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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Life + Arts

Radio show influenced by foreign arts

Philosophy major Giovanni Guillen is the student who broadcasts the “Pop Nova” music segment from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays on the student-operated Coog Radio station.

“I came up the name ‘Nova’ from Houston’s connections to NASA, I just added a spin and added ‘Pop,’” Guillen said.

Guillen has a strong interest in foreign languages and has declared French as his minor.

“I like reading philosophical text,” Guillen said. “With French I am able to study the art of how people express themselves, it interests me to see how people think and what they believe.”

Guillen is not only a disc jockey who enjoys sharing new music with listeners, but he also has an appreciation for cinematography.

“Foreign films are deeper than typical Hollywood movies,” Guillen said. “I try to explore the understanding of the language.”

The DJ also likes to attend live concerts and music festivals when he is not busy transmitting his favorite audio tunes through Coog Radio.

“I was able to see one of my favorite bands, Astro, at the South by Southwest concert,” Guillen said.

“Pop Nova” features artists and music from the Ibero-American and indie-alternative genres.

Some of Guillen’s favorite artists to stream include the aforementioned Astro, Javiera and Los Rakas.

Guillen’s radio show is not only a chance for him to talk about different styles of music with his audience, but it also gives him the opportunity to offer listeners something new and refreshing to hear.

“When people listen to music, I want them to hear something that hasn’t been played before,” Guillen said.

The show also gives Guillen a chance to promote the do-it-yourself artist and provide them more exposure.

He plays songs from artists who create music from the comfort of their own homes and are underground.

“I put so much enthusiasm in my show, I am very sincere and I honestly hope to spread my ideas,” Guillen said.


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