The Dinner Party

6 - 8 pm Saturdays on WUSC 90.5 FM, Columbia, SC

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Contact the show at or 803-576-9872 (WUSC)

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party is a weekly alumni radio show on WUSC. My Spring 2017 semester timeslot is Saturday's from 6-8 PM. This might change in the summer, but I will try to keep it consistent.

The music is focused on Brazillian, Cuban, and African styles, just because I like them.

The show will also feature recorded pieces and live interviews on topics of interest to the community. I will try to get recordings posted here at some point.

  • Sunday January 8, 2017: Fred Sellers of Edward Jones discussed financial planning for college students. We also played his 112 year-old Victrola hand-cranked record player. Most of the records skipped, but it was fun. Read more about these machines on this site.
  • Sunday January 8, 2017: We discussed racism, poverty, and AIDS in South Carolina with Rev. John Culp. He founded the Salkehatchie Summer Service . Salkehatchie sends volunteers to repair the homes of people in need.
  • Saturday January 21, 2017: I aired a recorded piece on Human Trafficking in South Carolina. You can listen to it below.
  • Saturday January 21, 2017: We talked with Tia Williams of the Midlands Anchor organization. They aim to connect and promote local startups, arts groups, and communities.

Human Trafficking in South Carolina

This piece includes interviews with SC Attorney General Alan Wilson, Cpt. Heidi Jackson and Investigator Don Hicks of the Richland County Sheriff's Department, social worker Carla Damron, and Jen Thompson, Executive Director of Lighthouse for Life. It is 26 minutes.


Author James D. McCallister Interview

A 45 minute interview with local author James D. McCallister on the craft and business of writing. Don is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop and SC Fiction Project. He was a Faulkner-Wisdom novel finalist and a Saturday Evening Post short story finalist. He also teaches creative writing at Midlands Technical College and has appeared at the SC Book Festival. His work on his novel Fellow Traveler was collected by the McHenry Library at the University of California-Santa Cruz, and made part of the Grateful Dead Archive special collection. And you can see his website at

Artist Kim Register, of the band Loamlands, Interview

A 15 minute interview with singer Kim Register of the band Loamlands. They recently released an amazing album called Sweet High Rise. Their sound reminds me of Natilie Merchant and REM. The songs address important issues with a beautiful sound. I first heard their song Little River, and immediately wanted to interview the band. Also, they are from next door in Durham, North Carolina. Check out their website at

Director of Richland County DSS Reece Palmer, Interview

A one hour interview with the Director of Richland County DSS Reece Palmer. We discussed domestic violence, child protective services, elder care, financial assistance, and the foster family programs.