By: Brendan Solis, Staff Writer
We have tons of great specialty shows at KCOU. So many that you probably don’t know what each and every one is. As part of a blog-wide effort to remedy this I sat down with Nicole Meyer and Mitch Sawyer, hosts of The Niche, for a delightfully chuckle-filled interview to get the lowdown on what their show’s all about.
So what’s your guys’ theme for those that don’t know?
Nicole Meyer: Well we picked the name “The Niche” because it’s a combination of Nicole and Mitch and we’re clever (laughs). Each night we do a new sort of musical niche or theme. Like today’s show we only did songs that are two minutes and under. And then for one show we did this whole “degrees of separation” thing where each artist we played was related to the previous one in some way. We started with Otis Redding and ended up with Panda Bear by the end of it. When we started doing The Niche we wanted to do something that wouldn’t restrain the type of music we play.
If you had to say you played a certain type of music what would it be?
Mitch: Well, the nature of our show lets us pick from a wide variety of styles, and “independent rock” sounds like sort of a cop-out, but I guess college rock is a good way to put it.
So while I’m here do you guys have any good blurbs to get readers excited about your show?
Nicole: We think our show…….
Mitch: We have good chemistry. And we think we’re funny.
Nicole: We think we’re funny. We’re just like… casual. Like with a lot of radio you can get really annoyed with the person speaking if they take themselves too seriously.
Mitch: I think we’re like the layman’s radio show. You can be like “That’s me, I identify with this person, I wouldn’t be able to speak clearly on the radio either!” But nah, that’s not our whole thing—
Nicole: But… it happens
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You can listen Nicole and Mitch every night Tuesday night from 6-8.
Brendan Solis is a freshman journalism major from St. Louis with hopes that someday someone somewhere will care about his opinions on music. So much so that maybe he’ll even be able to make a job out of it. Some of his favorite artists are Beach House, Pulp, Bjork, Titus Andronicus, Dan Deacon, EMA, Dr. Dog, Anamanaguchi, The Microphones, M83, and The Magnetic Fields. He also takes Ke$ha’s music career way more seriously than anyone rightfully should and refuses to apologize for it.
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Editor’s Note: This is first in a series of focus features on the specialty programming here at KCOU. The goal is to shed a bit more light on both the shows and the people behind the mics. -Elle