcast updates.