The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Let's Talk Sex

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It’s 11 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and Justin Choi and Tali Schiller are talking about foot fetishes.

Unlike countless other college students discussing sex topics in the comfort of their dorm rooms, seniors Choi and Schiller are having their conversation broadcasted live from WMWC, the UMW radio station, to the entire campus.

Choi and Schiller are co-hosts of the show, “The Bone Zone: Get Off Your Jollies with Justin and Tali,” and have been producing their weekly show for over a month now.

Every Tuesday night, the pair discusses sex and relationships, converses with guest hosts, and answers viewer questions sent in via e-mail.

Schiller can not remember whose idea the show was, but she does recall why they chose sex as the topic.

“Not everyone cares about sports or movies or other stuff like that, but everyone’s got an opinion on sex,” said Schiller, an English major.
Choi, a business major, is glad to share the airwaves with Schiller on such an expansive topic.

“Sex is an area that contains way too much information for just one person to cover,” Choi said.  “I feel like having a boy and girl host brings different perspectives to the table.  Plus, more people talking equals less dead air.”

Helping to eliminate said dead air is Choi’s roommate and guest host, Joey Bersack.  Bersack, an English major, enjoys sharing his opinion on the show.

“Listening to radio is one sided, people hear you but you can’t hear them,” Bersack said.  “I try to think about what the listeners might have to say about a certain topic and I try to say if for them.”

Choi and Schiller also hope to incorporate more UMW community members into their show.  They are interested in having Dean Rucker, Dean of Student Life and professor of the Psychology of Human Sexuality class, make an appearance on the show.

Future topics Choi and Schiller hope these potential guests could cover range from sexual fantasies to heterosexuality vs. homosexuality.  Some topics already discussed on air have been sex toys and threesomes.

“We wanted to keep initial topics inoffensive to appeal to everyone,” Choi said.  “We’ll ramp up the topics later when we become more established.”

Despite the pair’s worries that the controversial nature of the show might upset more conservative listeners, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“There hasn’t been any negative feedback, but that could be because the listeners have been mostly our friends,” Schiller said.  “But I look forward to the day I receive my first hate mail.”

Listener Stephanie Sims, a senior, is not likely to send that first piece of hate mail.

“I really enjoy hearing them banter,” said Sims, a business major, about the co-hosts.  “They play really well off of each other.”

Amy Sutphin, also a senior, prefers the question and answer segment of the show.

“It’s just really interesting to hear what kinds of questions other people e-mail into them,” said Sutphin, a Spanish and elementary education double major.

Choi and Schiller plan to broadcast the show for the remainder of the year, but both are graduating in May and there are no plans to continue the show in the fall.

“It’s just something that Justin and I are doing for funsies,” Schiller said.  “If someone wants to pick up the show I would be ecstatic though.  I’ve got to tell you, it’s wicked fun to sit down for an hour each week and say “penis” a lot on air.”