KMXT-FM will soon air a new radio show on Sunday nights that explores the lives of literary characters by fusing music and literature together.
“Twisted Lit” is the brainchild of Kodiak High School English teacher LeeAnn Schmelzenbach and Kodiak Daily Mirror salesman Dan Zeleznik.
The one-hour weekly show will explore a different literary character each week through music of all genres.
“We’re relating the songs we’ve heard and picked up to the characters we’ve become familiar with through film and literature,” Schmelzenbach said.
Schmelzenbach and Zeleznik volunteered together last year during KMXT’s Friday night rock show and found they had great on-air chemistry.
“The flow back and forth was so natural, and it was fun,” Schmelzenbach said. “We’ve been talking about radio and how much we enjoyed it. The two of us decided we should have our own radio show and that’s where we spawned this whole idea.”
Some of the characters the pair will explore in upcoming shows include Moses, Ophelia, Harry Potter, Katniss from The Hunger Games and Dracula.
“Listeners can expect to learn a little bit about the character and the actual story, and they can expect a lot of creative license and humor,” Schmelzenbach said. “I think that’s part of the reason the show appeals to us both so much. We are both very creative people and both of us are imaginative in where we take the person.”
KMXT volunteer coordinator Merissa Koller said it’s not often that people come to the radio station wanting to create entirely new programs. Schmelzenbach and Zeleznik had to present their idea and a short sample to the KMXT community advisory board.
“When they (Schmelzenbach and Zeleznik) listed off authors they planned to highlight, people got excited because there was somebody everybody knew,” Koller said.
Koller expects the show will be a hit among all ages in Kodiak.
“The literary arts are fairly strong in Kodiak,” Koller said. “It spans across generations. These two are great because their knowledge is so varied in literature.”
Zeleznik has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history, and Schmelzenbach is an English teacher at Kodiak High School. She hopes to include her high school students in future shows.
“I’m hoping my students will be able to contribute to the show because we will be talking about characters they are familiar with,” she said.
“Twisted Lit” will air on Sundays at 8 p.m. “Piano Jazz” has been moved to Wednesdays at 11 p.m.
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