UNC student DJ's got a chance to be on the New York radio show, The Harlem Connection, along with linguistics professor J. Michael Terry on an episode that focused on the power of words.
The Harlem Connection is a weekly radio program with themed episodes that showcase different music with a connection to Harlem.
The theme of the "Tar Heels Takeover" show was Nommo, an Afrocentric term referring to the power that words have to create and change reality.
Terry, an associate professor in the department of linguistics and adjunct associate professor in the department of African, African American, and Diaspora studies, spoke on the show about his research on African American English dialects and how differences in home and school dialects can affect children’s education.
The L.A.W., executive producer and an on-air host of The Harlem Connection, has been friends with Terry since first grade and said he was the perfect person to interview for the Nommo-themed episode.
“Since I have this research project that dealt with the power of language in that broad sense, it made sense to pull me in and put me on the air," Terry said.
The L.A.W. said he was struck by Terry's enthusiasm as he spoke about the University in their interview.
“He has a way of talking about UNC that is just really exciting and engaging,” The L.A.W. said. “I thought it would be really cool if we could capture some of the energy of the students, and that’s what led me down the rabbit hole to reaching out to the local radio station to say ‘Hey, let’s see if we can get some students involved.’”
DJ AD, DJ BANGS and DJ Moomaw — all DJs from WXYC, UNC's student-run radio station — were featured on the show.