I got some airtime on Fada FM (95.5) the other day after being approached by Peace, a local English teacher, to help out with his new English Club radio show. The show is on-air twice a week (Thursdays from 4pm-5pm and Sundays from 10:30am-12pm) while an off-air English Club takes place every Saturday evening. I plan to be a semi-regular guest at both going forward.
Every show is comprised of two parts – a discussion topic, and an English grammar lesson (with English music mixed in throughout). For my premiere episode, the show was naturally about Peace Corps and was an interview centered around explaining what Peace Corps is, who can be in it, and some of our rules. The hosts were most enthused when the conversation turned to Peace Corps Volunteers sometimes being suspected as spies. I laughed, explained how that couldn’t be further from the truth, and explained how Peace Corps is an independent agency not connected with the US State Department, etc. Some future topics we’ve discussed doing include everything from female excision to the US political system.
My favorite moment? Being able to give shoutouts to my fellow PCV sitemates Joey and Luis, and to all of my colleagues who were eagerly tuned in despite most not understanding English.