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‘First Lady Focus’ hits campus airwaves

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Mary Castro and KFSR Program Director Julie Logan, hosts of “First Lady Focus,” talk about their new show after taping Sunday’s segment. Katie Eleneke / The Collegian

When KFSR 90.7 program director Julie Logan pitched the idea of a radio show to Mary Castro months ago, Castro didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity.

As the wife of Fresno State President Joseph Castro began attending community events and encountering new faces when first arriving in Fresno, she was impressed by the many passionate remarks about Fresno State.

She continued to meet professors and students who were involved at Fresno State or at the top of their fields and felt compelled to craft the show into something that would showcase what it means to be a part of Fresno State.

The show airs at 10 a.m. Sundays on KFSR 90.7 FM. So far, there have been four shows.

Castro’s favorite part about the show is getting to tell people’s personal stories, she said.

In her show “First Lady’s Focus,” she tries not to reiterate an individual’s accolades and awards, but instead digs into what has made them who they are. The key is finding a person’s passion and how they translate that into giving back to Fresno State, she said.

“This is a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-curtain look at what makes a person want to be here and be connected to Fresno State.”

In the first segment of “First Lady’s Focus,” Logan interviewed Mary Castro as Fresno State’s “First Lady.”

From there, Castro became a host and conducted interviews. The second show was an interview with her husband, President Joseph Castro. The show has also featured Dr. Honora Chapman, Smittcamp Family Honors College director, and will feature Associated Students, Inc. President Moses Menchaca Sunday.

“It’s harder to interview someone that you know very well, rather than someone you just have an acquaintance with,” she said.

Since this is Castro’s first experience on the radio, Logan, her co-host, helped her feel comfortable.

“Julie and I can sit and talk for hours and hours,” Castro said.

“Honestly, we just have to stop ourselves!” Logan added.

Castro is attentive to fostering a warm environment to help guests open up. She asks questions like “Where did you grow up? Who were your first mentors? How did you first get a spark to learning, or how did you become interested in whatever field you entered? Who identified that in you?”

“Once you get someone talking about something they are really joyful about doing, it’s very easy,” she said.

Castro and Logan both referred to the studio space as intimate.

“For me, I like the small setting because the nature of the show is personal, and you’re right there up next to each other,” Castro said.

Menchaca, who will be featured on Sunday’s show, said the cozy setting mimicked that of a conversation in a bar.

“It’s really exciting to me that they trust me enough that they know that my motives are to put the spotlight on them,” Castro said of her guests.

For more information, or past show information, visit www.kfsr.org.