Abby is from the Northwest Side of Chicago, which is where she developed her expertise in hot dog restaurants and playlists with poor transitions. She’s made a new playlist for every month of college of every song she’s heard but is somehow always four years behind the music that everyone else is listening to. Though Abby is studying to be a neurologist, she is still fully convinced she’s going to write for SNL by accident one day. When making fashion decisions, she often asks herself, “Would Freddie Mercury wear this?”
Brenda loves to sing and play guitar while working on her writings for WPGU and her classes that focus on adult development and interpersonal communication. She also dances in her free time and tends to enjoy shows like the Office and some of her favorite artists include Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala, and Action Bronson. Also, if you’ve got free time listen to “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish!
Carolina (or Cari) is a proud Chicagoan who enjoys re-reading the “Harry Potter” books, planning imaginary trips to Europe and making playlists for random situations. At a young age, she was introduced to The Beatles and has been an avid fan since. Her favorite Beatle is John but has always had a soft spot for Paul as well. Carolina often spends her days off at Espresso Royale sipping their mediocre hot chocolate with Spotify on full volume. If she’s not at Espresso Royale, she’s probably scoping out campus for the best gluten-free food or writing something fun for WPGU or The Daily Illini. Ask her about her favorite Broadway musical or her favorite Harry Styles song and watch her sweat and panic out of indecisiveness.
Charles is a Math + Computer Science major with a soft spot for music. He collects records in his spare time, a hobby he claims is both expensive and inconvenient. He hails from the great state of Minnesota and grew up playing hockey and listening to all kinds of music with his dad. Finely curated Spotify playlists are a pastime he enjoys thoroughly and he tries to have one ready for any situation he might find himself in. He is an avid concert-goer when he can afford it and can proudly boast Minnesota’s very own Soundset as his first festival. When he’s at home Charles enjoys days on the lake and seeing his lovely dogs.
Colleen is from the South Side of Chicago, where she first developed a fond appreciation for the arts. Being a train ride away from most music venues in the city is a real blessing this gal does not take for granted! Chances are, Colleen has already crept your Spotify account and has a playlist of her own in the making. Some of her favorite artists include Whitney, Noname and Hinds. Besides music, Colleen has an intense passion for elastic waist jeans, strong cups of coffee and homemade chicken noodle soup recipes.
Emma hails from the great city of Saint Louis, which explains her love of toasted ravioli and calling it “Bread Co” instead of Panera. Spotify playlists are her bread and butter- she has a new one for every month. Emma loves to find new music and introduce it to her friends- calling “aux” in the car is a way of life at this point. She also enjoys live music, especially in small venues. Besides music, you can find her scrolling her way through Instagram or at a piercing shop (is a nose piercing a personality trait?). Jalapeno Cheetos, alternative rock bands, and dogs with funny human names are the way to her heart.
From a young age, Kyra fell in love with the Beatles, Hall and Oates, and Smashing Pumpkins, among others, thanks to her dad. It wasn’t until her older brother introduced her to Cage the Elephant that Kyra truly fell in love in with all things music. When Kyra’s not grinding away at the gym (AKA working at her desk job-not working out), you can probably find her doing a crossword puzzle, looking up the meanings behind her favorite songs, or listening to Modern Baseball. She also enjoys browsing Reddit or binge-watching anything with John Mulaney or Andy Samberg. Give her a follow on Twitter or Spotify at kyrapuetz and shoot her some song recommendations because she is always looking for new music.
Maddie is currently still transitioning out of her middle school emo phase. You can find her listening to indie rock, taking naps at Espresso Royale or raving about my home state, Minnesota (RIP Prince). If Maddie won the lottery, she’d probably spend it all on Kanye’s clothing line in an attempt to appear more hip.
Combining a love of music, writing and talking, Maggie found her sweet spot at WPGU and has stayed around for almost 2 and a half years. Finding new music is Maggie’s favorite pastime, along with discovering niche albums at your local record store and being jealous of people going to awesome concerts. Maggie loves to review music On-Air as well as introduce her listeners to what she has been listening to lately. Besides music, Maggie also enjoys coming home to her loving dog, Ace, and a giant bag of Cheetos (the classic kind, not puffs, because she says it matters).
The name “Mateo” means “Gift of God” and the last name “Muro” means “to FM Radio.” Mateo is a man of the people, ready to tell you about all the going ons of the city and how great you look. He grew up in Chicago but he loves the Champaign DIY music scene. In real life you can count on him to bring the Modelos and some dangerous dance moves.
Natalia grew up in the Chicago suburbs, always surrounded by music from a young age. Playing instruments since she was a child, rock has always been her biggest influencer, especially the Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane and of course, Jimi Hendrix. She now studies Psychology and Spanish, but still has a great appreciation for all the arts and music. Other passions besides music include drawing, writing, and analyzing all kinds of movies.
Natalie Sarris grew up in the Chicago suburbs, where she wandered through most of her
childhood stuck in a book or wearing earbuds. She now doublemajors in English and Creative
Writing and listens to a lot of weird music in her spare time. Punk rock will always be her go-to
favorite, though she’s recently developed a soft spot for dream pop and indie artists. Other
nonmusic related interests include long runs, impressively round cats, and new ways of
consuming too much caffeine. She hopes to become a novelist in the next five years.
Paige’s two favorite things in the world are music and writing, so it only made sense for her to combine these two passions and write about music. She is a sophomore studying clinical psychology, but music is still a huge part of her life. She is an avid fan of alternative music and has a particular fondness for The Smiths, Bon Iver, and Lorde, to name a few. Paige loves going to concerts (she saw 27 artists perform last year and will not let anyone forget it), staying up to date with the latest album releases, and obsessively updating her Spotify playlists. Other obsessions include dogs, coffee, and weird socks.
From a musically oriented family in Skokie, Illinois, Theo’s always had a passion for music. As soon as he was able to choose his own music to listen to, hip-hop has been his go-to choice every single day. Growing up listening to artists like Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Jay-Z gave Theo a solid foundation of the art form to carry throughout his life and subsequently landed him at WPGU. He’s one of four hosts on the alternative hip-hop show, “Can I Kick It,” and occasionally writes for the website. Theo’s also the videographer for “Loud and Local.” When he’s not talking about rap, Theo likes to dabble in music production, film production and working out. You can follow Theo on all social medias @imatheologist.