Programmer Spotlight: Matt Hume

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Every week this summer, CJSW takes you behind the mic in the booth to spotlight one of our amazing programmers. This week’s spotlight programmer is Matt Hume of Days of Future Thrash, airing Tuesday nights from 11 p.m. to midnight. Matt chatted about comics, superheroes and the wonder of a mean spicy panini. Interview by Melanie Woods.

What program do you host and what does it focus on?

I host Days of Future Thrash, that’s Tuesdays from 11 p.m. to midnight. It focuses on punk, metal and comic books.

What kind of comic books are we talking about here?

I know that comic books can be a very interesting and pathfinding medium, but I like to focus on the classic superhero aspect of comic books — that very fun, bang, pow, panel-to-panel action. I also like to make sure that I’m trying to keep people up to date with what’s going on in that superhero comic book world in between a couple of fast guitar jams. I also try to every week do a character spotlight on a comic book character that I think either people don’t know enough about or that people might enjoy. So I try to share that about halfway through the show every episode.

What’s the connection between punk rock and comic books?

Punk rock and comic book together just embody that childlike action of just having fun in an arts way. At least personally growing up with both listening to Blink 182 and Iron Maiden and reading old X-Force comics just kind of embodies who I am today in the silliest of ways. I like being able to share that almost childlike excitement of discovering what’s the first real angsty art form in music as well as just that wonder and discovery in comic books.

What is your favourite thing about CJSW?

I think my favourite thing about CJSW is the fact that everyone I’ve met here brings something interesting whether that be a personality or artistic taste to the table. And everyone that I talk to either teaches me something new about what I should be listening to, what I should be watching, or what I should be paying attention to — whether that’s in the Calgary arts scene or in music or art in general. And I feel like I get to learn a lot from them in general and also share what I’m passionate about with everybody and everybody is interested. That’s what I love the most about CJSW.

Last, but most important, what is your favourite sandwich?

My favourite sandwich, I would say, is a nice spicy panini. One coming out of my own kitchen is always the best one. You gotta have that panini press — I wanna see maybe a nice thin-sliced focaccia bread, I wanna see some nice hot calabrese salami. You need some hot cappocollo, a nice thick slice of melty provolone cheese and some oiled eggplants and you got yourself a mean panini.

Check out Matt’s show, Days of Future Thrash, Tuesday nights from 11 p.m. to midnight on CJSW 90.9 FM and online at

Days of Future Thrash