Angelique Perrin.
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“Standby for FLOTUS”: MA student Angelique Perrin interviews Michelle Obama

Angelique Perrin has had a long and successful career on the entertainment side of radio and TV. Characters she created became established voices on radio stations nationwide, on BET, TBS, Disney Junior and Nickelodeon. George Lucas cast her in a recurring role as a Jedi master on the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

And she also happens to be a Master’s in Specialized Journalism student at USC Annenberg.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Perrin interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama for a syndicated radio show she produces and co-hosts, called “Café Mocha,” which airs on Sirius/XM 141 and on stations across the country, including in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington D.C.

It wasn’t her first interview with Michelle Obama. This was her third time around. Each time, Perrin evaluates her audience, prepares questions and writes her script – all framed in the news of the moment. And each time, Perrin said, she’s nervous.

When she hears “Standby for FLOTUS,” she breathes. Deeply.

“I don’t think you ever get used to, or comfortable with, this level of exchange. It’s amazing every time,” Perrin said after her nine-minute interview with Michelle Obama this week, just days before the Presidential election.

Click below to hear excerpts from Perrin’s interview, which she adapted into a story for USCAnnenbergMedia.com. Hear the full interview on Cafe Mocha Radio on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon on Sirius/XM 141, or go online to Atlanta’s Majic 107.5 on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Gretchen Parker McCartney is Director of Media Relations for USC Annenberg. Prior to joining USC in 2010, she was a reporter for Us Weekly and a writer for The Associated Press and newspapers in Florida and Texas. Her work has appeared in publications all over the world; most recently, she was a...

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