If it's Monday, it must be time for the professors of pop culture

Release Date: 2/25/2013

On Monday nights at 7 p.m., Dr. Jesse Weiss and Dr. Sean Coleman, the self-proclaimed professors of pop culture, can be found gracing the airwaves on the university radio station, KUOZ FM-100.5, with discussions of everything from mixed martial arts, to zombie flicks, to comic books.

The idea for the weekly talk radio spot, aptly titled "The Big Show with the Professors of Pop Culture," began with Weiss, associate professor of sociology and environmental studies at Ozarks. When Weiss approached Coleman, professor of biology, Coleman was happy to take up the task.

"The whole idea was born out of conversations that Sean and I have in our offices," Weiss said. "We have many common interests but we often disagree about them.  When (Director of Broadcasting) Susan Edens and Kortney Risher sent out an e-mail requesting proposals for radio programs we put together an outline and sent it in."

Both professors have a reputation around campus for having fantastic senses of humor, and the one-hour show reflects that.

"We hope the show will have an informative element, but it will be mostly opinion and comedy," Coleman said. "The topics each week will be based on our own likes and dislikes, and we've set up a Facebook page for listeners to comment and discuss the topics during the show."

Weiss said he and Coleman have been pleased with how the new show is progressing, and that they do not worry about having a shortage of topics to discuss.

"So far the show is going well," he said. "We are having a great time and getting some good interaction from listeners on Facebook. We are now set up to take phone calls and will begin taking calls on the show. Some topics to come in the future are Star Wars, fantasy baseball, Science Fiction Television, and March Madness.  The idea is to take conversations from the office, clean them up and present them on the radio." 

The third episode of "The Big Show" will air tonight at 7 p.m. at KUOZ 100.5FM LP. Listeners who would like to ask questions or make comments can join the professors on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheBigShowWithTheProfessorsOfPopCulture or call the station at 979-1490. The broadcast will be streaming live online as well. To open the stream, visit http://www.ozarks.edu/KUOZRadio and follow the instructions to for your browser or application.

Professors of Pop Culture

Professors Dr. Jesse Weiss (left) and Dr. Sean Coleman host “The Big Show with the Professors of Pop Culture” each Monday at 7 p.m. on KUOZ 100.5FM LP.