Featured Image: Theron and Timothy Thomas pose with UVI students outside of the WUVI campus radio station. (Photo courtesy of Shahim Skeete)
Nathalie Trow-McDonald |
St. Thomas native born performing artists, R. City, participated in an interview yesterday at WUVI, the student-run radio station at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Brothers, Timothy and Theron, spent about half an hour being interviewed by Shahim “Jay” Skeete, WUVI Production Manager, and D’Ajahni Estrada-Petersen, WUVI Public Relations Manager.
R. City has a history of supporting the local student radio station. They have participated in live interviews before as well as their father and producer, Kiebo Thomas.
The artists are currently on break from touring with Maroon 5 and returned home to be the first to receive the keys to the territory from Governor Kenneth Mapp. Not only did they receive the keys, but September 27, 2016, was announced as official R. City Day to commemorate their many accomplishments in the music industry and for serving as both role models and goodwill ambassadors for the territory
During the live interview, several UVI students who were present to meet the local stars were sharing the interview through Facebook Live. The brothers addressed callers to the station and the Facebook viewership to answer questions such as: “When will you return to Dallas?” or “Would you rather have [student] housing be renamed after you or keep the key [to the territory]?”
“I would keep the name because the name has a lot to do with people here that has nothing to do with me or my brother and I wouldn’t want to put my name over it,” humbly explained Timothy.
“There may be people in housing who have never met me and my brother. There might be people living there who are fresh to St. Thomas saying ‘I’m from Rock City,’ but nah, they should be saying ‘I’m from housing meh son, I’m from housing,” laughed Theron.
Following the interview was a meet and greet with the numerous students who gathered in and around the station.
R. City took the time to address the Radio Production course and speak through teleconference to the students on the St. Croix campus, even posing for pictures with the television screen they appeared on in the classroom.
Local artists, R. City, pose with UVI Radio Production class on the St. Thomas Campus with St. Croix students on video-conference. (Photo courtesy of Dara Cooper)
Sankofa Saturdays, a sponsor of WUVI, purchased paraphernalia for the famous duo including shirts, sweatpants, hoodies and face towels all boldly advertising UVI.
“I’m going to pose with this hoodie whenever I go!” exclaimed Theron Thomas. “I’m going to wear it out.”
R. City announced to WUVI’s listenership that they have a busy year ahead of them. One can find them completing the Maroon V Tour until March 2017 as well as performing and hosting parties as part of the Miami Carnival starting next week.
The full interview with R. City can be found online on WUVI’s SoundCloud profile.
R. City was offering autographs even on one student’s pair of sneakers. (Photo courtesy of Shahim Skeete)