People say the connections students make in college last a lifetime. Ben Flanagan and Corey Craft met while working in student media at the University of Alabama.
Through this connection, Flanagan and Craft realized their shared love for film and turned it into “Aspect Radio,” a talk radio show on WVUA.
The show airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday, with podcasts of each episode available on their website, aspectradio.tumblr.com.
“Aspect Radio” features movie reviews, industry news, discussion about film in general and interviews with local and national guests.
Many of the guests from around the country are well-known to movie buffs. They have included Michael Phillips, a film critic from The Chicago Tribune; Scott Tobias, AV Club film editor; Adam Kempenaar, co-host of WBEZ Chicago Public Radio movie show “Filmspotting” and others.
Luck plays a big role in getting these types of guests on the show, Flanagan said.
He said it is as simple as sending an e-mail to someone they are fans of and asking them to come on because the worst thing they can do is say no.
“It’s shocking to us how game some of these people that we personally admire as critics, whose work we are so into, are willing to get involved with ours and come talk to us,” Craft said.
Craft says the interview that stood out the most was with Michael Phillips because of its “feisty discussion” about recent films and his time spent at the Toronto Film Festival.
Flanagan said, though it might sound corny, he has been equally excited for each guest but he was most nervous for Adam Kempenaar.
“I was basically talking to my source of my inspiration to start the show, and I made that clear to him on the show and in our e-mails,” he said. “It really sort of made my year, it really made my quote-unquote podcasting career so far.”
His podcasting career started as an undergraduate student at the University working at WVUA. He was a playlist DJ as a freshman in 2004, became promotions director in 2006 and started a movie talk show called “Reeling” that lasted until he graduated.
Along with WVUA, Flanagan worked in the entertainment section of The Crimson White, first as a reporter then as entertainment editor. Craft also served as entertainment editor for the paper as an undergraduate, as well as editor-in-chief of both The Crimson White and the Corolla.
“It’s an interesting dynamic that these relationships between CW alums, guys who worked with each other or were just acquaintances with each other were able to develop this sort of mini community, this sub community of film discourse,” Flanagan said.
All of the local guests who appear on the show on a regular basis are a part of this mini community formed out of working at The Crimson White. The conversations they have with the frequent local guests are just as important as those held with nationally recognized guests, Flanagan said.
“They really help make up the personality of the show,” he said, “so we’re happy with whoever we have on.”
Flanagan compared the conversations they have to being in film school for a second time because it’s like getting a clinic on how to talk about films on a weekly basis.
Whether its reviewing the latest films or talking with guests, both Craft and Flanagan said the best part of Aspect Radio is the conversation because they get to pick the brains of so many people who are so passionate about film.
“We’re just really excited about what we do,” Craft said. “We like to think we put on a good show and we’re going places with it.”